Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The looting of Kenya under President Moi

The breathtaking extent of corruption perpetrated by the family of Daniel Arap Moi is revealed in a secret report which lays bare a web of shell companies, secret trusts and frontmen used to steal over two billion dollars worth of state money.

The suppressed U.K auditor's report details how Kenyan state finances were laundered across the world to buy properties and companies in London, New York and South Africa and even a 10,000 hectare ranch in Australia. The countries involved in the corrupt dealings include Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Finland, Germany, Grand Cayman, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malawi, Namibia, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, the UAE, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States and DRC.

The intricately detailed report, commissioned by President Kibaki after his 2002 election victory but later suppressed, forensically investigates corrupt transactions and holdings by several powerful members of the Kenyan elite. The sums are comparable in magnitude to the looting of infamous kleptocrats such as Mobutu (Zaire), Marcos (Philippines), Abacha (Nigeria), Suharto (Indonesia) and Fujimori (Peru). The leaked material is extremely politically sensitive. Ex-President Moi has become a key player in political life in Kenya, and is now an essential pillar in President Kibaki's campaign for re-election in December 2007.

Kenyans want graft punnished

(Graph showing results of the survey, with a sample of 2,400 respondents)

According to a recent survey, most Kenyans want individuals implicated in corruption to be dealt with conclusively without the option of amnesty. They also want the stolen money returned to the country and would like to elect a president who is committed to fighting corruption. It is for this reason that a half of Kenyans view Raila Odinga as the most ideal president.

50% of those interviewed by research organisation Infotrak, on behalf of Africa Centre for Open Governance (Africog) in October, said they believed the outgoing Lang’ata MP was the most committed to end corruption. President Kibaki, seeking re-election on PNU, is the second most preferred candidate to fight the evil at 33 per cent, with ODM Kenya presidential aspirant Kalonzo Musyoka coming third at 17 per cent.

The question asked was “Who among the presidential candidates do you feel will be most committed to fight corruption?”

The 2,400 Kenyans polled in the study responded by choosing a candidate they perceived was best suited to tackle corruption.
The sampling was done using Population Proportionate to Size and defined by age, area and gender. Only those above 18 were interviewed. Mr Odinga got most of his support from people aged between 18 and 44 years, while President Kibaki is the favourite for senior citizens. The ODM torch-bearer’s lead was attributed to Kenyans’ thirst for change since 2002, and youth disappointment with the performance of the Kibaki administration.

Mr Odinga’s supporters, the report showed, were however, disappointed with his promise of amnesty for those involved in past crimes, as opposed to his earlier statement to firmly deal with them and ensure they answered for their crimes. The findings indicated that corruption was a main issue of concern in this year’s elections (89 per cent) followed by unemployment (78) and food, poverty and insecurity (each 76). Other issues include high taxes and prices of commodities, poor infrastructure, tribalism, lack of a proper constitution and gender inequality.

Most voters felt corruption was entrenched in the country and that there was high impunity. Corruption was mainly an issue for those aged between 18 and 44. Eighty-two per cent said little had been done to bring to book those involved in graft, showed the report launched at The Stanley hotel in Nairobi Tuesday. A majority of Kenyans further believed that corruption was still rampant in government institutions and that sacred cows abound.

Most of Mr Odinga’s supporters (63 per cent) want the full force of the law applied against corrupt persons, President Kibaki (46) and Mr Musyoka (39). Most of Mr Musyoka’s supporters are against his call for forgiveness of those involved in past crime, saying they should instead pay back and apologise.

“This shows the people are aware of the opportunity costs of corruption. They want those who stole from them not to be allowed to continue enjoying the loot. They want the resources returned,” said Ms Gladwell Otieno, who heads Africog. Kenya National Human Rights Commission chief Maina Kiai said the Kibaki administration had the best chance to ensure accountability in 2003 “but nothing happened”.

“The Government started losing its path when it started doing what (former President) Moi did. Raila should keep the reform agenda otherwise he will suffer the same fate...,” said Mr Kiai.

Kenyans should keep the next government on its toes to tackle corruption starting from January 2 after inauguration, Mr Kiai said.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Will Raila win Langata this time round?

Despite leading presidential opinion polls by 11 percentage points (his closest opponent is Mwai Kibaki at 39%), it seems if elections were held today, Raila Odinga would lose his Langata seat, even by a landslide. What does this bode for his presidential ambitions?

Something sisnister has been going on in Langata, behind everyone's back: there is a deliberate attempt to ensure that thousands of people do not get to vote. This is further complicated by the fact that thousands of voters from Central province have been registered in Langata with the sole objective of ensuring that Raila does not win Langata, and consequently, the presidency.

And what has brought on this vendetta, you may ask? Flash back to 2005. Raila sets in motion a series of events to hand Kibaki his most humiliating electoral defeat since he decided to move his base from Doonholm in the 60s. The chain of events that followed the referendum clearly show evidence of bitterness and a hurried emotional decision on the part of the president that almost caused his government to come crashing down. You will remember that the usually laid back, make-no-hurried-or-drastic-decisions president suddenly made the unprecedented move of sacking all cabinet ministers and the country remained without a cabinet for slightly over two weeks. The move was an emotional one to show the enemy who was really in charge, but backfired badly when, to the utter shock of Kenyans, politicians did what they have never done before: they rejected their appointments. In fact, there was a time when it looked like nothing would save the Kibaki government until last minute horse-trading brought Musikari Kombo and Charity Ngilu back in line. Others, like Wangari Maathai, refused their appointments altogether.

It is clear that the bitter taste of those events has never left the president’s mouth and it is difficult for him or any of the PNU top brass to make any speech or public utterance without hurling a barb or two in the direction of Raila Odinga and ODM. In fact the president and his insiders blame every failure of their administration on Raila Odinga, and are very determined to teach the Langata MP a lesson he will never forget. What is now emerging is exactly what kind of lesson they intend to "teach" Raila.

But, true to character, Raila is always one step ahead of his detractors. Sources have intimated to us that there is a possibility that Raila will stand in either Bondo or Muhoroni. This completely throws a spanner in the works for Kibaki's team, because as we all know, Raila will be elected unopposed in any contituency he chooses in Nyanza.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Stop Press: Latest Steadman Poll results (announced Friday AM, 26.10.2007)

The latest Steadman polls have just been released and as predicted, Raila Odinga still leads the pack. Coming in a distant second is president Kibaki, who has managed to wrestle two precentage points to his popularity. Most baffling, however, is Kalonzo Musyoka who, despite vigourous rallies in his Kambaland backyard and mobilizing people to his rallies, still maintains an 8% stranglehold.

Breaking news reaching us a we post this blog is that the ECK has finally announced the date for the elections. Previous reports pointed to an election before Christmas, in a clean break with the past. But we can now confirm that the General Elections will be held on Thursday 27th December 2007.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

2007 presidential canditates at a glance

Raila Odinga
• Born in Nyanza Province on January 7, 1945

• The second son of Kenya’s first vice-president, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and his wife Mary

• Raila is the MP for Langata. He is married to Ida and they have four children

• Graduated from Otto von Guericke Technical University, Magdeburg, Germany, in 1970, with a MSc in Mechanical Engineering. He returned to Kenya to take care of the Odinga family after his father’s detention without trial in 1969

• Raila was an assistant lecturer at the University of Nairobi before joining the nascent Kenya Bureau of Standards. He established a family business, which manufactures liquid petroleum gas cylinders

• The increasing repression by the state led to Raila’s wider political participation against the evils in this land. Today, Raila works for the third liberation of Kenya — liberation from the corruption and ethnic favouritism that has bedevilled the nation’s social and economic progress for over 40 years

• He was elected MP for the cosmopolitan constituency of Langata, Nairobi, in 1992 and retained his seat in subsequent General Elections in 1997 and 2002

• He spent nine years in the opposition, first in Ford-Kenya and then in the National Democratic Party. In 2001, Raila was appointed minister for energy in the KANU government. Later, as member of the Liberal Democratic Party, he was part of the National Rainbow Coalition that won the 2002 elections and broke KANU’s hold on power since 1963

• He was appointed minister for Roads, Public Works and Housing, but was replaced in the cabinet at the end of 2005 after his opposition to constitutional reforms led to a referendum victory against the government

• As a cabinet minister, Raila effected extensive reforms in the ministries he worked for. His opposition to successive governments that have looted Kenya has led him into three periods of detention without trial

• He was detained for a total of eight years, six of them spent in solitary confinement. As the MP for a constituency that houses a large number of Nairobi’s urban poor, Raila has initiated several poverty-alleviation and education projects

Kalonzo Musyoka
• Born on December 24, 1953 in Tseikuru, Mwingi district to Mr. and Mrs. Musyoka Mairu

• In 1960, he joined Tseikuru Full Primay School

• Joined Kitui High School in 1968 for O Levels

• Joined Meru High School for A Levels after good performance in Form Four in 1972. In 1973, he sat for his examination and scored three principals and one subsidiary pass that earned him a place to follow his cherished dream of studying Law at the University of Nairobi

• He completed his Law degree in 1977 and joined the Kenya Law School to train as an advocate

• Subsequently, he joined Kaplan and Stratton and from 1978, Musyoka developed close ties with the Rotary Club of Nairobi. In later years, he was elected its chairman

• In 1985, he married his long time girlfriend, Pauline, and they have four children

Mwai Kibaki
• Born to Kibaki Githinji and Teresia Wanjiku on November 15, 1931 in Gatuyaini village, Central Province

