Statemanship or Sinking the Ship

Events in the past 24 hours have left both the members of the resistance movement and the supporters of the ruling kleptocracy dumbfounded. It is an understatement to state that they are both reeling in shock.

This post simply publishes the joint public statement from the two leaders without further attempt to analyse, Analysis will be carried out in subsequent comments

 

Is this reconciliation, is it boarding a sinking perhaps stinking ship or is this an unprecedented act of statemanship?

We shall interrogate this in detail and come back with solid inferences but in the meantime enjoy

 

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First is the joint statement

 

Building bridges to a new Kenyan nation

Background

In the fifty-five years since independence, Kenya has constantly sought to live up to its promise and the dreams its founding mothers and fathers had for us. We have strived to build a great nation that is responsive to the urgent need for prosperity, fairness and dignity for all Kenyans. We have achieved a lot but also fallen short of our goals. Our people are crying out for leadership that shows the path to dignity, prosperity and security.

There are changes that are required in our system of governance for us to succeed, and we have been in a process of reform to  deal  with  them for the last 20 years. Yet despite all the reforms, we continue to have deep and bitter disagreements. Ethnic antagonism and divisive political competition have become a way of life.

2 Where we came from

Just a little over a century ago, the country that would become independent Kenya was made up of different nations and peoples, organised along different linguistic and ethnic lines, and that traded and had rich relationships with each other.  Unfortunately, they were colonised and brought under the yoke of a foreign power.  Their subsequent agitation for freedom came through a nationalist anti-colonial struggle. They became Kenya. A country of diverse peoples committed to rising to greatness together.

We are grateful for our fathers, we stand on their shoulders. Yet we can also see that the promise of our nation has not been met as fully as it should have been; we know there are different measures our founding fathers should have taken as they forged this young nation.

Over the last fifty-five years, since independence, the people, and their leaders, have sometimes taken sharply differing positions regarding the best road to travel towards this commonly agreed destination.  This has led to the lack of a collective approach in the management of public affairs, and has fostered feelings of exclusion, and, ultimately, animosity.

Kenya has come full circle and appears to be re-living the same divisive experiences the country underwent after 1963.  In  this  respect,  the political leadership in Kenya today is thrust into the same dangerous political dynamics that have played out over the years, and that if not altered will result in the same kinds of calamities we have experienced in the past.

3 Where we are going

We must courageously face our challenges, and openly and honestly discuss our successes and failures if we are to formulate and implement the necessary corrective measures.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga are the two leaders who symbolise the many ways in which the country has gone full circle in its divisions. They were witness to the unity and hope that was followed by discord and division.

Intent on not witnessing the country suffer similar future  cycles  of  the same tribulations it has since 1963, they are determined to offer the leadership that prevents future generations inheriting dangerous division and offers them a path to a bright future for  all.  Both H.E.  President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga have agreed to launch this initiative that aims to create a united nation for all Kenyans living today, and all future generations

4 The issues

  • Ethnic antagonism and competition

Kenya is witnessing a continued deterioration of relationships between ethnic communities and political formations. These relationships are too often characterised by aggressive antagonism and competition. A strong nation cannot develop in this way. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and

H.E. Raila Odinga are standing together to urge every Kenyan, every political leader and formation to compete without using ethnic profiling or by promoting disdain for any group.

The two leaders respect one another. They have been competitors and even used hard language at times, but they have always been friends and respected one another. They respect each other as individuals and as leaders. They respect each other’s communities. They respect Kenyans, and they respect our nation. Every single Kenyan knows and needs respect. Respect should not mean that we tolerate what is wrong. However, the two leaders want to say to all Kenyans: the sins of individuals should not be visited on groups. We must reject and censure anyone who conducts themselves in a negative and hateful way.

  • Lack of a national ethos

Kenya is today increasingly being defined internationally by its negative politics and the challenges that they create. Corruption and violence are the main characteristics by which Kenyans are defined by the international community. Despite the many positive attributes of our country, we are yet to define and promote its national ethos. Nationhood and patriotism requires that people feel they enjoy a commonality beyond the sharing of residency in a country, and that they feel they have common characteristics, beliefs and aspirations.

  • Inclusivity

Inclusivity is one of the greatest challenges Kenyans face. We as Kenyans have failed to appreciate our God-given differences in how we think, the languages we speak, the regions we come from, and the way we worship. We have failed to appreciate that we are as the fingers of the hand: weak alone, and as strong as a fist when folded together. Our political system has been unable to respond to feelings of alienation in sections of our people. Many feel alienated from the mainstream national development initiatives and political activity. Such real and imagined exclusion is anathema to effective nation-building.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga commit themselves to make the strongest efforts to find the right skills and attitudes from as many backgrounds and identities as possible.

