The Majority Decision
Dissenting Opinion – Ojwang
Dissenting Opinion – Njoki
And for those who prefer the video (it is 7 hours long )
The Majority Decision
Dissenting Opinion – Ojwang
Dissenting Opinion – Njoki
And for those who prefer the video (it is 7 hours long )
Just came back from a two and a half months hang around in the republic. It was fun with the election, the death of all of Satan’s infamous Kenyans like Biwott, GG, Kiplagat and others.
I got loads of stuff to go over here but first we must wait for the Petition Verdict. Interestingly just before I left on August 13, 2017 I went for oa meeting with my friend Oduor Ong’wen at Valencia Gardens next to Junction Mall and it was obvious we were heading somewhere we haven’t been for a while.
The Supreme Court manenos can drive us crazy if we start to look at them but a few things are obvious. The Court decided not to determine the case based on silly technicalities. That is good. Secondly, the court order to have the IEBC provide a load of info to NASA and others was primarily and contemptuously ignored by the IEBC.
In my view this case will either be a case of reckless and in your face rigging which the court will have no choice but to void and send the country to another election or the court will be overrun the way IEBC has been overrun.
I am going to have to send a request to the moderator to equip me with the tools of doing a proper essay including posting pictures etc. I will send my request via email to the moderator.
Meanwhile we wait. Shall we?
I Cry For Africa
We have been subjected to all forms of manipulation for centuries, and through it all, we have always tried to make the best of horrible situations
Our ancestors were sold into slavery, debauchery, inhuman and savage treatment, but yet we celebrate their offspring for their tremendous achievements in art, science and leadership.
But let me not digress and stick to the issue on hand, this is about “democracy” and governance in Africa is a whole
This month we have been treated to a charade of elections in Kenya and Rwanda. The outcomes were already predetermined by those close to power and the rest of the exercise was intended to hoodwink citizens and the international spectators. Both elections carried with them the hallmark of common “western approved dictum” – peaceful, organized, computerized, etc. But behind this facade, everyone both losers and winners of the elections are aware of not just the deep seated resentment within large sections of their populace, but also the deceitful, cunning and shrewd manipulation of the processes in order to bring out a predetermined outcome.
Rewinding the Time Dial
At this juncture, I would like introduce the time dial. In every dispute, conflict or general misunderstanding, humans by nature will rewind the time dial, and then stop at where the facts will best fit their narrative. We are told in the bible of Eve stopping at when Satan supposedly offered “alternative wealth”, Adam on the other hand stops at “this partner you gave me”. If any of the two bothered to take the time dial further back to when God opened the gates of the universe to them …. that would be a different story. Fast forward to all of us, we too have our own convenient time-dial stops whenever we feel, offended most of the time, or in the few instances we are proud of something as well. But again this is not the point of this post.
Our African style of democracy, our leadership models, governments etc are all a sham and an extremely poor and ridiculous imitation of the western democracies that we are supposed to copy or emulate. The UK for instance has both a monarchy and an elected from of government, and this can be found in different places all over Europe and Asian countries. America rebelled against monarchy and instituted the first leadership based on elective practice.
But what about Africa? Many of us like to rewind the time dial to when we got leaders we could tolerate, or like, or specifically those that got us from a specific quagmire. Feel free to tune that time dial to any leader of your choice from early 1940’s to present day.
But in reality this is the narrative that we have allowed ourselves to be brainwashed into believing as our destiny. It helps to mask, obliterate and in fact rewrite the atrocities committed by foreigners (from Arab, European and other worlds) to our African ancestry and heritage and force us into a fictitious world that they created and want us to be bound by.
The African countries, that many of us proudly claim to be part of, were nothing but a creation of a bunch of wild drunkards, in the late 1800s, sitting in a conference room in Europe, pandering to the whims of a narcissistic monarch, carving out their trading zones and preferred routes of trades in a newly found highly productive continent. This ladies and gentlemen is the bone of contention. These idiots in that room defined our countries, that at best offered them convenient passage and access to whatever wealth or resources they had found or identified in either half processed or raw form. It may have been informed by either their technology at the time, perhaps some geographic aspects, a little bit about the hostility or friendliness of the locals along the route or domiciled in the location of resource.