• Completed Sub A and Sub B (equivalent of standard one and two) at Gatuyaini Village School. Went to Karima Mission School before joining Mathari School between 1944 and 1946

• Worked as a turn boy on buses operated by the defunct Othaya African Bus Union

• From 1947-1950, he went to Man’gu High School for O Levels. He was influenced by the veterans of the two world wars in his village and considered becoming a soldier. However, this did not materialise because the chief colonial secretary, Walter Coutts, barred the recruitment of Kikuyu, Embu and Meru into the army

• He went to Makerere University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, History and Political Science. He was the chairman of the Kenya Students Association and the vice-chairman of Makerere Students Guild. He graduated in 1955 with a First Class Honours Degree in Economics and became the assistant sales manager of Shell Company of East Africa, Uganda

• The same year, he joined the London School of Economics for a B.Sc in Public Finance, graduating with a distinction

• From 1958-1960, he was an assistant lecturer in the Economics Department at Makerere. He was also involved in the founding of the KANU party and in 1960, he returned home to take up a job with KANU as an executive officer

• In 1962, he married Lucy Muthoni, the daughter of a church minister. They have four children and three grandchildren

• In 1963 he contested the Donholm Constituency in Nairobi, which he won

• From 1963 to 1965, he was the parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance and was appointed a minister in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry where he served until 1969. In the same year, Kibaki was re-elected the MP for Donholm Constituency. He was later moved to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning where he served from 1970 to 1978. In 1974, he moved his political base from Nairobi to Othaya and was re-elected to represent Othaya

• He was re-elected MP for the same constituency in 1979, 1983 and 1988. Kibaki was also the Othaya KANU chairman from 1974 to 1991 when he resigned from KANU to found the Democratic Party (DP)

• He was appointed vice-president in 1978 when Daniel Arap Moi took over power following the death of founding president, Jomo Kenyatta. He served in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning until 1983 when he moved to the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Heritage

• He served until 1988 when he was moved to the Ministry of Health. From 1978 to 1988, Kibaki was the leader of Government Business and chairman of the Sessional Committee

• From 1978 to 1988, he was the KANU vice-president. Kibaki founded DP on December 25, 1991 and vied for the presidency on its ticket in the 1992 elections. He came third after Moi and Kenneth Matiba. In 1997, he contested for the presidency and came second to Moi

• He became a member and the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 1997 to 2002. In January 1998, DP became the Official Opposition Party hence Kibaki became its leader. He also became a member of the House Business Committee from 1998 to 2002 and was sworn in as president on December 30, 2002 after winning in the preceding elections held on December 27, 2002. He is Kenya’s third president

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Moi’s entry into Kibaki’s campaign has added only misery in the incumbent’s re-election bid

For President Mwai Kibaki, it will be a do-or-die battle as he seeks his second and final term. The deep-seated feeling in his main challenger, Raila Odinga of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) that the incumbent never reciprocated the support he gave him in the 2002 elections, is still a bone of contention between the two.

Claims also emerged that the government was behind the move to split ODM and support Odinga’s election as the party flag bearer in the hope that he would be easy to beat at the polls. However, it became apparent that Kibaki’s strategists miscalculated Odinga’s popularity.

The entry of the retired president Daniel Arap Moi into Kibaki’s campaign bandwagon has added more misery into the incumbent’s re-election bid. The former president who was expected to harvest the over 2.5 million votes from his Kalenjin community, has received massive resistance from ODM’s Pentagon member, William Ruto, winning the support of the community to Moi’s chagrin.

Vice-president Moody Awori was also expected to easily win votes from the Luhya community in Western Kenya, but the ODM tide has swept the region to an extent that winning the Funyula seat by the vice-president might even be a nightmare for the octogenarian. Former vice-president in Moi’s government Musalia Mudavadi and Odinga’s running mate has taken control of the region like thunder.

The ODM wave has also not spared the Muslim community; majority of whom have thrown their weight behind Odinga over claims that Kibaki’s administration had mistreated Muslims and deported genuine Kenyans to Ethiopia and other Arab countries over terrorism links.

Nomination rows also continue to jolt Party of National Unity (PNU)’s plans to upstage ODM with over 500 parliamentary and civic aspirants, mainly from NARC-Kenya demanding a meeting with Kibaki to discuss the nomination method by PNU and an assurance that the exercise will be free and fair.

Raila Odinga
The launch of Odinga’s presidential campaign at Uhuru Park in Nairobi last Saturday was indeed a show of might and the thousands who turned up for the rally, was a clear indication that Mwai Kibaki has to dig deeper into his vast experience if he has to remain in State House.

The big turn out was reminiscent of the National Rainbow Coalition euphoria of December 30, 2002 when Kibaki was sworn in as Kenya’s third president after confining the then ruling Kenya African National Union to the periphery of power for the first time in over 40 years?

The nomination turn out in ODM is also a cause of concern for Kibaki. The party’s bank account boasts of Ksh300m (sh7.5b) with over 1,290 parliamentary aspirants having picked ODM nomination forms for 210 slots in the constituencies and 151,490 in the civic seats.

Soon after Odinga was confirmed ODM presidential candidate, his poll ratings started a sharp upward climb at the expense of both Kibaki and Kalonzo Musyoka of ODM-Kenya. It is not by coincidence that polls show Odinga enjoying his greatest advantage among the youth who are the majority of voters — about seven million out of the 14 million registered voters.

The Standard and Nation media groups’ commissioned surveys show Odinga as Kenya’s favourite choice for the top seat.

The surveys showed Odinga popular among the youth and working population, while Kibaki is popular among older citizens and the working population.

The Odinga wave that has swept across six provinces in the country except Kibaki’s central province and Kalonzo Musyoka’s eastern, is a cause for worry with Kibaki’s key men warning against the belief that ‘Raila is unelectable’ was no longer tenable.

Odinga was believed to be too radical, divisive and unpredictable to sell easily outside his Luo Nyanza. But due to the defection to the party by former health minister Charity Ngilu, the president’s men have retreated to the drawing board to devise new strategies on how PNU can calm the Odinga wave. Musalia Mudavadi remained steadfast in ODM even after failing to secure the ticket.

Kalonzo Musyoka
He abandoned Odinga’s group to run his own presidential campaign on ODM-Kenya ticket. This has been reduced to a small regional grouping. Musyoka’s exit boosted Odinga’s stature as he embarked on driving his campaign with vigour.

Last year, Musyoka was regarded as the favourite to win the presidency having led in opinion polls, but his decision to hijack ODM-Kenya from the Raila group buried his hopes. Like Odinga, Musyoka is rooting for a federal system of government.

Ngilu’s decision to support Odinga instead of his clan mate, Kalonzo, was another clear indicator that the former foreign affairs minister was just but a joy rider. He is still optimistic of emerging winner on the homestretch, but only time will tell whether Kalonzo is warming to team up with PNU at the 11th hour.

Ngilu joins ODM Pentagon

Narc chairperson Charity Ngilu yesterday joined ODM’s top decision making organ — the Pentagon — as presidential candidate Raila Odinga reached out for women’s votes in the December General Election.

And Mr Odinga told his PNU rival President Kibaki to prepare for a bruising battle following the dissolution of Parliament.

“ODM is ready. The whistle has been blown and the race has began. We are now going to campaign vigorously,” Mr Odinga told hundreds of women during the launch of Women Winning with Raila 2007.

Mr Odinga, who was accompanied by Pentagon members Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto and Joseph Nyaga, said Mrs Ngilu was admitted because her vision was the same as that of the members, and that she was with him during the fight for the second liberation.

Mrs Ngilu was sacked as Health minister after announcing her support for Mr Odinga’s presidential bid.

Mr Mudavadi, who is also Mr Odinga’s running mate, clarified that the Pentagon was like the US defence headquarters — a strategic planning area — and Mrs Ngilu’s entry to make the number of members six, including Mr Najib Balala, could not change the name.

Mr Odinga promised women equal land and inheritance rights with men and free sanitary towels and maternity treatment if he wins the presidency.

“More water points will be constructed countrywide to ensure women only use their backs to carry babies and not water,” Mr Odinga told the women who had gathered at Moi international sports centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

Mr Odinga’s government would also arrest and jail those involved in child marriages, eradicate illiteracy among women and diseases such as malaria and typhoid.

Women will further enjoy equal number of nomination slots to Parliament with men and more positions in government.

The politician asked women seeking ODM’s civic and parliamentary seats to report male rivals who use violence and abusive language against them, so that they can be disqualified.

Mr Odinga accused current and previous regimes of oppressing and neglecting women.

He reminded the group that change did not come easily.

ODM recognised the rights of women, and without them, no country could develop, said Mr Odinga.
He added that Kenyan women were hungry for development and needed change.
He regretted that despite working long hours on their farms and in homes, women were still the highest affected by poverty and HIV and Aids. They were also marginalised.

Answering President Kibaki, who last Saturday said Mr Odinga did little when he was in government, the ODM leader said it was the Head of State who had been in government for 33 years.

The outgoing Lang’ata MP said at a time when Kenya’s economy recorded five per cent growth, Uganda’s grew by seven, Tanzania nine, Angola 17 and Mozambique 18 per cent.

Mrs Ngilu led the women in declaring their support for Mr Odinga and ODM. They also supported his call for majimbo system for equity in distribution of resources and development.

The meeting was attended by several outgoing MPs in ODM.

Reading between the lines: is Kibaki throwing in the towel?

