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The Upright Man: 10 Lessons from Thomas Sankara that President Uhuru Kenyatta should Learn

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Thomas Isidore Sankara, the former president of Burkina Faso. Image: Google

Where did all the genuine African revolutionaries go? They were either assassinated; Patrice Lumumba, Eduardo Mondlane, Samora Machel, Amilcar Cabral, Steve Biko, John Garang, Muammar Gadaffi or under siege from their own legacies. I am thinking of Nelson Mandela here. It has been decades since we saw a visionary leader that inspired the Pan African idealism of the revolutionary 60s. Look around. Africa is facing a leadership crisis. From South Africa to Egypt, Kenya to Senegal, there is a clear sense of ‘we deserve better’.

As African men, stifling under the stereotype of rogue males in power, there are not many examples around to deliver a much needed inspirational wake up call. The only standard for leadership presently is wealth and influence. Simple men with solid characters, sincere intentions and grand visions are consigned to the pages of African history.

Therefore, it is with deep nostalgia that I remember an iconic African revolutionary, a pragmatic visionary and an upright man, Thomas Isidore Sankara, the former president of Burkina Faso. We marked the 25th anniversary, since his brutal assassination on October 15 1987. As far as African leadership goes, Thomas Sankara was cut from a different piece of cloth. In his short life, the charismatic military leader set about creating an enduring legacy for conscious African citizens that is more relevant today than ever before. Progressive forces fighting economic domination and ideological slavery of Africa can draw inspiration from Sankara’s life journey.

Sankara came to power on August 4th 1983 through a popular revolution at the age of 33. In the four years that ensured, he embarked on a revolutionary paradigm shift, bringing real power down to the people, advocating for policies on African self-reliance, food security, gender parity and the dismantling of the neo-colonial development structure that continues to render African states beholden to foreign masters for survival. His solidarity and sincere commitment to the plight of all suffering people, irrespective of their location in the world is why Sankara is fondly referred to as Africa’s “Che Gueverra”. The Burkinabe revolution remains a relevant ideological model in Africa for raising mass consciousness and battling poverty.

I have attached a series of links at the end of this article for those interested in delving further into Thomas Sankara’s political legacy. That said, there is plenty that Sankara has to offer for men who are interested in improving the self. I managed to compile ten lessons from Sankara’s life that would be relevant to those seeking the simple pursuit of a balanced life of an upright man.

  1. Acknowledge your roots and find yourself.

When Sankara came to power he changed the country’s name from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, “The land of Upright Men”. He stressed Burkinabe culture and pride. During a famous OAU assembly address, he made a powerful statement on African self reliance by proudly showing off his traditional tunic, woven from Burkinabe cotton and sewn by Burkinabe craftsmen.

Until one’s acknowledges their roots, they can be no true understanding of who they are. Identity is a nagging issue for many African men. Who am I? Where do I belong? Many of us are disconnected from the ethnic origins and cultures of our parents and view the ethnic pride as retrogressive. We oscillate between the notion of modern liberal men touting grafted western principles and the old cherished ideals of African manhood as organized by our patriarchal structures. So class identity is often used to fill the gap of tribal disconnect and patriotism is reduced to a slogan. Only by looking deeply into our past can we evolve new insight to help define ourselves.

  1. Life is fleeting, stop procrastinating

Sankara was one of Africa’s youngest leaders at only 33 years old when he seized power in a popular coup. In four years his contribution to African consciousness was enormous. Sankara was assassinated at the age of 38 but by then he had lived like a man on borrowed time and the impact of his life still reverberates through out the world today.

We keep on waiting for outside forces to intervene in our personal circumstances yet the solutions to a large part our problems are within ourselves. We require tenacity to face failure and fear many times because success is all about getting up one more time than you fall. For, if we do not take these calculated risks, our lives will be very small.