So my African brothers and sisters, our “countries” unlike western countries, most of which were brought together by common interests and goals whether economic or social, our African countries as defined are nothing but an arbitrary wave of the wand by some drunken idiots sitting in conference room in Europe circa late 1800. Also known by the preferred label “The Berlin Conference”. If we were to turn events around for a little bit, lets imagine a group of African leaders sitting in an AU conference headed say by the late Col. Ghadaffi, attempting to re-define our African borders to be a little more pragmatic to our own needs and purposes , it would perhaps be called the Armageddonization and balkanization of Africa. Yes sir, instead of a cute name like Berlin Conference, it would get some sinister acronym. Same madmen at the table, but not politically correct enough.
Perpetual Conflicts in Africa
My “frens”, the leadership and governance problems in all of Sub-Saharan Africa are because they are founded on unions (countries) that are flawed, on associated values (economic, social) that are imported and imposed on us based on values that may apply in western countries but may be completely irrelevant for the African societies created, and therefore serve no one especially the masses, but do however bring great relief, wealth and opportunity, for those lucky enough to have found favor with those who colonized Africa. Even the conflicts in Somalia, are largely strengthened by local communities resenting foreign based governance structures, which give rogue elements in society a basis for their existence. In fact terrorist activity in Africa is largely against western values and their perceived sympathisers. I do not condone and abhor violence of any kind, but we do need to evaluate where we stand as Africans. Migrants from our troubled African continent continue to flee under hazardous conditions, the few who survive the journey are subject to even more horrendous conditions in their host countries before being deported back to the very same troubled countries they ran away from. A vicious cycle that closely matches the slave trade just 100 years ago.
Fake Elections and “Democratic” Principles
The sham of elections in Kenya and perhaps Rwanda this month, stretch your imagination and eyes out to Zimbabwe, Uganda, both Sudans, Congo etc, the list is not just endless, but growing, with the ritual of waking up in the dead of night to “exercise your right to vote”, the months of planning, the enormous expenses, and the cherry on top is the smooth talking group of gangsters called “Election Observers” whose job it is to perpetuate the very nonsense they have created, on their own behalf as well as their colonial masters. Note how almost all the observers are either from Western countries, or African leaders who have mostly benefited from Colonial legacies. Now if you feel tempted to throw in the name of one or two liberators, please do, but just remember they are the exception (like in minority inclusion policies) rather than the norm.
New Nations of Africa
I appeal to the entire Africa and urge that we must first break apart and indeed secede from the “Berlin Conference” African countries ties, create societies based on our intrinsic cultures or geographic boundaries (rivers, mountains, hills, deserts, etc) Let those be the states or nations, and then let the leaders of those communities, work out modalities to form political, social or economic alliances with neighbours near and far. Let these new associations be designed by the African communities who will see value in creating ties with other communities in either economic, social or political affairs. We do not have to be tied to any other culture or belief or economy unless we want to.
A Kikuyu person in central province who does not share cultural beliefs or ties with a Nyanza man, should not be forced together as a country or nation unless both communities can find values that bring them together. Replace the specifc ethnicity with any other ethnicity or clan found in each county and/or country
All the wars and internal strife in Africa is based on accumulation of resources and wealth but largely fueled by the differences in political, economic and social differences of the people grouped together as country.
The creation of warlords is nothing more than these oppressed communities whether by tribe, clan or other zoning, reaching out to local leadership, usually in rebellion to brutal “Administrators” sent to these zones by political leadership, mimicking the very same colonial structures used to oppress locals who rebelled against occupation.
I urge Africans to arise, begin the movement to secede from the “Berlin Conference” defined countries, form strong local communities and nations and then reconstitute boundaries and nations based on common and shared values that enhance, promote, complement and strengthen your social, economic and political leadership values.
As an aside I ask, why does a Maasai in Kenya require a passport, visa, clearance etc to visit a fellow Maasai in Tanzania, replace tribe and country with any other community in Africa. Also why do we need to continue to propagate the espionage, hate, killings that are part and parcel of European culture yet we as Africans never ever had the need for these until “Western Civilisation” landed in Africa
I would have loved to get input from the many gifted history scholars before I posted this, and I do hope that any person reading this who has more insight or access to people with such insight will be encouraged to share their thoughts or tag someone who can
Onward to the New Nations of Africa
PS: Just look at how much time and effort is spent in Kenya chasing a returning officer or form 34A/B, after investing heavily and spending billions on electoral technologies and administrations, only to still announce outcomes that were determined over 1 year back.