Media reports indicate that president Kibaki could be throwing in the towel. On Tuesday, during a campaign tour of Ukambani, Kibaki made it clear that he would accept the verdict of voters in the upcoming General Election to be slated, for the first time ever, before Christmas. Said the President: “ The time has come for you voters to decide. If you think that I deserve another term, I will say thank you so much, but if you say I go home in preference to somebody else, I will do so in dignity.”

This is a sudden departure from his usual arrogant and self-confident demeanour, most noticeable during the Referendum campaigns, when he made the regrettably infamous "pumbavu" statement. As we all know, Kenyans were offended at being reffered to as "pumbavu" and paid him with his own coin by showing him who the real "pumbavu" was.

ODM flag bearer Raila Odinga came under attack at various stages in the rally, with leaders accompanying the President cautioning voters against trusting him with their votes. But the leaders, who included Ministers John Michuki and Kivutha Kibwana and outgoing MP Adelina Mwau tactfully avoided portraying ODM-Kenya candidate Kalonzo Musyoka negatively.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Raila vs. Moi: our soothsayer looks into her crystal ball a second time

The year is two thousand and eight. All is quiet and peaceful on the dark January night. Suddenly, a haunting scream pierces the dense darkness. It is Moi screaming at the top of his voice.

An aide runs across to the bedroom to check on the former president. Thank God, it is only a bad dream. "Mzee…mzee…" The aide calls out as he tries in vain to stir the former president out of his nightmare.

But Moi is completely possessed and he starts screaming uncontrollably: "Raila, Raila, Raila!"

"Mzee… please wake up." The aide respectfully shakes the old man by the shoulder. Just like the three previous nights, Moi is having another of his disturbing Raila nightmares.

The aide shakes Moi harder and finally the former president snaps out of his scary dream. His face is covered in sweat and his lips are trembling. Tightly clutching on to his rungu, he stares at the aide like a zombie; he looks around the room and then turns back to his aide, "Who is the president of Kenya?" he asks in a hoarse, loud whisper.

The aide takes a few steps backwards. Clearly, the poor fellow dislikes the question, or is it the answer that he is being forced to deliver which terrifies him? He hesitates.

"Who is the president of Kenya?" Moi demands angrily.

"Ah…mzee, you already know it is Raila Odinga!" The man replies meekly.

"Oh no, not Raila, oh no, not Raila!" the former president agonizes in excruciating pain. Moi's worst nightmare is now a living reality...

If such a scenario seems exaggerated and overdramatized to you, it is not far-fetched! At the moment, Raila stands a chance at becoming the fourth president of the Republic of Kenya. I admit that President Kibaki presents a tough and credible challenge, but Tinga has never had a better opportunity. Moi realizes the likelihood of a Raila presidency and the old man is horrified!

A few days ago, the former president came out boldly and not only declared his support for Kibaki, but also promised to deliver the Rift Valley vote. He declared that Raila and Kalonzo were nothing more than tribal chiefs seeking to divide the country. But we know Moi. We have experienced Moi. And Kenya is lucky to have survived his twenty four year presidency, which was characterized by economic plunder, massive corruption, runaway inflation, tribal divisions, staggering unemployment, thieving government officials, great injustice and of course tribal clashes and ethnic cleansing.

Obviously Moi, just like any other private citizen, has the constitutional right to support whichever presidential candidate he chooses, but that's where his political influence must stop. Moi has lost his political credibility; his bad history invalidates any vision he might have had for our dear country. So now we must ask: why is Moi supporting Kibaki? It is hypocritical to pretend as human beings that we all don't have our own agendas - some self-serving and some for the common good - but Moi is a career politician, and that fact alone demands that Kenyans question and scrutinize his agenda.

It beats logic that today Moi considers Kibaki the best thing for Kenya. After all, Kibaki served Moi as vice president for ten years. But as we all know, Moi sacked Kibaki unceremoniously and replaced him with political charlatans. After the repeal of the contentious Section 2A of the Constitution, the two men remained on opposite sides of Kenyan politics. During the last elections, Moi campaigned feverishly against Kibaki and tried to impose Uhuru Kenyatta on Kenyans. Even during the Orange and Banana phenomenon, Moi stood against Kibaki. But after all that political history, it is perplexing that today Moi wants us to believe he has new-found love for Kibaki!

What Moi doesn't realize is the fact that in only five years, Kibaki has accomplished what he failed to do in twenty four. Kibaki's minor successes validate Moi's abysmal failure as Kenyan longest serving president. It is a pity that Kibaki's back is against the wall and is now left with no option but to reach out to his predecessor, who can only (and will) hurt him politically.

In my opinion, Moi doesn't believe in Kibaki as much as he fears Raila. In his wildest dreams, the former president never imagined that one day Kenyans across tribe would consider electing Raila the president of Kenya. Moi is a terrified man suffering from what I call RP - Raila Paranoia - and he wants to take the rest of us down with him. Moi knows that Raila can change Kenyan politics forever. Moi understands that Raila can right many of the wrongs perpetrated on the citizenry during his Nyayo error.

Raila is his own man; he is not susceptible to Moi's manipulation. He proved it by defying Moi during the last elections and made it worse when he killed the old man's dreams of a Uhuru Kenyatta presidency. When Raila quit Moi's "dream" team, he took with him Kalonzo, Kamotho, Siatoti and many others. Moi also understands that it is via Raila that Kibaki found his way to State House. Moi knows that Raila connects with the masses and has the ability and charisma to lead and influence the citizenry. Moi hates things that he can't control. This explains why a Raila presidency is simply unacceptable to him and has him shaking in his pants.

As we all know, Raila suffered long imprisonment and detention without trial during Moi's dictatorship. To justify Raila's unjust incarceration, Moi and his cronies vilified the man and demonized him. They sold Raila as a "radical" to the Kenyan people and, unfortunately, some among us bought the message and still cast Raila unfairly. Time, change and events have proven Raila right and in the process have greatly diminished Moi in the eyes of Kenyans.

In summary, we must respect Moi for who he is, but we must not fear the man. We must not have high expectations of the man for he is big on rhetoric, weak on strategy and terrible on performance. We cannot sacrifice the greater good of the country in order to honor Moi and make him feel special. Kenyans are not stupid. We are smart people, capable of rising and making our country a great place for every Kenyan man, woman and child. What we do not need are stumbling blocks to impede our progress and change our course. Kibaki, Raila and Kalonzo are all men capable of presenting their mandates to the people based on their visions, skills and ability. Let us judge each man based on their character, deeds, and vision. Moi must allow the Kenyan people to decide freely without any undue duress from him.

When it comes to Raila Odinga, we must all refrain from unbridled emotion and start applying the right logic. Sure, the man is a maverick and a nonconformist. Maybe he is a boisterous politician, but certainly he is not a radical who wants to hurt Kenya. And if you find yourself screaming and shaking in the middle of the night on account of a Raila presidency, then shake it off; maybe have a glass of cold water and go back to sleep. Leave "Raila Paranoia" to Moi, as we must focus on building our dear country not only for us but also for posterity. Kenya must be all it can be.

The rantings and ravings of a fed-up Kenyan

This is a message to all, especially our brothers and sisters from Mt. Kenya, who still seem to imagine they DON'T know why their man is being rejected by the rest of Kenya...

Take clear note Raila is a product of Kibaki's failure to keep his word. You guys from Central Province believe that all other Kenyans are silly and do not deserve the national cake. You assume that the House of Mumbi should be the only property owners and the other Kenyans should be consumers and servants.

Your guys should have known better that four years of Kibaki's rule consigned all Kenyans, except Mt. Kenyans, to the periphery, both economically and politically. Your man failed to practice equal justice, hence the current rejection.

Kibaki fired the people who made him president in the mistaken belief that he would just deceive Kenyans to vote for him again. He rewarded non-Kikuyu friends with nonexistent ministries such as Public Service, East African Corporation, Immigration and other weak ministries he created for non-Kikuyus. Important ministries such as Finance, Education, Constitutional Affairs, etc., have sons and daughters of Mumbi as heads. This arrangement is designed to boost Kikuyus academically and financially while disregarding all other Kenyans.

Who bought Kengen if I may ask? The scheme by Kibaki is evil at best. it is meant to subjugate and marginalize non-Kikuyus politically, economically and intellectually. Thank God Kenyans saw through your schemes before you went far!

Sample this:

Scholarships from the government and China in the last four years favoured Mt. Kenyans more than all other Kenyans – ask Mutua [Govt Spokesman] to publish the list.

Kenya Revenue Authority - from the fleas in the offices to the the head of Kenya Revenue Authorithy are from Central Province. Scheme: collect money and pass on some of it to Mt. Kenyans.

Most PCs, DCs, DOs and police chiefs in Rift Valley, Nyanza, etc., are from Mt. Kenya. Scheme: suppress and subjugate government critics in these areas, given that people in these regions are marginalized already.

In New York, The Kenyan Ambassador to the UN, Mr. Zachariah Dominic Mburi-Muita, recently got Kikuyus from Kenya and in the last 6 months alone hired 15 of them as Locals. You get to that office and it is all Kikuyus, some have no offices and work from the corridors. Kukuyu Language has become the official language in the Kenyan Mission to the UN. Get there and it is all Kikuyus. No wonder Kenyans and international bodies are tired of them. People suffer from what has come to be known as "The Kikuyu fatigue".

Constitution: Kibaki told Kenyans that The Bomas of Kenya Draft Constitution was the best for Kenya and promised that it would become Kenya Constitution 100 days after his inauguration. He never Kept the promise. He tried to unilaterally write another constitution favoring his cronies and kin, and it was CERTAINLY defeated at the Referendum. How would anyone trust him when he promises heaven in his campaigns? How about the MOU? The instrument that was used to CON Kenyans into voting him into power! Matere Keriri recently confessed that it was a scheme to get "us" into power. HOW CAN ANYONE TRUST A WORD FROM THIS MAN'S MOUTH?