  1. Frugality is not poverty. Live within your means.

Too many men try to keep pace with peer expectations. Manhood is defined by the value of our possessions and frugal living is associated with poverty. Our consumer culture has sanitized greed by creating a heightened sense of lack. This thinking motivates unchecked consumption for the better part of our lives as willing prisoners of addiction or envy never knowing the peace of mind that contentment offers. Sankara was different. He did not amass wealth or create a cult of personality around him. His life was marked by frugality. At the time of his death he was earning a salary of $450 (approx kshs 38, 250) a month; he did not own much in terms of personal possessions. The most prized item was a car and 4 motorbikes. By Kenyan Mpigs standards, he was dirt broke but at the end of his life he continues to be remembered as a man of substance whose time on earth left millions enriched.

 

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  1. Perseverance requires courage

It is easy to shout in a crowd. But to hold a different opinion that goes against the sanctioned grain takes courage. To stay true to your conviction until your vision comes to fruition requires perseverance. Sankara’s achievements on the battle front and his personal charisma earned him the popular support required to become president of Burkina Faso. But he was soon to realize that not everyone wanted change. The intellectual petty bourgeoisie had interests to protect and they hit back but Sankara’s commitment to change rooted in solid personal values were unshakeable. In the end he paid for his values with his life but his ideas lived on. In the same regard, in our different engagements of livelihood, it sometimes seems like no progress is made. Work becomes mechanical, distractions are frequent and our goals look unattainable. That is the time to cultivate patience and remember perseverance as we work diligently towards our goals. The old African hunter said, “Don’t lose sight of the antelope when a squirrel darts across your path”.

  1. When the trees go, man will follow soon after

Burkina Faso continues to be under threat from the advancing Sahara desert. During his tenure, Sankara introduced a reforestation initiative that saw 10 million trees planted. His legacy survived and tree planting is now a Burkinabe custom in times of celebrations to commemorate birthdays, weddings and graduations.
Our natural environment is getting systematically destroyed to make room for the aspirations of modern life. As individuals we have to be a little more conscious of how our lives are entwined with the natural world and the consequences that will be visited upon the lives of our children in the near future as a direct result of our present day mindless mass destruction of trees.

  1. Behind every successful woman, is a bitching man

Sankara understood women’s place in Africa’s empowerment long before gender activism came into vogue. He was not reactionary, and he understood that the disempowerment of women was linked to male economic dominance by other men who lashed out to compensate for their inadequacies. He started a campaign to restore the dignity of women and return them to their rightful place in society. He studied the roots of patriarchal dominance, tracing it to the advent of private property where women were consigned to a man’s possessions. During Sankara’s reign, several women where appointed to government positions and his most powerful gesture was the day of solidarity with women. On that day, roles were reversed and men walked a day in women’s shoes, going to the market and taking care of household chores.
Too often men blame their state of emasculation on the advancement of women. Male disempowerment in Africa can be traced back to the slave trade and colonialism. The effects of centuries of degradation are real. The disempowerment plays out as violence towards women and children, delinquent habits and recklessness. But with awareness, change is possible. African men must be more proactive in creating safer communities for women and children. It starts with self examination to determine the triggers behind our insecurities and why we overreact when our position is threatened as the first step towards healing and self empowerment.

  1. To lead is to serve.

Sankara’s was a perfect example of servant leadership. The symbols of opulence all but disappeared under his watch. His down-to-earth attitude was baffling. He got rid of the presidential fleet of Mercedes and opted for the boxy fuel efficient Renault 5. He refused to use the air conditioning in his office because he did not feel he earned the privilege. These small gestures were necessary for fiscal discipline. Burkina Faso was one of Africa’s poorest nations and he understood the injustice of the one percent living off the fat of the land while the great masses wallowed in poverty. Sankara’s brand of leadership was about elevating the collective through organizing and example which he used as a reflection of his individual worth.
I read somewhere that leadership is the ability to motivate and inspire others to take positive and sustainable action. This principle is not pegged to the number of followers. It can just as easily apply to a household or a relationship. The underlying objective is not merely to lead but how well we lead that counts. At the most basic level, a true leader must live by example. All talk and no action won’t cut it.

 

  1. Don’t believe the hype.

Thomas Sankara decreed that his portrait should not be displayed all over the country in official buildings as is the norm in Africa. He saw no need to develop a cult of personality around him. Despite his high station he identified with commoners. He was secure enough in his position to be humble.