Mungu aibariki Afrika yetu
Until then I continue to Weep for Africa
Appended below is a very similar article penned by Prof Makau Mutua which I came across earlier today
NAIROBI, Kenya — With sloping, charcoal-gray walls that resemble the elegant curves of a luxury car, Nairobi’s sleek new railway station, built by China, looks more like an airport terminal reserved for wealthy Kenyans and their private jets.
Given the price tag, it might just as well be.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government spent $4 billion on a 300-mile railway connecting the capital to the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa, the most expensive infrastructure project since Kenya’s independence 54 years ago and one-fifth of its national budget.
Eager to portray it as a major achievement ahead of national elections in August, Mr. Kenyatta opened the so-called Standard Gauge Railway last Wednesday. But the fanfare was overshadowed by a concern that has been snowballing for months, filling many Kenyans with mild terror: How can the country repay its monstrous debt to China?
China’s Eximbank accounts for about 90 percent of the Nairobi-Mombasa project. The loan has already pushed the Kenyan debt above 50 percent of output, and imports of Chinese supplies and materials required to build the railway are making people anxious about Kenya’s worsening trade imbalance with China.
Ken Mugane, a Nairobi businessman who went on a test ride a few days before it opened officially, said the train was impressive, echoing widespread opinion that it would improve trade and reduce congestion. The Express service cuts travel time by about half — to five hours from 10.
But very little of it conjured an image of Kenya, he said, except maybe for the landscape. “It needs to look like it’s ours,” he said. “After all, we’re going to pay for it through our noses, aren’t we?”
Small details seemed designed to remind Kenyans that the project wasn’t a free ride, he joked. Pamphlets were in Chinese. Some staff members wore uniforms of red and gold — the colors of China’s flag. Even the music on the train wasn’t Kenyan, he complained.
The biggest surprise, Mr. Mugane said, was seeing a sculpture of Mao Zedong at the Mombasa station. (It was actually of Zheng He, a 15th-century Chinese explorer who sailed to East Africa.) The man putting it on a plinth was Chinese, Mr. Mugane noted. “Even that wasn’t being done by a Kenyan,” he said ruefully.
Despite such misgivings, Kenya wouldn’t have had its first new railway for more than a century – the last one was built by the British in 1901 – if it weren’t for Chinese loans and China’s strong record of getting projects built on time. It took less than four years for the line to be completed.
China’s state-run news media has celebrated its completion as demonstrating a Chinese commitment to African development.
The new Kenyan line “bears the Kenyan people’s dream for this century of striving for national development and prosperity,” a Chinese vice foreign minister, Zhang Ming, said in Nairobi this month. “This also shows China’s firm support for Kenya achieving independent and sustainable development.”
But on Kenyan television, reports about the railway’s opening invariably turned to its inflated cost, and to questions of corruption. On one show, a politician who had switched allegiances from the opposition to Mr. Kenyatta’s party and who extolled the railway’s virtues was quickly submerged by calls from viewers. “You are lying,” one person said. “You were bribed.”
As a result of the railway’s gargantuan cost, and the equally enormous task of repaying China, some Kenyans already have a nickname for it: the Lunatic Express 2.
The name Lunatic Express was coined more than a century ago to describe a colonial British railway so costly it was considered a “gigantic folly,” even by the standards of the Empire. The 660-mile line linked Lake Victoria with Mombasa. Thousands of laborers, most of them Indians, died from harsh working conditions, disease, hostile tribes and even man-eating lions.
In recent years, riding the train had become an act of lunacy itself. Passengers boarded a rusting, creaking millipede overtaken by trucks, buses and grazing animals that had claimed parts of the railway as resting spots.
The SGR, its Chinese successor, travels much faster, averaging 74 miles an hour, and is designed to carry 22 million tons of cargo a year. Its construction involved little foreign labor or murderous animals. The lunacy, many Kenyans say, is the idea of generations being chained to China, long after Mr. Kenyatta and his coterie leave office.
“It’s madness,” said Samuel Nyandemo, a senior lecturer in economics at Nairobi University, who was visibly outraged. Why, he almost shouted, is the railway twice as expensive as a similar project in neighboring Ethiopia or Morocco? And why was the tendering process done behind closed doors, if not to allow Kenya’s political elite to pocket vast sums of kickbacks?
“This is another type of lunacy,” he said.