If Kibaki is not giving Mt. Kenyans money to invest in businesses and buy government corporations, he is busy bribing non-Kikuyus with districts which are not self-sustaining, if not colleges and university campuses which in reality do not belong to the locals.

How about the Anglo-Leasing debacle? Has anyone forgotten that billions were stolen and Kibaki, according former PS John Githongo, knows exactly where the money went?

Kibaki has always boasted of economic growth. How can it happen without people benefiting? The ordinary guy in the village cannot afford sugar and bread. The prices of these items, which most Kenyans survive on, have more than doubled since 2002. These two are made from locally raised crops and yet they are very expensive. What does economic growth mean when the ordinary bread and sugar are luxuries to many Kenyans?

And now the MOTHER of them all: have you ever wondered WHY kuyos will never support anyone other than one of their own? Think back….TRY AS HARD to recall such an instance…pole! Can see you are getting a headache because HAKUNA… all the way from independence! Moi in all his years ruled without Mt. Kenyan support and votes, YET everyone else, at one point or another, has SUPPORTED and VOTED for you. The late Odinga started off with Kenyatta, and we thought after so many years, you have now learnt and now ready to jumuika na wakenya wengine, ndio we trooped in the thousands and voted in Kibaki, lakini lo! Enough is enough - you should never blame Kenyans if they NEVER EVER elect your ilk into office again… at least in the next few generations. SAHAU KABISA!

Why I support MAJIMBO

An analysis of the Wako and Bomas Drafts reveal that the Majimbo system, which has long been at the heart of the ODM campaign, is covered in the 14th chapter of both. It is baffling, then, that during The Referendum, the banana group went round advocating for their document (but lost miserably) and are now turning around with statements that can only point to the fact that they did not even take time to read what they were telling Kenyans to vote for.

Here is why I think, and most objective Kenyans will agree, we need Majimbo: in 2003 the government's own records show that Coast province contributed a whoopping Kshs. 57 billion in revenue to the treasury, while Nairobi and Central contirbuted Kshs. 129 billion and Kshs. I billion respectively. Upon receipt of this money, however, the venerable gentlemen at the Treasury decided to distribute it in a very peculiar manner, with the province contibuting the least getting the highest allocation of the national cake. Now, if Majimbo was in place, then the allocation would be more equitable, as detailed in the Bomas Draft. Get my drift?

We will all be smiling from the other side of our faces if we don't do something about this current situation, where the winner takes all; if the presindent is from your region, then you get the lion's share in terms of development. This is why people like Mwiraria are scared stiff and now issuing statements in Meru claiming that Raila would ban Miraa if elected president, in full knowledge that his Meru tribesmen are tres passionate about their main cash crop. At the same rally, Matere Keriri warns Central Kenya to turn out 100% and vote and if not, they will be cursed for failing Kibaki.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Stop Press! Kenyan Parliament finally dissolved

Monday 22nd October 2007
4:00 PM

Word reaching Siasa Duni is that President Kibaki has dissolved Parliament, paving the way for the General Elections proper. On 10th October, while adressing a campaign rally at Kajiado Stadium, Kibaki hinted at the imminent dissolution of Parliament and told Kenyans to prepare for the General Election whose date would be announced soon. "Just wait. This will be (done) very soon. When you hear that Parliament has been dissolved we shall announce the date," the President told a rally at the Kajiado Stadium as he went hunting for votes in South Rift Valley for the third day in as many weeks.

The ECK must now wait for at least 10 days (after the President dissolves Parliament) before it sets the stage for holding a General Election and announcing the election date. President Kibaki will be defending his seat on a PNU ticket. He will be facing off with Lang'ata MP Raila Odinga on an ODM ticket, Mr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka of ODM-K and Pastor Pius Muiru.

We will keep you posted on these developments as they unfold.

Lessons not learnt: another blast from the past as Mutahi Ngunyi advised Kibaki and the Gema Mafia circa Dec '03

2004 came and went, but they did not heed. Then came The Referednum in 2005, when non-Gemans gave a protest note, but the Gema elite mafia (with gullible support from their masses) still did not heed. Now 2007 is here, but they still cannot see it. Prophetic piece of writing, to say the least...

Sunday Nation, Dec 2003

Why our second liberation is yet to be completed

This week I want to give a suggestion to President Mwai Kibaki: He should fire his speechwriter! If we lived in a ''banana republic,'' these people would have actually been charged with sabotage. What they gave the President to read on Jamhuri Day was flat and shoddy.

In fact, his speech on this day sounded like recycled material from the Madaraka Day and Kenyatta Day addresses. And what is worrying is that his speechwriters did not even seem to notice the repetitions. The question we should ask here is why?

The answer to this is simple: Maybe they also slept through the speeches! The long and short of things is therefore that someone is being negligent.

Let us now turn to the fact that the President has finally put his portrait on our currency. In my view, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, there would be nothing wrong if he put a family portrait on one of the currency notes.

What we must understand here is that President Kibaki is a human being. He has urges and excesses. To deny him some things is therefore ridiculous. It is like placing a pot full of honey in front of a little boy and expecting him not to dip his finger into the stuff! In other words, our new President is cuddling in the warmth and comfort of the institutions that shaped former President Daniel arap Moi. And, if this is the case, why should we be surprised if he ''hatched'' into a dictator?

What we have witnessed in the last one year is the degeneration of President Kibaki from a reformer to a ''Toad King''. This process begins with the President becoming insensitive. At this point, he breaks one pledge after another without feeling a thing. And, as he does this, the question in his mind is: Where can you take me? In the case of the MoU for instance, we took him nowhere. The begrudged politicians yapped until the cows came home. Now the President has put his portrait on our currency and we will take him nowhere. The general attitude here is this: If you do not like it, you can sit on a pin!

Numbing his sense to popular voices will definitely degenerate into a state of paranoia. At this point, the President will make one blunder after another. And instead of correcting his mistakes, he will increase his speed in the direction of the wrong. This is where former President Moi was when he introduced ''Project Uhuru'' to the country. The crowds booed him, his loyal followers in Kanu abandoned him and even his own people questioned his wisdom. But the more we rejected his ''project'', the more determined he became.

There is a lesson for President Kibaki here. He is increasingly becoming like Mr Moi during the 2002 elections. He is not yet paranoid, but his insensitivity could develop into ''political blindness''. Who knows how low he will have sunk by the 2007 elections? And this is what worries me.

Consider a hypothetical situation here. What would happen if President Kibaki decided to run for re-election in 2007 and lost? Would he and his men have the grace to hand over power peacefully? From the way they have behaved in the last one year, I doubt it. And where would that leave the country? At the risk of sounding crazy, I want to suggest the following: If we thought that Mr. Moi would plunge the country into civil strife, he proved us wrong. Narc is the party to plunge the county into civil strife. You just have to listen to the FM stations and the call-in television programmes to see a pattern. From the name of the caller, you can almost predict what they will say and what side of the divide they will take. In a disputed election, such polarity would certainly take ugly proportions.

But there are two possible ways out of this. The first one has to do with the agenda of the second liberation. This process was meant to achieve two things - to remove Mr. Moi from power and replace him with reform-minded leaders. This was done successfully. However, as we are beginning to realise, Mr. Moi was not the problem. The problem was the institutions he inherited from the Kenyatta. To change the leadership without changing the institutions is like treating cancer with Malaraquin. This is partly why the ''institutional cancer'' in the presidency is beginning to affect President Kibaki.

Putting his portrait on our currency and junking the pre-election MoU are just manifestations of this cancer. This is why the other agenda of the second liberation was institutional reforms. Until this is completed, the second liberation will not have happened. More specifically, this refers to the constitutional review process. And, at this point I would want to address the delegates preparing for Bomas III on January 12, 2004.

It is my hope that you have had time to reflect on the issues at hand in Bomas III. We are also told that the politicians have spent this long break to bribe you. In my view you should take the bribes and use the money to enjoy your Christmas. You must realise at this point that you are involved in politics and that in this game there is no morality. As such, you should have fun on someone else’s account! However, when it comes to voting, you must reject the ''bribe givers'' and vote for the country.

This is important because of the following reasons. If the second liberation had two phases, the first phase of replacing the leadership had to be carried out by 3.1 million voters. Replacing Mr Moi and his cronies was in my view the easy part. The second phase is the tough one. And this is where you come in. You are only 600 people, and the future of our country depends on you.

I have two questions for you at this point. One, as you vote for issues, will you be thinking of your ''tribal chief'' or your children? In my view, your tribe is your children. If you make a constitution for your children, you will have made a constitution for Kenya.

Two, consider the question of the Prime Minister’s post. And the question to you is this: If this post had been created before the 2002 elections, do you think President Kibaki would have ''trashed'' the MoU? Do you think he would have put his portrait on our currency and retained corrupt ministers in his Cabinet? If the answer to these questions is no, then the cure to the ''institutional cancer'' in the presidency is the creation of this post. Do think about it!

The second possible way out of civil strife has to do with the Kikuyu. Now that the presidency has returned to the ''House of Mumbi'', some people from the community are convinced that it is there to stay. In my view, this kind of thinking is retrogressive and could result in ethnic animosity.Kikuyus should come to terms with the possibility that they could lose the presidency in 2007. As such, they should do two things: One, ''bank'' with the other communities. This is important because they cannot survive alone in future. Two, they should disown the Kikuyu ''sharks'' in the Kibaki government.