Success can be overwhelming. It takes a steady hand to ride the waves without sinking into the depths of self delusion. No matter how great the accomplishment, one must not get too attached to the noise it generates. Sooner or later, the hype will pass and it is important to remember the man you were before success came knocking.

  1. Cultivate your personal style.

Sankara’s style was rugged. He preferred tailored military fatigues drawing inspiration from Fidel Castro and like Che’ he wore a beret. He loved motorcycles and dressed appropriately for the bike. He promoted Burkinabe traditional as an expression of belonging. (Reference the attempt to find a Kenyan national dress)

Style essentially is about knowing who you are and how to express your individuality. It is also about comfort in your own skin. Fashion fades. Do not be a slave to trends or you will end with suitcases of clothes you detest.

  1. Fitness is for life.

Sankara’s commitment to personal fitness was total. He was regularly seen jogging unaccompanied in the streets of Ouagadougou so it’s no surprise that he was never overweight. He initiated fitness programs around the country and always seemed energized. These days as soon as man makes a little money, it is reflected on his waistline. The more prosperous one gets, the bigger the bellies grow. By the time fortune descends, he will have arrived at full term pregnancy. Physical fitness is not a priority and all about vanity with the advent of surgical short cuts. But an unhealthy lifestyle is expensive because medical cover is not getting cheaper. Most of ailments plaguing society are attributed to careless lifestyle choices and are preventable. The human body was not designed to be sedentary, so get off your butt and make exercise a regular activity.
Inspiring Thomas Sankara quotes;

  • “I want people to remember me as someone whose life has been helpful to humanity.”
  • “While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas”.
  • “Women’s fate is bound up with that of an exploited male. However, this solidarity must not blind us in looking at the specific situation faced by womenfolk in our society. It is true that the woman worker and simple man are exploited economically, but the worker wife is also condemned further to silence by her worker husband. This is the same method used by men to dominate other men! The idea was crafted that certain men, by virtue of their family origin and birth, or by ‘divine rights’, were superior to others”.

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References:

Source: MODERN AFRICAN GUY

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in General News

 

Moses Kuria wants to Circumcise Raila Odinga, all Luos with Scissors – Video

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria. Image: Google Images

Happened , 5th of September in Kiambu. He also called SCOK/Raila a DOG Get a Kikuyu to translate for you. Here’s a rough translation.

4 minutes of the clip

They should go as they do what? As they “dry”! In fact, next time we’ll come with the song’s performer. Let Raila listen keenly: on October 17, we will not use razor blades, we will use scissors. Tell him to stay away from me, because one I am done shaving his head, I’ll stop him from bothering us by circumcising him! He must go home a circumcised man to stop him from taking us for fools. Isn’t that so? Do you love our Uhuru? The king of our land? The king of Kikuyus? Will you vote for him? Thank you and God bless you. Tell everyone to wake up early in the morning. Every one has a vote! Give it to Uhuru. Asanteni sana.

SECOND SPEAKER:

Asante sana Mheshimiwa Mwathi. Actually, our people, let’s do this, instating of fussing about it, let us split this bread. Haiya! You guys don’t want us to do that? Should it not be split? Do you want a full loaf? Do you want it as a half of a loaf? No half loafs! None! Say it louder so that Uhuru can hear you. Say it: no half loafs (repeated ad hominem). We want a full loaf! Asante sana. Now I would to invite a warrior of this tribe. Would you like him to address you? I’d like to invite Moses Kuria, would you like himto address him. Moses Kuria, warrior of the tribe! Round of applause! Asante sana!

MOSES KURIA- THIRD SPEAKER:

Hala! Greetings to the people of Kiambu. [Incorrigible]. Even when you are beaten. I heard that you stole the election. Is it true- did you do it? That’s what I was told. I thought we had agreed that you would wake up early and vote. Did you do so? Did you vote Uhuru Muigai wa Kenyatta? Goddamn, this dog [cheers]…8 million votes, 8 million votes, and those wild animals ruled in just 5 minutes. You mean to tell me 8 million votes were lost in 5 minutes. I swear, he is a dog of a dog! [cheers]. Listen, all we did was give birth to a child, we did not have any miscarriages, the child did not die in the maternity hospital, the child had begun to suckle, until Raila appeared, and he thrust his finger in the child’s anus, [cheers] until the child died.