There are parallels between the old Lunatic line and its replacement, said Elias Randiga, the assistant director of the Railway Museum in Nairobi, a stone’s throw from the original Nairobi Station.
habby and dilapidated, it had imposing lettering on one wall that read (as if to drive the point that lower classes weren’t welcome), “Upper Class Booking and Ticketing Office.”
Opened in 1899, the building was constructed on marshland used by Maasai pastoralists to graze their cattle. The name Nairobi is derived from the Maasai word meaning “a place of cool waters.”
Today, a cacophonous, chaotic city shoves itself onto the grounds of the prim Victorian station. “Matatu” buses unceremoniously dump off passengers, while businessmen in suits buy fruit from village women. A bright-red election bus spilling over with President Kenyatta’s supporters recently snarled traffic, as some hopped off and strutted to Kenyan pop music and the honking horns of irritated drivers.
The Indian laborers working for the British faced a hostile environment, including the sheer physical challenge of laying down 17,000 miles of track that climbed into mountains and then descended into the Great Rift Valley.
More than 4,000 people died during the railway’s construction. Among them, dozens were killed and eaten by lions, including one British man who was dragged out of his bed by one. “Tsavo camp remained very much a man-eater’s chophouse,” wrote Charles Miller in “The Lunatic Express,” a book about the railway’s construction, referring to the region that became Tsavo National Park.
Lion attacks were so bad that Indian laborers went on strike, Mr. Randiga said. “There was a myth among Indians that they were targeted because they ate spice and lions liked spice,” he said, taking out a small plastic box from a drawer and presenting it. In it were century-old claws that belonged to one of the lions, yellowed and smooth like pieces of ivory. (“I keep them under lock and key,” he said.)
The Chinese railway has also not been without controversy. At least 10 elephants were killed during construction when they collided with trains, according to Save the Elephants, a nongovernmental group.
Just as there has been local opposition to the Chinese-made railway over land issues, the British were attacked by a tribe led by a man who had prophesied that an “Iron Snake” would lure its people and colonize them.
“Which turned out to be true,” said Mr. Randiga.
He proceeded to recite a poem by a British politician, Henry Labouchere, who opposed the railway’s construction back in the early 1900s. It says, in part:
Where it is going to, nobody knows.
What is the use of it, none can conjecture.
What it will carry there’s none can define.
It is clearly nought but a lunatic line.
Mr. Randiga paused, and laughed. “We have the same debate today.”
After a long struggle by the opposition, finally the IEBC accepted to conduct an audit of the voter register. I must say that I’m one of those people who has always been skeptical of the ability of KPMG to successfully do the job. Not because they are KPMG but because they don’t have a track record of conducting such data cleansing,besides being infiltrated by Jubilee party.
It was always obvious that there was no clean data that could be used to verify the rotten voter register. The death and birth records are in shambles just as much as the ID records at the Immigration department. I had always wondered how they would expunge any data from the register without cross checking with some trusted records.
I must say that my fears have been confirmed, the KPMG report is out and they have managed to identify only 92,277 dead voters. Then they give an estimate of 1,037,260 as the number of dead-voter that might be in that register (this is pure guess work, they could three million). Since they have nothing to use for verification of the over million dead voters, these ghost voters will never be identified.
Truth of the matter is that only a fresh voter register can cure this problem. As things stand, over a million dead voters will take part in the election.
Had IEBC taken another firm than KPMG we would be telling a different story but as things stand we have not made any positive strides as far as the register in concerned. To compound the problem one very corrupt firm has been given the ballot printing paper tender. Its said that this company has share holders in Kenya. Besides, it has printed ballots in countries that massive rigging have taken place. Im afraid. I fear.
Basically KPMG is just hoodwinking Kenyans. This perhaps the biggest joke ever.
The SGR services were launched this week. After seeing the dazzling pictures and learning that it takes five hours to travel from Nairobi to Mombasa as opposed to the crazy 12+ hours the old junk railway took, I was very excited about the development.
I took pictures and rushed to tell my son the big news. The dude loves his country. We are travelling home in the next two weeks and he has been bagging me about visiting Mombasa and Lamu.
The young man has great interest in architectural sciences and he thinks Coastal housing designs all the way from Morocco to Zanzibar to Kenya offer exceptional opportunities for people to study architecture at another level.
He has been amazed by designs going back to the 15th and 16th century in coastal cities. In Zanzibar for example Ibn Batuta ( a brutal colonizer) actually introduced some truly stunning housing designs. For the royalty of course.