Unless they do so, the entire community will be blacklisted simply on account of a few people. In future, a Kikuyu presidential candidate would be rejected because of the misdeeds of isolated people. My submission therefore is: They should not support this regime blindly!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Is the Nairobi Stock Exchange a fish market? Amos Kimunya doesn't think so...


This was the unfortunate retort made by finance minister Hon. Amos Kimunya in an attempt to respond to the ODM presidential candidate's comment that the NSE is a playground for selected individuals to make money from.

Looking at those remarks by Hon. Raila Odinga, one might say that they are a long shot and uncalled for; others might rubbish them as mere propaganda. Upon closer scrutiny, however, one begins to wonder what would inspire him to harbour such strong sentiments against the NSE.

Being an investor at the NSE, I strongly connect with the sentiments echoed by Hon. Raila, and looking at the daily goings-on at the stock exchange, I feel like I have been perenially getting the shorter end of the stick. And I do mean this literally.

First and foremost, considering the issue of privatization of state companies through the initial public offers (IPOs), my assumption would be that it is done to empower the local mwananchi. Sadly, however, reflecting on the past IPOs (KENGEN, KENYA-RE and the second offer of the Mumias shares) begs the one million dollar question: what percentage of the total shares floated were actually allocated to the regular mwananchi, as opposed to the copious amounts slurped up by the corporate world? Many Kenyans would agree with me that the paltry 200 shares that were allocated per individual “investor” (despite applying for the minimum number of shares allocated per individual prior to the start of the IPO, which, ironically, is much higher than the amount finally allocated) is a scornful and contemptuous joke.

Unless the unit price per share rises by a staggering Ksh. 1 million, whereupon we would all be laughing to the bank (but alas, that is not about to happen any time soon), I am left wondering what the hell I would do with a bloody 200 shares. Some of the monolithic companies, including the TransCentury Group (which we all know is affiliated to the first family) with huge vested interest in the NSE got the full amount of shares they applied for, oftentimes numbering in the millions (just to be modest, since the actual figures are bound to be outrageous).

And then, why is it the norm that the first day of trading after an IPO, when the share prices usually skyrocket by as much as 300 or even 400%, is usually reserved for a selected few? These chosen few, ladies and gentlemen, are the group masquerading as corporate investors and their only goal is to manipulate the NSE and unsuspecting Kenyans. Surely, Hon. Raila Odinga’s observation can't be balderdash, as his detractors would like us to think, especially when you look at the NSE in this perspective.

Secondly, I have never seen a football match in which the referee is also an active player. This, unfortunately, is commonplace at the NSE. A cursory glance at the board of the NSE reveals that it is composed of the very same individuals who own the investment banks that buy and trade shares at the NSE. Is not that conflict of interest? In that regard, then, Kimunya's assessment that the NSE is not a fish market is spot-on because in a fish market, you certainly will not find the fisherman moonlighting as the fishmonger.

Lastly, I am inclined to believe Kimunya when he claims that the international community does not have confidence in the opposition. This is simply because the government that Kenyans elected in 2002 all defected to a man, leaving PANU/Narc-Kenya/GNU as the ruling party and official opposition at once.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Raila Odinga is not a team player!


Fact: The Moi team players were very successful (Moi team players = Goldenberg)

The Kibaki team players have been mildly successful (Kibaki team players = Anglo Leasing)

If team playing is Goldenberg or Anglo Leasing, then we need a presidential candidate who is not a team player.

The "NO!" referendum campaign led by Raila Odinga was a manifestation of the greatest team play in Kenya history. Who is not a team player?

Fact: The 1982 coup attempt was crushed. The 1952 Mau Mau insurrection was crushed. But the two events, though they led to the loss of many innocent lives led to a great dawn. August 1, 1982 should be looked at not as a ONE DAY aberration, but as a defining moment when arms were raised against the rape of a nation. It is time we stood proud and honoured the fallen heroes of 1982. The real villain was Moi and his "team".

Fact: The Arturs are neither small, nor investors. The Arturs are thugs. The Arturs are con-men. The Arturs are mercenaries. It is a crime to even think of whitewashing the shame that is the Arturs. Let's identify these "small investors" by their true label.

Fact: Every real Kenyan is impatient, quick & decisive. That is why foreign companies prefer employing Kenyans in their subsidiary companies in Uganda , Tanzania , etc. We don't want a leader who sleeps even while "his wife romps at night, trading punches with journalists in the newsrooms."

Fact: The Mt. Kenya's Mungiki, Nyachae's Red Shukas, etc. - this is the kind of stuff that leads to a Rwanda or a Congo. Raila has a national following. He does not need a militia. And Kenyans are too wise to allow their country to degenerate into anarchy.

Section 2A, the constitutional amendment that made Kenya a "legal" one party dictatorship was passed in 1982.
Charles Njonjo proposed it in Parliament.
Mwai Kibaki seconded the infamous motion.

Tears as Kibaki leaves State House: our resident clairvoyant gazes into her crystall ball

Tears flowed freely among State House employees yesterday as they watched Mr Mwai Kibaki board an Air Force helicopter at 3.40 pm and fly away to his Nyeri home to begin his retirement.

The employees, who were joined by the Head of the Civil Service, Francis Muthaura, and former Nominated MP, Cecily Mbarire, watched in disbelief as Mr Kibaki, a resident at State House for 5 years, made his exit.

The former President walked from his office, which he had handed over to President Raila Odinga, to the helicopter parked on the lawns of State House 100 meters away accompanied by his two sons, Jimmy and David. A second helicopter was used by senior State House officials who included the Comptroller, Mr Hyslop Ipu, and Isaih Kabira, the head of the Presidential Press Service.

Earlier, at 3.10 pm, Mr Kibaki arrived back from the handing over ceremony at Uhuru Park driven in a convoy of six cars and five out-riders. He then went straight into his old office where he waited for his successor to arrive and show him around.

His presidential standard on one of the two flag poles atop State House had been removed and replaced with Mr Odinga's, which bore an Orange with a white background.

President Odinga's convoy entered the gates of State House at 3.25 pm and an army officer played a military tune on a bugle to signify the change of guard. The convoy of six cars led by five out-riders moved at a snail's pace from the gates to the main building as scores of State House workers, ODM supporters and the Press lined the avenue to watch the historic event.

Seated back left in the Mercedes Benz 600 with the First Lady Ida, a jovial Mr Odinga waved the orange salute to his supporters, who responded in kind.

President Odinga held a closed door meeting with his predecessor, whom he worked under as Minister for 2 years, before biding Mr Kibaki farewell.

The programme had indicated that the two would eat lunch together, but Mr Kibaki left immediately after the brief meeting.

Mr Kibaki accompanied by his eldest and youngest son, David and Jimmy, briskly walked the 100 metres and boarded one of the waiting choppers.

Sources at State House confirmed that Mr Kibaki arrived at his office at 9 am yesterday and took a 2 hour nap as has been his practice for the past 5 years at the helm.

The former President then held closed door meetings with several people including former Vice-President Moody Awori, and Kanu chairman and a loser in Gatundu, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta.

The meetings went on until 1.30 pm when he departed for Uhuru Park after eating lunch with Mr Awori and former Cabinet ministers and ex-MPs Mr Chirau Mwakwere, Mr Musikari Kombo and Mr Kivutha Kibwana, former Kamukunji MP Mr Norman Nyagah and former assistant minister and immediate former subukia MP Mr Koigi Wamwere.

At Uhuru Park, Mr Kibaki paid glowing tribute to his successor, describing him as a man of integrity and courage.

He recalled the years the two served together, and asserted that President Raila had served him with loyalty and dedication.

On arrival at his Nyeri home at 4.25 pm, Mr Kibaki criticised the incoming government for blaming his regime for the country's corruption problems "when they knew very well that those were inherited from former president Moi's government."

"This affected the running of my government," he said. "I thank my civil servants and armed forces for having served me diligently."

On the just concluded General Election, he accused the media of failing to do justice to Kenyans. From the beginning of campaigns, he said, the entire Press went against PNU instead of letting the people to decide on their own.

On arrival at Nyeri, he was received by family members, others were farm workers and the second family.

He paused for five minutes to receive two salutes from three military jets which flew past his compound. He took the salute flanked by six Kenya Air Force service men led by Major Mrashue.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Jiorongo's rally falls flat as he is heckled by ODM supporters

Kaddu chairman Cyrus Jirongo had to cut short his speech during a campaign rally in Bungoma when a section of the crowd heckled and jeered him.

The former Rural Development minister then drove off towards Webuye skipping a planned event in the town where he was to open his party’s office.

Mr Jirongo was met with jeers from the crowd of less than 1000 when he tried to explain Kaddu’s plan to field parliamentary and civic aspirants in the December polls.

The former Lugari MP was met with boos as some people shouted: “Your are a traitor! You are a government project.”

Others shouted ODM slogans in support of presidential contender Raila Odinga as Mr Jirongo told the local community to refrain from supporting ODM blindly. He said they should only do so if one of their own was a member of the ODM pentagon.

Earlier, Mr Jirongo’s campaign organisers had to shift the venue from Posta grounds when it became apparent that wananchi were not keen to attend. ODM parliamentary and civic candidates in the area boycotted the meeting on grounds that they had not been invited.

It has been established that the Kaddu chairman refused to heed advice from key people and politicians from Bungoma that he calls off the hurriedly convened meeting.