They both commit to fight hard for inclusivity and to make sure, in an accountable and impactful way, that public institutions work to deliver to all Kenyans at the national and county level. And, crucially, by will work together to guarantee that all Kenyans are served equally by public institutions, no matter who leads them.

  • Devolution

Devolution has so far been the most successful story in the recent process of building a strong nation. Yet a lot remains to be done in enhancing its political viability and economic sustainability.

Politically, devolution has led to exclusivity in counties where some local communities have found themselves isolated and excluded by the more populous ones creating marginalisation.

Economically, the viability of counties is a matter of concern. It is imperative that the recent efforts by count ies to coordinate their development plans in clusters defined by geography and economic sectors should be strongly encouraged both politically and practically.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga will work together to bring counties together regardless of the political affiliation of their Governors, Senators and MCAs. They will make sure that counties are delivering to the people. They will work together to hold all county governments accountable to the people.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga will continually promote a common approach that helps citizens understand the role of devolution in creating the Kenyan nation and its significance to their development.

  • Divisive elections

Elections in Kenya have now become a threat to lives, our economy and our standing as a nation. Every four years, the country almost comes to standstill as elections are prepared for. Investment and economic activity slow, losing Kenyans precious jobs and livelihoods, while political competition often escalates beyond vibrant  debate  into  ethnic polarisation. Personal security becomes uncertain, and often there is violence.

Kenyans need to overcome this negative cycle by acting on the understanding that elections on their own are not the solution to our national challenges. By faithfully adhering to the Constitution  and  the law, halting ethnic antagonism and profiling, by promoting inclusivity, by strengthening devolution, by fighting corruption, and caring about safety and security, we will have elections that are not marred by mistrust and conflict.

We have been in institutional reform mode for many years now, and for sure that there will be more to come in the future. But today, it is time to acknowledge the other critical items we have not put enough work into. We must seek to shift our terms of engagement as leaders, as individuals and as citizens, if we are to have competitive and constructive elections. That should be our first priority.

  • Safety and Security

Too many Kenyans lives are afflicted by natural and man-made disasters. Today, there is a long drought that has settled over the country, risking the lives of many Kenyans and their livelihoods. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga will come together to aid Kenyans at this time of great need. They are asking all leaders, no matter at what level, in every part of the country, to stand up and  demonstrate  their leadership by making a practical effort to ensure that those who are hungry or in distress are aided. The two leaders will work together to to ensure that all warring communities in Kenya reject violence as a way of settling inter-communal conflict or advancing any political, ethnic or religious cause. They urge every leader to join us in this critical work.

For those who launch terrorist attacks on our people, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga will work with Kenyans to unite them to stand against terrorists as a united people.

  • Corruption

Corruption is an existential threat to our Kenya. It is destroying lives, public trust and prosperity. It is being passed to the young generation, making a mockery of their hopes and their need to forge an honest and proud living. It is undermining our public and private institutions, and will destroy them and our aspirations as a nation.

The fight against corruption has to be carried out from a wide and common front to eliminate any sanctuary for perpetrators. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga will strongly support efforts to support whistleblowing from all Kenyans, and they urge all of you to loudly report the corruption you witness no matter where it is. Our fighting and reporting corruption should itself not be corrupt, it must not be a witch hunt but instead should reflect integrity. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga will stand together to ensure that political affiliation shall not be used to shield those who are found to be corrupt.

  • Shared prosperity

In parts of the country, there are many who are doing well, and Kenya continues to be a leading destination for investment into the region.  Yet too many Kenyans lack decent income, and our investment lags behind those parts of the world that have developed broadly shared prosperity in the last few decades. We have to do much better.  There are blockages, and perverse incentives against innovation, growth and job creation in our economic system. The two leaders will work together to clear them from every part of the country so that prosperity comes to us all.

Every level of government should be pressed to properly integrate and regulate value and supply chains if every Kenyan, in every part of the country, is going to be lifted out of poverty.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga will stand together to ensure that the shared prosperity  agenda  is never  forgotten  and that  it is mainstreamed as a priority objective in our development.