[cheers]. Can you possibly forgive such a man? Can you forgive him? But the judgment’s been declared, it’s on the 17th, will you come out to vote? Will you wake up early in the morning? Will you spend the night queuing? Let’s do it to him again! Right? If he does not wan to (?) then he might as well stay away, he is not obliged to appear (?). If Raila decides not to come…let him try and visit Nairobi I swear, and we will chase him out (?). I do not want to argue with the President, but on this I must: he urged us to embrace each other and preach peace. I don’t know nor want that “peace.” Tell the person next to you: “Be prepared!” “Be prepared!”

Watch the Moses Kuria video insulting Raila below….

 

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in General News

 

IEBC Vice Chair Consolota Nkatha Maina insubordinates her Boss Chebukati, things go South..

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IEBC Vice Chair Consolata-Nkatha Bucha Maina

Dear Consolata
Vice Chairperson, IEBC

No one insubordinates their Boss and survive long. How on earth can you lead fellow Commissioners to hijack the official Twitter handle of IEBC to refer to your Chairman’s Memo as “alleged” Memo?

Let me tell you one truth: By disowning your Chairman, you may get excited with nocturnal cheers from fringe extremist cheerleaders of those that benefitted from fraudulent elections, but the excitement is so temporary.

Heaven and earth frowns on traitors of all shades. You lose all credibility. All doors will close on you.

What stands the test of time is truth, honest and integrity. Deceit, treachery and fraud are so short-lived, no matter the illusion of success and power for now.

Be the gracious Lady that always stood beside the Chairman, lest Chebukati will say: Et tu Consolata? Brutus didn’t last long after stabbing Emperor Julius Caesar!

 

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in General News

 

Kenya Now Ethnically Divided than Ever; Secession is the Only Hope for Marginalized Communities

New Kenya as per the proposed petition to split Kenya into 2 Countries

A petition has gained nationwide attention after calling for splitting of Kenya into 2 countries: Jubilee- and NASA-controlled regions. Image – The Star, Kenya.

I was sitting at home devastated when they announced Odinga’s defeat in the general election earlier this month. But I was soon distracted by the madness that erupted that Friday night in Ruaka Town, where I live, as soon as the results were announced. This is Kiambu County, the heartland of Uhuru Kenyatta’s support. I had to go and check it out for myself. Thousands upon thousands of euphoric townsfolk poured into the main avenue and lit large bonfires to sing and celebrate the results. It was a marvelous learning opportunity. I talked with as many people as possible wanting to know why they were so happy about Kenyatta’s win.

In their heightened emotional state, some were surprisingly honest: Borori uyu ni witu – this country belongs to us – some of them said – meaning we the Kikuyu. But I pressed for more rational answers. One that stood out was that through Kenyatta’s victory, the survival of the Kikuyu tribe had been guaranteed. Odinga would have taken from the Kikuyu to give to the Luo. David Ndii’s words began ringing loudly in my mind: we Kenyans are not a nation. Not even nearly. I clearly saw our nationhood as a pretense we like carrying around, one which we can easily shed at a moment’s notice.

I did not expect to find any reason to smile when I came out into those celebrations that night. But within minutes I was grinning from ear to ear: I had also asked everyone I talked to whether they would be voting for William Ruto for president in 2022 as the Uhuru-Ruto deal had critically stipulated. The most common answer was a categorical no. This is the silver lining in this huge mess folks. Ruto might never get to be president. The response I got is borne out by the evidence: other ethnic groups in Kenya have voted for a candidate outside their own ethnicity in prior elections, except the Kikuyu. Since the advent of multiparty politics in Kenya in 1992 the Kikuyu electorate has voted only for Kikuyu candidates. There is no reason to believe they will behave any differently in the coming election.