Kibaki has failed Kenyans

ODM's Raila Odinga last week said President Kibaki had failed Kenyans and therefore did not deserve a second chance.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) presidential candidate, whom opinion polls indicate is Mr Kibaki's main challenger, (the latest Steadman poll, released on Friday 12th October, place him at 16 percentage points ahead of Kibaki) turned a public lecture on East African economics into a campaign platform as he spoke of the alleged "tokenisms" of the Kibaki tenure.

"It [reconstruction] cannot happen if we have men of yesterday running the country," he told a cheering crowd, featuring mostly Kenyan students studying at the Makerere University, Kampala.

Many in the largely supportive audience inside Makerere University's Main Building went wild whenever the Langata MP made witty jibes at the Kibaki presidency. He claimed that while his party was calling for "reconstruction", Mr Kibaki is instead focusing on "patching up".

Hundreds of students, some of them bedecked in oranges - the ODM symbol - had waited anxiously for Mr Odinga and his associate Najib Balala after the duo failed to make it on time.

The students carried the candidate's campaign posters that declared him "the people's president". But when the duo finally showed up over an hour later, the students almost turned the lecture into a popularity contest between Mr Odinga and Mr Balala, even heckling the moderator for failing to specially recognise the latter.

Mr Balala, who is the Mvita MP, eventually spoke before introducing Mr Odinga, whom he described as "the captain of the pentagon".

Mr Odinga began by regaling the audience with his memories of Uganda - including a story from 1958 when he visited Makerere University as 12-year-old on a mission to see where his father had gone to school.

In keeping with the theme of the lecture, "The place of economics in a new East Africa", Mr Odinga tackled colonialism, saying its biggest legacy was to divide East Africa.

"The people of East Africa were one," he said, describing himself as "an Afro-optimist" who believes in the ability of East Africans to single-handedly redeem the region.

Citing cases of corruption, ethnic discontent, crime and unemployment, Mr Odinga claimed his party had a clear plan "to answer all those problems".

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Enter Stanley "Mr Money Bags" Livondo...

Why does Stanley Livondo think Kenyans are a stupid lot? Just recently he was on TV trying to convince seasoned journalists that his bodyguard once upon a time managed to stop a bullet with his bare hands; apparently, the government-provided bodyguard was also able to see the bullet approaching and, just like in the main scene of a sci-fi thriller, intercepted it.

He further went on to say (to what point, we wonder) that he first saw a television when he was in Form 1, and that he was in eight different schools in primary. Upon hearing him speak, however, he confirmed my doubts as to whether he has ever seen the inside of a classroom. Kenyans have attempted to figure out where this mysterious "Mr Money Bags" emerged from, but so far, no one has managed to pin even a single business to his name. And the reason they cannot find any business registered under his name, I can now reliably reveal, is simply because Livondo has no business; he is being funded by the government of Kenya, by way of our taxes, to "rain" money on and mesmerize the poor.

Livondo has competently managed, beyond any doubt, to corroborate his ignorance everytime he has opened his mouth. He now reckons Lang'ata will be stiff competition because it will be, in his own words, "Hummer for Hummer, Chopper for Chopper". He even went as far as getting hitched to an unsuspecting lass by the name of Ida, so that it can be "Ida for Ida" as well. With such reasoning, there is absolutely no reason why Raila should be worried; Lang'ata is in the bag. Central Kenyan voters have been seen being ferried to register in Kibera so that Livondo can at least get a some votes because sooner or later, he will have to justify what he did with the millions he was charged with. Apart from buying a Hummer, of course.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Gideon Moi's selective amnesia

Gideon Moi is going round Rift Valley telling people that Raila has never supported "them", so the Kalenjins should not support him thinking that he will return the favour by appointing them in his government. What Gideon chooses to forget is that it was Raila who helped his father and formed a merger when KANU couldn't pass any bills in the House. In return, Moi appointed Raila a Minister in his government. It is now terribly perplexing that Giddy doesn't know that, or he just surfers from memory failure. Gideon thinks Kalenjins are stupid, when the truth really is that they know Raila is fighting for their rights: the large tracts of land that Gideon and his cronies stole from them will revert back if the Ndungu Report is implemented.

I remember Moi himself saying that he has forgiven everyone who he has wronged and he hopes that they too will forgive him, but it seems Moi has already forgotten what he said on his last Moi Day, right before his Project Uhuru came acropper. It is now interesting to see Moi gate-crashing every funeral in Rift Valley, telling people the way Raila is a "dangerous" man; a man Moi himself even appointed a minister in his government.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Kibaki's re-election master plan: a study on how not to get re-elected

Kibaki attempts to keep a stiff upper lip amidst torrents of humiliation
suffered at the hand of Raila Odinga's ODM.
Kibaki still has a lot of life in him, but this has been more disastrous than anyone ever imagined. They started terribly with the referendum too, but this was brutal.

Why is it that Kibaki cannot hold on to any other region, save for Central Province? Believe me, it's not for lack of effort.

Kibaki's plan all a long was premised on the myth that once Raila is nominated the ODM candidate, the Luhyas would rebel and Mudavadi will be forced to decamp and Western will be in the box. We told him he was dreaming, but of course he chose to listen to his paid helpers. They are hopeless. Kibaki's people believed ODM could hold neither Western nor Rift Valley.

The disaster for Kibaki started when the ODM tremor left him with nothing. Kalonzo ran away with Ukambani, and ODM consolidated their base. Kibaki got zero. Then the mistakes started raining in. The trouble for Kibaki is that all these blunders are initially propped up as master plans, then they quickly fall a part.

The second problem for Kibaki after the crumbs from ODM never showed up was the concept of a partyless president. Kibaki was getting bad media about the fact that two months to the election he had not chosen which party to run with. Then, in panic, Kibaki jumped onto this Panu thing. But my sense is that they didn't think it through.

Originally, it was announced that only Kibaki would contest for the party. Then everybody started laughing at the very idea. Then somewhere along the way, some genius realized they needed joint nominations, and the discussions and disagreements about that have never stopped since. Today, the big agenda for Panu is whether they will have joint nominations, or go solo as parties.

It was quite amusing to see Kibaki jumping from Ford-P meeting to Kanu meeting. In both meetings, they said "We should support Kibaki, but we will nominate our own candidates," etc. Can you imagine the president of the republic with no party, and having to jump from one to the other looking for votes? I was surprised Nyachae didn't meet him with his warriors when he "invaded" his meeting.

The bottom line is that everybody is confused about the direction Panu will take in nominations, and you can expect them to fight over that for the next month. In fact my guess is that nobody is going to be talking about Panu now that the launch is done and dusted. They will go back to bickering and fighting, something they have perfected.

On the whole, Panu has become something Kenyans have resorted to joke and laugh about. They even call it names like panua, which ranks it up there in the dirty words list. That is not a place you want the president's party in.

The idea of Kibaki-friendly parties looked good at the beginning, but in reality it will kill all those parties in one swoop, leaving ODM as the only national party for a long time to come.

Imagine for a moment, that Kibaki loses the election; Panu will die a natural death because it is a party formed for the sole purpose of getting Kibaki re-elected. If that doesn't happen, then the party will disappear as Kibaki walks into the sunset of retirement, and then we will have Narc-K and DP based in Central, ODM-K based in Ukambani, and both Fords will be history. Has anybody thought about what that may mean for the country? I'll tell you what it means: there will be no viable opposition.

Remember also that the new law to finance parties from the Treasury also speficies that when different parties vote for the president, then those parties will only be financed on the basis of their MPs's votes. In other words, all Panu parties will get zero money if they don't participate as individual parties in parliamentary elections... just another unintended spanner thrown in the works. When it rains, it pours for sure.

The third blunder for Kibaki also started as a big boom. Moi endorsed Kibaki, and Kibaki supporters were all rah-rah about the so-called professor of politics being on their side. Unfortunately, Moi's support has helped Raila and ODM big time.

The one item Raila and ODM has that resonates almost wildly with Kenyans is the idea of change. Kenyans are telling their
politicians that the status quo is not an option. Nothing makes Raila and ODM look better than to see the forces lined up against them. When Moi goes nuclear accusing Raila of all sorts of things, it confirms something for Kenyans - finally they have someone out there who can stand up to the Mois, Nyachaes and Kibakis. Once again, something that was supposed to be good is turning bad; very bad.

Problem number four is Uhuru. This was another move cooked at State House to shock and awe us. It has failed. The Uhuru connection reinforced the Gema cliche, and has given Kibaki no new votes. And then Uhuru comes in with his own demands of fielding Kanu candidates, futher muddying the over-mucky waters.

Nyachae's shameful and violent actions were pretty bad for Kibaki as well. It set a bad tone and made Kibaki and his crew look terrible. Then Nyachae, being who he is, didn't know what to do. Seeing him make an angry speech at the Panu launch I almost threw up. Angry old men with personal vendettas are not going to help Kibaki. Same with that fool Mwakwere with his Maitha nonsense, which is also just embarrassing Kibaki.

Kibaki's supporters are good at only one thing - abusing Raila - and for four years, they have done it with very little to show for their efforts. If I was them, I would change tactics. But wait for them to hold competitions on who can win the Raila-bashing trophy.

ODM has done well to ignore them. ODM now must focus on their theme of change and tell Kenyans exactly what that change will be.

It is interesting that everybody says the constitution is no longer an issue. In reality, however, it is the biggest item on the campaign agenda. When Kenyans say they want change, it has everything to do with a new constitutional dispensation. If Kibaki did not sabotage the new Katiba he would now be walking back to State House.