  • Responsibilities and rights

Kenyans must have their human and civil rights respected and enforced. There is no Kenyan whose rights should be compromised no matter the interests against them. Kenyans have struggled hard for these rights and they are not for anybody to take for granted. At the same time, to attain and protect our rights, we must embrace our responsibilities.  The two can never be separated if we are to have either.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga standing here before the country today reflects their responsibility as leader s,  as parents, and as friends. They urge every leader, and every Kenyan, to embrace the responsibilities you know are yours.

5 How it will work

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga have agreed to roll out a programme that will implement their shared objectives. The programme shall establish an office and retain a retinue of advisors to assist in this implementation. They have mandated both Ambassador Martin Kimani and Mr. Paul Mwangi to oversee the establishment of this programme. An official launch shall be held soon.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga are proud to be Kenyans, to stand here together as friends and compatriots in the great work of building a strong and united Kenya.

 

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH       H.E. Raila Odinga, EGH

 

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Then we have Raila’s Statement

Fellow Kenyans,

In the life of any nation, a time comes when the people and their leaders must audit the progress made towards the attainment of the goals and prayers laid out at the founding of the nation.

Abraham Lincoln said… “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”

When such times come, the leaders entrusted to secure the goals; in our case; justice, unity, peace, liberty and prosperity for all; have a duty to reflect on their performance in the search for these hallowed goals.

IDEALS

Such a time has come for Kenya.

Fifty four years into independence, we are challenged to audit our progress towards the ideals for which our fathers fought to establish a free and independent country and for which many of our compatriots died.

We, the leaders are equally summoned to reflect on our performance towards the achievement of our nation’s aspirations.

This audit and introspection has been a long coming.

Throughout our independence history, we have had doubts on how we have conducted our affairs in the face of growing divide along ethnic, religious and political lines. Regrettably, we have responded to our challenges by mostly running away from them.

We have moved from year to year, election to election, never pausing to deal with the challenges that our diversity was always going to pose to our efforts to create a prosperous and united nation. Consequently, the ties that bind us are today under the severest stress.

Our diversity appears destined to be a curse to ourselves today and to our children tomorrow.

REFORMS

In the past, we have given a lot of attention to institutional reforms in the hope that these could lift us to the next level of nationhood and make us a blessed land.

Seven and a half years ago, we gave to ourselves a new Constitution. We put our faith in it as the instrument to revolutionize our nation. In this and many other ways, we created some of the best hardware any country has ever possessed to engineer their affairs.

We must be courageous enough to admit that it has not worked. It has failed because we are yet to upgrade our software. We have been pouring new wine into old wine skins. The Gospel tells us that new wine needs new wine skins.

The time has come for us to confront and resolve our differences. These differences are becoming too entrenched.

No two Kenyans agree on the origins of the differences and what they portend.

Millions of our children continue to be born and married into these differences. People are dying out of these differences.

DIFFERENCES

Many of these differences are already well entrenched in the third generation of Kenyans and are currently leaking into the fourth generation in primary and secondary schools.

Yet in many instances, Kenyans cannot remember why and where they disagreed in the first place.

As we fight ostensibly to save ourselves from each other, the reality is, we need to save our children from ourselves.

My brother and I have therefore come together today to say this descent stops here.

We refuse to allow our diversity to kill our nation. We refuse to be the leaders under whose watch Kenya slid into a failed nation.

This is a call to self-reflection. We have to look into ourselves and challenge our readiness to make the changes that will allow our institutional reforms to work.

So long as we remain divided, acrimonious, selfish and corrupt, no amount of institutional reform will better our lives.

The reform process will become an exercise in diverting attention from our own failings and taking refuge in blame game.

We therefore seek your partnership in this initiative fellow Kenyans. We are all sailing in this one ship. We must come together to scoop out the water that has been sipping in or we shall capsize.

We have travelled too far to turn back.

We would never make it back to the shore.

Yet, we can’t make it to our destination either.  Our only option is to come together and scoop out these waters of animosity that we have been pouring into the boat before we all sink.

Once again, as Lincoln said… “The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail — if we stand firm, we shall not fail.

God Bless Kenya.

 

Thank you.

Raila Odinga; EGH

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And then Uhuru’s statement

 

Good Afternoon everybody,

First and foremost, I have taken great pleasure this morning in welcoming my brother Raila to Harambee House where – as he has clearly indicated – we have had an opportunity for an extensive discussion on matters Kenya and We have come to a common understanding, an understanding that this country of Kenya is greater than any one individual.