To cut a very long story very short, I was delighted to tell the man that yes, we will be going to Mombasa and now we have a brand new railway system to explore as we go there. He asked me how long I think this thing will keep working leave alone keep clean. I told him we are Kenyans and we know how to wreck things quick but we will hang on to this one.
Now the more I dig in to find the story behind the story for the SGR project the more scary it looks, never mind Uhuru’s childish pettiness in fighting Joho, the more scary the whole thing looks. It seems Kenyans are going to have to auction their blood to pay for this thing.
What the heck is up with this SGR thing? Anybody knows.
Here we go.
SGR ‘bitter pill to swallow’ for Coast residents – Joho
May. 31, 2017, 6:00 pm
By GOVERNOR HASSAN JOHO
The Standard Gauge Railway Mombasa Terminus at night. /MONICAH MWANGIThe Standard Gauge Railway Mombasa Terminus at night. /MONICAH MWANGI
When the Standard Gauge Railway was conceived under the Kibaki/Raila administration, it was a moment full of joy and promise for Kenya. It was born with every stakeholder in mind. The benefits and losses were balanced fairly throughout the country of Kenya. The future was full of limitless possibilities.
But it has now become a bitter pill to swallow. Especially for the coastal people and Mombasa. When the Jubilee regime came to power, their ascension became our misery. The best of their time is now the worst of ours. Their “spring of hope” has become our “winter of despair”.
That a modern railway was due in Kenya is not the question. The problem is that the obscene inflation of the price under Jubilee has made it too expensive for kenya. To cater for this cost, the jubilee administration has had to provide a number of guarantees to ensure the realization of this project. Key amongst the guarantees is that they have mortgaged the economic future of Mombasa. The port of Mombasa. Our birthright!
We would like the people of Kenya to know, we are a city at risk. Not only have they concessioned away the port of Mombasa in secret, the SGR will kill the city. Like the children of the biblical Isaac, one of us has sold his brothers birthright.
Key amongst the guarantees that have been conceded by the GOK for this project to come to like are:
a. Financial Guarantees
1. A “Take or Pay” contract with the Kenya Ports Authority. This means if the KPA cannot provide certain amount of goods, they have to pay the Chinese Exim Bank the difference.
2. The Railway Development Levy 1.5% RDL, this is a charge levied on ALL goods passing the port of Mombasa to satisfy the 10% local financing of the project.
3. A sovereign guarantee was issued by the National Treasury, Government of Kenya guaranteeing this loan.
b. Non Financial Guarantees
1. A Dry Port in Naivasha to move port operations.
2. A special economic zone in Naivasha to create new source of goods for the railway.
3. The disregard of the current concession with the old railway.
4. The privatisation and concession of the Port of Mombasa to private players to seek efficiency.
5. The guarantee by compulsion of goods from road traffic to rail at a higher cost
Consequences of this project are:
1. The immediate loss of Jobs for over 7000 current port employees, their dependants and affiliated businesses
2. The death of all port related business in Mombasa. From Trucking, Loading, Clearing and forwarding, Warehousing, logistics and others.
3. The arrest of all logistics-related future development.
4. The death of related logistics cities and towns along trucking routes on Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
In the light of this, we hereby demand that:
1. The government release the terms of the contract with the Chinese Exim Bank, the details of disbursement and attendant relevant information.
2. The Government of Kenya release all details of the Take or Pay contract between KPA and the financiers? What is the goods threshold and the responsibility of collection of the these fees.
3. Due to conflicting reports, the government clarify in details all charges related to goods and their destinations.
4. The government clarify the method of nomination of goods for rail and the point and implementation of charges.
5. The government clarify the extinction date of the Railway Development Levy on goods and come clean on the amounts collected since.
6. The government release the terms of the port concession, all monies paid and the details of the contract
7. The the Government clarify the details of site selection of Naivasha as a dry port. The feasibility study and the project appraisal report.
8. That the government release the “Willingness to Pay” survey of the goods for meant for railway and the feasibility report of the proposed Naivasha Special Economic Zone.
9. And that the Jubilee government show us their plan for Mombasa.
I wish to reiterate to the people of Mombasa and the coast at large, I will not have performed my duty before God and the people if I do not stand firm against this issue. I pray that you stand by your leaders as we seek to determine what future our country holds for us.
I wish to declare that you are the determinant of that future. You have a choice. On 8/8/17, make the right choice. Vote for Raila Amollo Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.