This is a reason to rejoice even if we lost at the polls. The Uhuru administration is inept and corrupt. A Ruto administration would be inept, corrupt and brutal. You will remember where Ruto’s political career began: doing Moi’s dirty work. Before 1992 Moi controlled a one-party state. Elections never gave him any jitters because only one party – his own – was in the ballot box. After the fall of the Berlin Wall the US didn’t need the dictator anymore so he faced pressure to democratize. Multiparty politics arrived. Moi was now afraid of elections. He dealt with this situation in two ways. Violence was first: he needed to forcefully remove from his strongholds people belonging to ethnic groups that never voted for him. For instance, Kikuyus were attacked and chased away from Molo in the Rift Valley, where I went to high school. The second strategy was massive voter bribery in regions that could be easily swayed: a hideous plot that saw massive amounts of currency brazenly printed for this purpose, plunging Kenya into an inflation crisis.

A group of young people was brought together to carry out this violence and mass bribery on behalf of Moi. It was called Youth for Kanu ’92. Its leaders? Cyrus Jirongo and William Ruto. That’s how our deputy president got his start in politics. That’s the person who could become our next president. He is a person who has stayed true to his gory origins: it’s not surprising that local journalists and witnesses in the Rift Valley who were reporting candidly to the world about Ruto regarding the 2008 violence and the ICC case all over sudden decided to start visiting their maker. Ruto’s road to power is a canopy dripping with the blood of innocent Kenyans. The police violence against civilians – infants included – and the crackdown against civil society we’ve seen in the past two weeks is horrifying. But it would also be much worse in a Ruto presidency. He is a piece cut right out of Moi’s fabric.

The victory Carnival in Ruaka was broken up by tear gas canisters after a small group of unruly youth verbally taunted police officers standing nearby. Earlier in the night the same group of youth had blocked and hit a long-distance passenger bus making its way through the town. Looking at passengers inside the stationary bus, a group of ladies standing behind me started saying “Ona uria mairite! Ici ni nyamu cia ruguru!” – “Look at how dark they are! These must be animals from the West”. The Kenyan dream of a credible national unity is fast fading away.

It is why I am still mourning Odinga’s loss in this month’s election. Canaan would have meant a much stronger inclusion of marginalized ethnic communities in this country. It would have meant a better shot at building a nation. It is why we must cry for Odinga’s loss. Being on his side throughout the difficult journey makes it an extremely bitter pill to swallow. But we must feel the pain, for we need level heads in the next couple of years. A much graver threat to the dream of freedom and true national unity lurks around the corner.

Article © Kamau Muiga

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2017 in General News

 

Miguna Miguna Leads in Latest Nairobi Gubernatorial Opinion Poll

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Miguna Miguna is the preferred Nairobi gubernatorial candidate according to latest opinion polls by Titcom Technologies Research.

The new poll shows that 38% of Nairobi voters will elect Miguna over the incumbent governor Evans Kidero and bling-bling boyish candidate mike Sonko, and Peter Kenneth.

Evans kidero garnered 32%, Peter Kenneth 21% and Mike Sonko mere 9%.

This latest poll shows that Kenyans are ready for a candidate who is ready to dismantle the cartels and drain the swamp.

 

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Posted by on July 4, 2017 in General News

 

Kikuyu Musicians Beating Civil War Drums Through Highly Inciting Jubilee Campaign Songs

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DRUMS of WAR. photo: Google Images

 

By Ephraim Njega

I had decided not to post anything over this long weekend to allow our Muslim brothers and sisters enjoy a quiet Idd ul Fitr. However I feel constrained to respond to some grave developments in the ongoing election campaigns.

There is a group of Kikuyu popular gospel and secular musicians who are singing songs full of genocidal rhetoric as they campaign for the increasingly desperate outgoing Jubilee regime. It is a shame that even well respected musicians like Kamaru have succumbed to this nonsense.

Some young musicians such as Dennis Mutara are also shamelessly engaged in this crap. Don’t these guys owe anything to Kenyans from all tribes who have over the years supported their music?

As these people sing songs calling and characterizing other communities as enemies of Kikuyus does it occur to them that Uhuru Kenyatta’s son is married to a Luo?