And for this country to come together, leaders must come together. Leaders must be able to discuss their differences, leaders must be able to discuss freely and openly what ails our country, what is the reason and the cause for the ethnic divisions and frictions that we see across the country that sometimes lead to inter-communal conflicts. As we have seen in various parts of our country, as we have seen up in Wajir, as we have seen on the borders of West Pokot and Marakwet and many other places.

So we have a responsibility as leaders to be able to come together to discuss these issues and to find solutions. Solutions that will bind our people together; that will unify our country, and that will give us a life cycle that is beyond the five years that we have established for ourselves.

Elections come and go but Kenya remains; so as we plan ourselves for the future, our future cannot be dictated by the forthcoming elections. Our future must be dictated by the prosperity, stability of our nation and the well-being of our people.

Democracy is not, as has often been said, an end in itself. It is just a process by which the will of the people is heard. But the national good, the national interest must always prevail over those elections.
And this is why me and my brother (Raila) have agreed that starting today, we will begin a process of bringing our people together. That, we will begin a process of discussing what ails us and what creates divisions amongst us. And we look forward to the support of every single leader. We look forward to the support every single Kenyan so that we can build together a united, harmonious, stable nation where no individual feels left out or left behind.

So to me, this marks a new beginning for our country, a beginning in which we hope that we shall march together as Kenyans and that we can differ in terms of political alignments but always remain steadfast and united in matters Kenya.

With those few and brief remarks, a more detailed statement will be given to all of you to be able to read and to understand what formulates this new beginning that we seeks to start. We thank you for finding time to join us and as my brother (Raila) has said, we look forward to you to be our partners to create this new Kenya.

Thank You and God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

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31 comments on “Statemanship or Sinking the Ship

  1. Miguna Miguna is going nuts on social media with all manner of claims about Raila. This guy does not even realise that with all the background information he has on Uhuruto he still voted for them. Its even rumored that William Ruto sponsored his books that were mainly on and about Raila.

    If Miguna believes that he can do better than Raila, then he should go ahead and use any means he desires to bring Uhuru down. But he cant and wont. He wants Raila, whom he did not even vote for to do the heavy lifting on his behalf.

    Here is a guy who thinks that Raila must listen to him or else. Really?

    As I said before, the man has big problem. He is probably psychotic.

    Note:- Im not writing this to defend Raila, but Migunas obnoxious ways are becoming a little nauseating.

  2. Admin and Others

    That is scary stuff. Uhuru and his killers are playing with fire again.

    The thing that bothers me is that a few weeks ago a friend of mine here in Toronto told me she feared Uhuru was poisoning people like Miguna with some of those toxins like the Russians do that kill you later.

    It was to scary so I thought she is losing her mind and ignored the whole thing.

    I can’t imagine this dragging at the airport happened. Lets check out and do something.

    Raila looked foolish at the airport talking to Uhuru on the phone while Uhuru’s killers were busy beating up Miguna in front of his eyes.

    Something really crazy is going on and we have to find out what it is. This could be a matter of life and death for Miguna. We will not tolerate it. This situation could go nuclear if things are not brought under control immediately.

    Even Putin doesn’t behave like this. Who the heck does Uhuru think he is. I’ll be back.

    • Yes indeed the unthinkable has happened.

      https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Miguna-Miguna-narrates-how-he-was-deported-to-Dubai/1056-4362926-feqrf1z/index.html

      Putin just did the exact same thing in the UK and the whole world went nuts expelling hundreds of Russian diplomats.

      Now we have a Kenyan citizen lying half dead in Dubai after being poisoned by Uhuru. That is an international crime.

      The only way Uhuru gets out of this is if he can get Miguna dead very fast. But could have consequences beyond Uhuru’s wildest imaginations.

      • This is exactly what I thought. First let me just say that I am embarrassed to see that one of the human bodies namely KNCHR is justifying one of the worst and most terrifying example of human rights abuse ever on our soil.

        KNHCR which seems to be working very closely with the Uhuru thugs trying to kill Miguna actually had the nerve to blame Miguna for the abuses he faced in the hands of Kenyan authorities including being physically poisoned and dragged into an airplane unconscious.

        https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/03/29/miguna-refused-to-cooperate-to-be-allowed-entry-knchr_c1738463

        I lost respect for KNHCR since Maina Kiai left because they have become part of the government furniture. They do zero work, earn a lot of money have huge state cars and now they want to actively participate in the torturing and abuse of Kenyans. Shame on them.