The change mantra also has a lot to do with Kibaki's perceived tribalism. Why is Mutua buying newspaper ads to print the names of employees? Why is Kibaki talking about the poor? Simple: Kibaki knows he is losing this election because of tribalism that has infested and made a home at State House and Office of the President. He also knows the 6.1% growth is not selling to the majority of Kenyans who are living in poverty.

The sweet news for ODM is that they have become the incumbent without state power. Kibaki is playing catch-up and responding to their overtures to Kenyans.

The message of trust between the people and the leaders which Raila spoke about in Bungoma, that too is resonating. Kibaki and his people thought the trust item was going to be used against Raila. Remember the "Raila cannot be trusted" slogan That has backfired. Raila is now the one very convincingly telling Kenyans Kibaki cannot be trusted, based on his unfulfilled promises to Kenyans. Even that much-maligned MOU has come back to haunt Kibaki. Nobody is willing to make deals with Kibaki because nobody trusts him. How come everybody is now making deals with Raila?

The one thing Kibaki and his folks underestimated is Raila's ability to network with the common mwananchi. People are comfortable with him because he is directly accessible, as opposed to Kibaki, who is layered behind all sorts of formal and informal power structures, not to mention two very jealous wives. Even little pranks like visiting that widow in Bungoma and the one hundred car tour of Nairobi on Sunday are not helping. Kibaki is not a people person. That is just they way things are.

So on top of all these things, comes the latest polls from Steadman just when Kibaki is set to launch his party. That was a gift from hell. I don't trust Steadman polls, but one has to admit it hit Kibaki in the wrong place at the wrong time, coming hot on the heels of another disturbing Artur report which, for the first time, fingered Kibaki directly as the man behind that hideous act.

Also, one has to marvel at the sheer magnitude of ODM's logistical support. Look at how they turned around the fiasco with Kibaki and Co. stopping their rally in Nairobi. In just 24 hours, they switched their operations from Nairobi to Bungoma at the drop of a hat, and held one of the most successful rallies in recent memory... and Kibaki had just been there! How did they pull it off?

It was an amazing act that took the air out of Panu in a very big way. Imagine Kombo and his dwindling group of Ford-K supporters. Here was Kombo in Nairobi talking about "One Dangerous Man" (ODM), and here was the "dangerous man" holding a huge rally in Kombo's own constituency, and being accorded a hero's welcome. Kombo must have been a very disturbed fellow during the launch.

So that is the week that was. But knowing the ODM crew, they are not resting on their laurels, thinking "we got this in the box!" This is a marathon and Kibaki is going to put up the fight of his life, but it could get really bad for Kibaki.

If things don't getter better, Kibaki and his crew are going to go nuclear, and then they are going to make some real huge mistakes. But we are ready for them, whichever route they want to take out of State House.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Kenya's president takes to bed with a book: another blast from the past

By Adrian Blomfield
February 17, 2005

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki is said to have taken to his bed in despair, finding solace, according to a cabinet colleague, "only in the works of P. G. Wodehouse".

Mr Kibaki's two wives, when not bickering with each other, dictate the president's schedule and often lock out those who might offer him wiser counsel. Their resemblance to many a Wodehouse aunt may strike a chord with the increasingly doddery septuagenarian leader.

Facing the biggest political crisis of his two-year premiership, Mr Kibaki is in need of wise counsel. But his most sensible adviser, the anti-corruption chief John Githongo, resigned last week in protest at the president's failure to tackle rampant corruption inside his cabinet.

Mr Githongo fled to London, fearing for his life.

When Mr Kibaki came to power after elections in December 2002 that ended 39 years of unbroken rule by Daniel arap Moi's KANU party, much was expected and promised by a new regime that said it would not tolerate corruption.

Things seemed to go well initially. Even Kenya's notorious police force stopped shaking down motorists for money for a while. But a new elite from the president's Kikuyu tribe, Kenya's largest, began to emerge in the cabinet. Irate at having been shut out by Mr Moi's Kalenjin tribe during the 24 years he was in power, the "Mount Kenya Mafia" set out to make amends.

"Those Kalenjins were so stupid they did not even know how to steal properly," lamented one Kikuyu MP. "We are far more efficient at being corrupt."

According to Western diplomats, Kenya has lost more than $A1.2 billion through corruption since Mr Kibaki came to power - nearly half the Government's annual budget.

Meanwhile, the Russian Mafia has arrived, bringing with it a coterie of stern-faced eastern European prostitutes, as have drug barons, giving Mr Kibaki yet more cause for retiring to his bed.

Vijana na Kibaki

Moi - 1924
Munyao - 1926
Awori - 1927
Karume - 1929
Michuki - 1930
Kibaki - 1931
Nyachae - 1932
Muhoho - 1938
Muthaura - 1940
Kombo - 1944
Makwere -1945

ODM (Pentagon)
Raila - 1945
Nyaga - 1950
Musalia - 1960
Ruto - 1966
Balala - 1967

REST OF THE WORLD (including Superpowers)
South Africa: Mbeki - 1942
Uganda: Museveni - 1945
Tanzania: Kikwete - 1950
Nigeria: Yar'Adua - 1951
Russia: Putin - 1952
Germany: Merkel - 1954
Ethiopia: Zenawi - 1955
France: Sarkozy - 1955
Rwanda: Kagame - 1957
Burundi: Nkurunziza - 1963
DRC: Kabila - 1971

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

We do not worship Hon. Raila Odinga, but we like his resume: sentiments of a Kenyan visionary

• Do I support Raila? YES
• Am I a Luo? NO
• Is Raila a visionary leader? YES
• Is Raila a god? NO
• Are there many supporting Raila just because he is a Luo? YES
• Are there many against Raila just because he is a Luo? YES
• Is Raila the answer to all the Kenyan Problems? NO
• Can Raila help lead Kenya towards justice and prosperity for all? YES
• Is Raila better than Kibaki? YET TO BE DETERMINED (but, I believe so)
• Is Raila better than Moi? YES - anybody is better than Moi (even Kalembe Ndile is better than Moi!)
• Has Raila proven himself as a freedom fighter, astute politician, and a capable leader, qualified to lead Kenya? ABSOLUTELY YES

Although some of the questions and answers above may seem silly and pedestrian, they are meant to show that some of us are objective supporters of a Raila presidency. We are not just some dogged loyalists driven by irrational euphoria galvanized in inveterate tribalism. You must understand that some of us are the same patriotic Kenyans who survived Moi and feverishly supported Kibaki in the last elections. So, we are not just some ignorant worshippers kneeling relentlessly at the Raila shrine. We have valid reasons, motivated by patriotism, Kenyan pride and dear love for country.

Despite the overwhelming tribal influence which stifles and precludes progressive national politics in Kenya, some of us appreciate Raila Odinga because we have the ability to separate the patriot from the politician; it is not that difficult. Firstly, all Kenyans know what the man has been through. Raila has been fighting for better governance, political suffrage and justice for all long before it was fashionable to do so. The man lost many years in detention while the rest of us sat by and allowed Moi and his cronies to cast him as a radical determined to ruin Kenya. As Raila languished in jail, most of us, including some of the current politicians, continued to support Moi as he did everything in his power to tribalize, impoverish, plunder and corrupt our dear country.

Secondly, Kibaki would never have been president if it wasn't for Raila. It was Raila who destroyed Moi's dreams of a Uhuru Kenyatta presidency in 2002. Whereas the other politicians remained in total disarray as Moi impetuously imposed Uhuru on the people, Raila took charge. Raila formed a rebellious coalition within KANU and delivered a severe body blow to Moi. Moreover, he handed the Kenyan presidency to Kibaki on a silver platter. He crisscrossed the country popularizing and campaigning for Kibaki. Even in Central province, Kikuyu men and women were singing Raila's praises: "Raila ni Jamba!" (Raila is a warrior!) Let's not forget that Luos, Kambas, Kalenjins, Luhyas, and many others voted for Kibaki because of Raila. It was their belief in Raila - the man, the patriot, the freedom fighter, the visionary - which gave value to a Kibaki presidency.

Thirdly, there is no doubt that the present Kenyan constitution is lacking. It is foolish to assume that any country can deliver to the citizenry when the supreme law of the land is flawed and ineffective. Progressive-minded Kenyans appreciate this simple fact. They proved it when they sided with Raila as the Orange swallowed the Banana by refusing to support a constitution that gave too much power to the Executive. Kenyans wanted the Bomas Draft, which was drafted by Kenyans for Kenyans. Once again, Raila Odinga stood on the right side of the issue with the common Kenyan.

Mwai Kibaki, on the other hand, is just an OK president. I say this because Moi was so deplorable that by default Kibaki, or anyone else for that matter, was destined to fare much better. However, Kibaki is not a great leader. A good economic manager he may be, but a transformational leader he is not. Sure, Kenya's GDP growth had risen, but so has inflation. The Nairobi Stock Exchange has delivered higher returns, but many Kenyans continue to be marginalized as the country quickly evolves into a plutocracy where most of the national wealth is controlled by a chosen few, namely the Mount Kenya Mafia. The trickle-down effects of Kenya's growing economy are debatable, but there is no denying that the best economic opportunities have been allocated to specific sons of Mumbi.