The songs are creating a siege mentality and spreading baseless fears that if Kikuyus lose power they will be evicted from other parts of the country and that no Kikuyu will be employed in NASA government. Do these people remember the long list of Kikuyus who Raila has worked with in the past and continues to work with currently?

How many Kikuyus earn a living by working for government anyway? Is it not a constitutional requirement for all communities to work in government both national and county ones?

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission must take its work seriously. NCIC was formed to ensure that 2007/2008 never happens again. Kaparo must move with speed to arrest and prosecute these hatemongers. I am deeply pained, shocked and devastated to see this nonsense being propagated openly in what is supposed to be a civilized and advancing country.

Kikuyu supremacist ideology has no place in this country. No tribe is superior to any other. No tribe has any entitlement to monopolize state power in Kenya. A Kenyan from any tribe has an equal opportunity not only to aspire to lead Kenya but also to vie and be elected in that capacity. Nobody deserves the enemy label for doing that or for supporting such a candidate.

Jubilee leadership has lost it by sponsoring these divisive songs that isolate Kikuyus from other tribes. This petty and desperate campaign is going to backfire badly. Kikuyus are under no obligation to support Uhuru Kenyatta. They are completely free to decide whom to vote for without fear mongering and intimidation.

Every Kikuyu of goodwill must say no to these primitive and ethnic extremist songs. Remember the person who is paying these musicians has the resources to flee the country should a civil war break. Kikuyus interact and co-exist peacefully with other Kenyans daily in every part of this country. No one should try to sow seeds of discord for their selfish political ambitions.

Kenyans must know that ethnic supremacist ideologies are what caused the 1994 Rwanda genocide. I urge these mistaken musicians to think about Kenya and not what they are being paid, to do dirty bidding for politicians. The musicians must vacate this hate campaign immediately. Kenya will be there regardless of who wins the forthcoming general election. No politician is worth destroying this country for.

Below is one of the songs in question C/O Mutemi

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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in General News

 

Ten Reasons Why Jubilee Must Go Home or Kenya Will Go Under – Go into Receivership!!

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President Uhuru Kenyatta shamelessly dab dancing at State House while Kenyans die of Hunger and lack of water.

  1. Jubilee has failed in the fight against corruption. Jubilee government has created a pervasive culture of corruption. Corruption is now a low risk high return activity. Today many people consider winning a government tender the same way they consider winning lottery.

Consequently, the culture of hard work has been replaced with that of working smart, which translates to raiding government coffers for self-enrichment. Government resources benefit a few connected individuals leaving the economy bleeding to death. This has increased poverty and inequalities hence affecting national security and stability.

  1. Jubilee has mismanaged and destroyed the economy. Under Jubilee meticulous government planning has been discarded and replaced with vendor driven projects. Vision 2030 has been ignored in favour of politically motivated projects with no social economic impact.

Jubilee inherited a functional economy but in just four years has run it down to the brink of collapse. Even the greatest Jubilee fanatic agrees that the economy is worse under Jubilee.

Fiscal discipline has been thrown out of the window. Budgets are bloated and the estimates based on whims rather than evidence. Consequently, looting opportunities have been created since a lot of money is left floating around for the vultures. From being one of the best managed economies in Africa, we are now a laughing stock and a cause for concern.

  1. Jubilee has destroyed the private sector. Jubilee inherited a vibrant private sector but through sustained poor policies, only a shell is left. In formulating policies, Jubilee has isolated private sector players often treating them as criminals rather than partners. The policy environment has been defined by flip flopping and chaos. As a result, the private sector is on the deathbed.

Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost and millions of lives ruined. Jubilee leaders continue to deny the financial challenges facing the country making it impossible for solutions to be found.

If these poorly thought out and reckless policies continue, the economy will enter into a brutal and devastating recession that will take years to reverse. Only you the voter has the power to stop this calamity from maturing.

  1. Jubilee has borrowed too much too fast. When Jubilee took over in April 2013, total public debt stood at KShs 1.9 Trillion. Today that debt stands at over KShs 4.5 Trillion and is rising fast. If this continues, we will have a public debt crisis within the next two to three years. Nearly all government revenues will go into debt servicing and the economy will grind to a halt. Economic undertakers the World Bank will step in and Kenyans will be taken through unforgiving austerity measures.