        It seems to me that a lot of nonsense was going on. The other person who be ashamed is Raila.

        It looks like there was some scummy deal about this matter. I was wondering what the heck was Raila doing talked to Uhuru on the phone at the airport. Now I can see the whole thing.

        It looks like Miguna was going to be allowed in and I can understand how people like Orengo were early at the airport.

        Once Miguna came Uhuru mobsters tried to trick him. The idea was to get him apply for a temporary visa and the be allowed in the country may be for six months.

        If Miguna accepted that the entire abuse and torture he has faced for about 4 weeks now would have been wiped out in a second.

        The police and the torturers would say they had every right to arrest and deport Miguna as they did because this was a foreigner in Kenya being engaged in things that were harmful to Uhuru. In fact Miguna would have opened himself up for all sorts of allegations and innuendo by Uhuru.

        Miguna is not foolish enough to sign such nonsense. This is a guy with several court orders with his name ordering him to be allowed back to the country.

        So Miguna bluntly refuses the crap from Uhuru and all hell breaks lose. Uhuru sends 400 armed police and GSU to go cause mayhem at the airport. Uhuru’s goons complied with their masters orders. They descended on journalists and tried to snuff life out of Miguna. Still nothing doing.

        Then the geniuses at State House come with a plan. Poison Miguna and carry him half dead into an airplane and Dubai here we come.

        Predictably every Uhuru move just makes things worse. Now this thing is at the Putin level. A president and his thugs poisoning its citizens trying to destroy their lives. This is not going to end well for Uhuru. Watch this space.

  3. Admin
    Im addressing this issue as a luo.

    This is the most serious human rights violation I have ever witnessed.
    This is something that we cannot win via discussion/dialogue. We must look at another way.

    Miguna Miguna issue became a purely luo thing. These other tribes in Kenya did not care to lift a finger, I mean their leaders. What this tells us is that when push comes to shove we are just what we ruly are ie Joluo.

    Let my people go!!
    Secession or death.

    • Mzee

      As far as communities/ethnicities go, only some in RV and almost all in Central are for this government, more than 70% of all other communities are against this regime and its ill treatment of citizens, rampant corruption/kleptocracy and its continued downward spiral of crippling the new constitution and re-introducing the old dictatorships.

      THis is a fight by and for all of us, do not let those few folks who think “they are in power” try to segregate us by tribe. We are in this together as communities against injustices and bad governance. We’ve been in this together right from the start, and it did not matter our ethnicity then, and it does not matter now. True this regime and Kibaki’s has continually targeted one community, but we are better than this, we are fighting injustices, corruption and other social ills. I will not be detracted by these bigots.

      Heck I do not even agree with Miguna’s political strategy, but this goes deep and is an affront to anyone with basic decency

      • I probably agree that Its an attempt to divide us. Im just saying that everyone ran away from Miguna when it mattered except for his “kith and kin”.
        My fear is that by doing the bloody handshake, Raila lost “power”. If these people decide to back off the deal then he is left in a limbo with his supporters. The handshake as you know burned a number of bridges, where friends became enemies.

        Miguna is sometimes too abrasive but his rights as a human being and a citizen must be respected. My belief is that someone or some people fear that Miguna Miguna might spoil their 2022 bid.

    • That MIgunas rights have been trampled upon is a given. That he should return to Kenya unconditionally is also a given. If this will happen is another story as we are dealing with a rogue government with despotic tendencies.

      Having said that, I have sadly come to the conclusion that Miguna Miguna is a man so consumed by himself to be saved. A man who does not listen to anyone else but himself. A person who thinks that he knows everything between heaven and earth. Its just impossible to help him. I believe he could probably be psychotic

      But worst of all is that Miguna has zero ability to separate between friend and enemy. You assist him today and the next he rubbishes all the help and insults you. The way Miguna is now talking about Raila is just unbelievable. Infact he has encouraged people to say that Raila is behind his deportation.

      There is something in Migunas head that tells him the he could inherit Raila`s base by maligning the man. Its most unfortunate but true.

      This makes me now believe Sarah Elderkin`s analysis of Miguna Miguna as below
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      By SARAH ELDERKIN

      I have defended Miguna Miguna in the past, both in print and in private – at least, it was meant to be private, until Miguna broke an undertaking of confidence and made a private communication public.

      That is typical of the Miguna we have unfortunately come to know – a person with deeply worrying issues and insufficient personal morality to restrain him from selling his friends down the road, let alone to prevent his embarking on a campaign of all-consuming personal vengeance filled with hatred.