What's more infuriating is Kibaki's newly blossomed love affair with Moi. One of Kibaki's leading priorities should have been to recover what Moi and his cronies stole from Kenya. To turn a blind eye to Moi's plunder is to debase the dignity of every Kenyan. A gruesome crime was perpetrated against the Kenyan people: large amounts of money were stolen, public institutions bled to death and many sentenced to crippling poverty under Moi's government. During Moi's twenty four year rule, Kenya experienced a devastation that is tantamount to economic genocide. Kibaki knows this, and that is why his government commissioned an investigation whose results they now refuse to acknowledge or act upon. Wake up Kibaki... Moi is a spent cartridge! Not to mention that John Githongo - a true patriot - is still hiding in exile for exposing government corruption at its worst.

It is pure hogwash to argue that Moi must be respected and left alone to enjoy his ill-gotten wealth for the sake of national unity. Whose unity? And who are the beneficiaries of this unity? No one person is bigger or more important than the whole citizenry, not even Moi. It is wrong, immoral, unjust and myopic for Kibaki to relent on this fight. For him to embrace Moi is to validate thievery and plunder. And we wonder why certain elements within the society are so eager to grab an AK-47 to rob and kill; how can they refrain from using a Kalashnikov to facilitate their ominous acts when the leader of the nation is allowing the greatest kind of injustice to go unpunished?

The facts are naked and simple: Raila has a long history of being right. He suffered for justice, he defeated Moi, he made Kibaki president, and he supports the right constitution for Kenya. Some of you may ask: and how does this make the size of my ugali bigger today? The answer is simple. It doesn't. But what I know is that of all the current leaders, only Raila has the tools and skills needed to unite Kenyans across tribal barriers. The man understands what Kenya is suffering from. He understands that many Kenyans lack a national identity, thus default to tribe. He understands why many Kenyans have embraced a defeatist attitude that allows them to wallow in the "comfort" of mediocrity and low expectations. He understands
that Kenyans have zilch faith or trust in their elected officials. Whereas many are recommending Panadol to cure brain tumour, he is urging for the right remedy - radical surgery. What we need in Kenya is the Raila Answer; a new and prorressive national mind-set.

If you listen to Raila speak or read his writings, you will discover that his rhetoric is not based on populist propaganda. His vision for Kenya is founded on a profound wisdom that advocates for national pride and love for country. I dare say that when you are completely proud to be a Kenyan and you are willing to fight for liberty, uphold justice for all and create prosperity for all Kenyans, then, and only then, will your ugali get bigger.

Since Raila has been right many times before, if anything, let's give him a chance to prove himself as the next president of Kenya!

George Kyalo Mutua

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Let's tell Kenyans the truth when it comes to privatization

It is no secret that for a collective total of nearly 30 consecutive years, Moi and Kibaki have placed Kenyan public assets on sale, literally at throw-away prices; to their kin, personal companies, and friends, locally and abroad.

Sometimes, the fortitude and patriotism shown by forthright Kenyans have succeeded in stalling their bid to throw away our public assets for a song, and in other instances , we have failed to stop their discounted give-away of national jewels - through their use of state machinery, including a corrupted Parliament.

History repeats itself in quite interesting ways.

We can remember how the Kenyan public lost its 49% stake at Firestone EA (held under the state corporation ICDC) to one scrupulous "enterpreneur" called Naushad Merali and his so called Sameer Investments company in 1995.

In 1995 Moi ordered the now defunct PRC (Parastatals Reform Committee) to recommend that ICDC offloads its 49% Firestone shares at the NSE. That was just a gimmick, because according to the Auditor General (Corporations 1996 Report), "Naushad Merali and his Sameer group got pre-emptive rights and bought all those shares for Sh. 100 million."

Their true value according to the Auditor general was Sh. 500 million. But wait a minute; three years down the line in 1999, the same shares were re-floated and sold at the NSE for Sh. 1.5 Billion. Merali made a 1500% profit in 3 years. Merali's genius in all this is the genius of grabbing and looting, since he could have still made profit by buying the shares at their regular value.

Merali's Sameer then used the money to buy East African Cables from a British Holding company in 2000 for Sh. 110 million when Moi refused KPLC & KenGen from buying the British company's electric cables (economic sabotage). EA Cables's true value at the time was Sh. 274 million.

Fast Forward to 2003. The first acquisition by Kibaki and his cronies at Trans-Century was the purchase of East African Cables from Merali. Kibaki had by then simultaneously appointed Trans-Century's godfather Eddy Njoroge as KenGen's Managing Director (overt & unveiled conflict of interest). The rest is history; you know how EA Cables & Ken-Gen are performing at the NSE.

Track down the business interests of Trans-Century and you will see the Sharks, Homeguards and Sultans partitioning and selling Kenya under the guise of privatization.

In the twilight months of Moi's Presidency, just before Kibaki came to power, Moi had a rush to dispose off (sell for ten pieces of silver) Kenyan public assets in a frenzy that astounded many. In the twinkle of an eye, Kenya-Re and Telkom shares were being offered for sale at exorbitantly discounted rates.

The disposal of these Kenyan public assets was riddled with overt corruption, mainly through gross undervaluing of the entities. Coincidentally, at the epicenter of the privatization exercise in the late 90s and early 2000s was Nicholas Biwott's daughter, Ms. Esther Koimett, the then Investment Secretary, whom Kibaki found prudent to serve as Kenya's new Investment Secretary, thanks to his renewed political dalliance with Nicholas Biwott.

In 2000-2001, Esther Koimet almost facilitated the sale of Kenya-Re (a public asset) to Zim-Re (of Zimbabwe ) in partnership with Monarch Insurance (owned by Gideon Moi) for less than one third it's value. Gideon Moi and his shielders at Zim-Re almost bought the entire Kenya-Re for 800 million shillings when it was valued at more than 2.5 billion shillings in 2001.

Who halted the sale?

After the Parliamentary Investment Committee (PIC) failed to stop the sale on procedural grounds, three MPs filed a successful court injunction blocking the sale: Prof. Anyang Nyongo, Wafula Wamunyinyi and Musikari Kombo. The ruling was made by Justice Hayanga.

Thanks to the three MPs, we were luckily to have survived the transfer of Kenya-Re into the hands of Gideon Moi in exchange for ten pieces of silver.

But we were never always lucky; we lost some battles to the Moi privatization frenzy.

Telkom had off-loaded much of it's shares in Safaricom (the mobile phone giant) to Vodafone, and within the shady transaction, a secretive entity known as Mobitelea (Moi Biwott Telecommunication East Africa ), controlling 5% stake in Safaricom was born. Kenyans failed to read and pre-empt the illegal transfer of public assets into the hands of political families without their paying of a single dime. The Moi family and their two little partners in Mobitelea raked in Sh. 850,000,000 last year alone, thanks to that illegal transfer. The money is at their disposal to bribe weak and unprincipled political leaders, to create further confusion in the country; the perfect environment to enable their continued milking of our coffers.

Mobitelea is now subject to yet another controversy, since the government wants again, to offload some more Safaricom shares to the public in an attempt to further hide disclosure facts.

History is repeating itself. This time around, it's a Kibaki privatization frenzy!

This time yet again, some patriotic and forthright Kenyans like Raila Odinga, are demanding full disclosure about ownership of Mobitelea and strict adherence to the provisions of the Privatization Act 2005, before any Safaricom IPO's are floated. Finance Minister Kimunya's own floatation rules are quite suspect, listing only 47% shares available for the public, with 50% shares going to the so-called high net investors - the likes expected to occupy Kibaki's re-election fete: the million-per-plate dinner. Kenyans are being taken for fools here.

Raila has threatened to file an injunction in court halting the offer, citing both procedural issues: failure to abide by the Privatization law and the failure to comply with the full-dislosure requirement of privatization.

On privatization, Kibaki has specifically succeeded in hoodwinking many unsuspecting Kenyans when he releases public reports citing "successful" privatization efforts and IPO floatations. This he did with the recent Ken-Gen and Mumias offers, where his government craftily pretended to offer 97% shares to the public. In essence, they had a huge pre-allocation for high net investors (friends of Kibaki coming in names like Trans-Century Investors and Baraka Afrika) who ended up acquiring huge stakes, 30% and 25% shares respectively from the two companies.

This my dear friends is what is called transferring (giving away) public wealth into the hands of a few politically-connected individuals. This largely contributes to the astronomically increasing gap between the rich and the poor in Kenya. It grossly undermines our economy in the long-run despite the short-term busy season it offers at the NSE. I'll quote Macharia Gaitho's January 24th, 2006, Sunday Nation editorial piece:

"One of the Ministers involved in the (Anglo-Leasing) cover-up is quoted as saying that 'President Kibaki is above money' and 'does not touch money'. The problem is, he depends on others to worry about how his political projects will be funded. And he asks no questions about the source of funds. Some of those fellows (he depends on) are now running some key state corporations, and are also linked to the investment groups that seem to have the inside track on a very opaque privatisation of public corporations."

Do the names TransCentury or Baraka ring a bell? These companies have questionably acquired, within four years under Kibaki's presidency, major stakes in all recently privatized parastatals, besides 20% stake in Rift Valley Railways, majority stakes in East African Cables, 2.13 million shares of Kenya Power (KPLC), 10% of Development Bank of Kenya and a sizeable chunk of the mortgage giant HFCK.

What about Kibaki's friend Moi and Mobitelea? What about Kibaki's friend Biwott whose Kobil company also recently secured a Sh. 3 billion oil supply deal to Ken-Gen?

Githongo's own insight has told us, in Kiraitu's words and admission, that the very Kenyan taxpayer was to be robbed in excess of Shs 5 Billion to fund Kibaki's 2007 re-election campaign. According to Githongo, more than 200 billion shillings has been lost under the facilitatory watch of these two wazees, Moi and Kibaki.