Furthermore, such fast borrowing denies future governments the chance to use debt for economic development. Jubilee has stolen from the present and the future. Jubilee claims it has borrowed for infrastructure development but out of the KShs 2.2 Trillion borrowed only KShs 1.1 Trillion can be attributed to infrastructure i.e. SGR-KShs 327 Billion, Roads- KShs 437 Billion and Counties Development-KShs 358 Billion.

Part of government borrowing has found its way into recurrent spending which is an unforgivable economic sin. Borrowed money has been stolen through corruption and the balance poured into vote hunting projects that may earn Jubilee re-election but will never produce a return for the country.

  1. Jubilee has destroyed institutions of governance. Incompetent leaders value loyalty over performance. This is why under Jubilee public officials feel no need to be accountable to the people. Jubilee inherited a functioning performance management system which it has destroyed.

The only performance required of public officials is to offer endless praises to the powers that be. No country can succeed without strong institutions. Personality cults and hosanna choirs for the country’s leaders are a ticket to a banana republic. Public officials spend more time worshiping Jubilee heads than in delivering services.

  1. Jubilee government is the worst run in history. This is probably the only government which has no scheduled cabinet meetings. The Cabinet has been meeting on an adhoc basis and for less than 10 times in a year. Past governments used to have weekly scheduled meetings.

As a result, the government is dysfunctional and top leaders have no idea what is going on in the country. This is why the country has been running from one crisis to the next with no relief in sight. The President and his Deputy are completely out of touch with reality. There is no way of monitoring or evaluating government performance. The planning and execution environment has been characterized by chaos.

Jubilee leaders prefer appointing illiterate tribal loyalists into public office instead of proven professionals. Under Jubilee only rubbish can rise to the top. The country’s top brains are wasting away as tribal goons and career failures circle around public resources like vultures to a carcass.

  1. Jubilee government has been very incompetent and insensitive to citizens’ needs. This government has treated Kenyans with a lot of contempt. It has been run with an elitist attitude that beggars belief. A doctors’ strike was allowed to run for 100 days. Nurses strike is on for two weeks and the President is busy campaigning without a care in the world.

Bandits have seized parts of the country and the government is unable to restore order despite investing billions in security. Life has become cheap. The government failed to plan for the country’s food needs resulting in escalating prices and stock outs never before seen in our history. Jubilee paints a tragic image of a government unable to govern.

  1. The government has prioritized politics above everything else. Since this government was elected it has spent over half of its life campaigning for re-election. Projects have been initiated with an eye on the election as opposed to their economic value.

People with political influence have been given a free hand to loot the country and to conduct themselves with impunity. Currently, the country is full of lawlessness because anyone who controls a few votes can engage in any crime and nothing can be done to them.

  1. Jubilee leaders lack moral authority. The Jubilee leaders’ path to power and wealth is not paved with hard work or solid achievements. They owe their success to favours, manipulation of the system and appropriation of state resources to themselves and their political cause. Their path to success is not one any parent can recommend for their children.

As a result, the leaders lack credibility and no one including their juniors take them seriously. Such leadership will take this country nowhere.

  1. Jubilee leadership has made Kenya a pariah state and disconnected it from the East African Community. Relationship with EAC states is so constrained that the President no longer attends heads of state summits preferring to send his deputy. Other EAC leaders see Kenyan leadership as hopelessly corrupt and a stain on the region. From once an anchor and leader state in EAC, today we are an untouchable mess.

Today Kenya is the sick man in the EAC region a tag once carried by Tanzania. Other EAC countries are choosing alternative routes for their projects to avoid contamination with corruption. Our status as a gateway to the region is at stake.
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For these ten reasons you must vote Jubilee out. Kenya will not survive another Jubilee term. Don’t accord them an extra second in power. A vote for Jubilee is a vote against your future and that of your children. I warned you in 2013 and I warn you again. You have already received the first installment of suffering under Jubilee.

 

CREDIT: Ephraim Njega

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in General News

 
 
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