      Many of us, including Raila Odinga – the object of Miguna’s poisonous wrath, have tried hard to save Miguna in the past. Ultimately, in the Prime Minister’s office, it became impossible to keep Miguna and to protect him from himself.

      It is deeply sad that a man with a good brain should be tortured and destroyed by emotions he cannot control, so that he ends up a victim at the mercy of his own self-destructive inner turmoil.

      Other responses to charges in the Miguna book, Peeling Back the Mask, will follow this. But first, we need to peel back the mask that Miguna Miguna himself wears. Let us examine the untold Miguna Miguna story.

      Anyone who has watched Miguna on television will have seen the staring eyes, the jabbing finger, the overbearing ranting and raving. But it was Justice Mohamed Warsame who referred very succinctly to Miguna’s inner turmoil, in dismissing, on December 15, 2011, the case Miguna had brought challenging his August 4, 2011, suspension from the Prime Minister’s office.

      In his judgement, Warsame made some interesting observations about Miguna. Speaking of his own perceptions (not issues raised by lawyers), Warsame said that Miguna was a man “who exhibits mental and emotional fits in his defence of issues”.

      He spoke of Miguna as having a “relentless sense of fighting back”, as one “who appears unpredictable and ready to fight”. Warsame added, “He is described as a man living in [a] mental darkroom.”

      It is from the turmoil of this “mental darkroom” and out of his “relentless sense of fighting back” that Miguna decided to do his very best to destroy the man for whom he had previously and fervently declared his “love”, and whom he revered.

      Miguna is a man of wild extremes. His actions have nothing at all to do with Raila Odinga. They have everything to do with Miguna Miguna, his lack of balance, and his distorted sense of self.

      Let us begin by setting straight the record concerning the relationship between Miguna Miguna and Raila Odinga. Contrary to the wildly delusional claim in the publicity for his book, Miguna Miguna was NOT “for six years … the Prime Minister’s most trusted aide”.

      Miguna Miguna was NEVER the Prime Minister’s most trusted or most senior aide. The fact is that Raila never felt he could fully trust Miguna, and that is why he deliberately kept him at arms’ length in an office on Nairobi Hill, and never allowed him to operate from his own town-centre office.

      Trust is surely something that must be declared by the person doing the trusting. The Prime Minister has never voiced or shown such trust. The claim is entirely of Miguna’s own fabrication.

      Then there is the “six years” Miguna speaks of. By his own admission, Miguna met Raila Odinga for the very first time in October 2006. Note that that is not yet six years to date.

      Raila had gone to Toronto at the start of a speaking tour and from there continued to a number of similar functions in the USA. Miguna, of his own volition, travelled along with the party from his home of two decades in Canada, to Raila’s next stop, in Minnesota, which was the first of many on that tour – Washington DC, Atlanta, Huston, Omaha, Kansas City, New Jersey.

      Miguna has claimed that he paid for this trip and met the expenses of Raila Odinga, a man he had never previously met, and certainly a man who had no need of or desire for Miguna’s sponsorship.

      The tickets for the trip were, as confirmed by Raila’s friend Paddy Ahenda, who over the past weekend has consulted the relevant records, bought in Nairobi through travel agent Al Karim. It is one among many of Miguna’s self-aggrandising statements.

      From that first meeting in Toronto, we fast forward four-and-a-half years – not six years – to the day Miguna Miguna was, on August 4, 2011, suspended from the office of the Prime Minister for conduct unbecoming.

      During those four-and-a-half years, Miguna was an employee of the Prime Minister’s office for just under 2½ years, having been appointed by President Mwai Kibaki on March 6, 2009.

      Six years? Miguna Miguna is a master of exaggeration and fantastical ravings.

      After that first meeting in October 2006, Miguna (who, like everyone else, could calculate that Raila Odinga had a very good chance of taking power in Kenya the following year) apparently took stock of his own situation in his adopted country, and decided that this was his opportunity to leave behind a chequered and rather uncomfortable past, and to reinvent himself back in his homeland.

      Much of Miguna’s legal work in Canada had consisted of assisting immigrants, including immigrants from Kenya. In the course of this work, the 40-year-old Miguna had been publicly arrested on November 4, 2002, and charged with sexual assault on one of his clients, a 19-year-old woman.

      Miguna appeared in court for trial on July 14, 2003, when he was rearrested and charged with further counts of sexual assault on another immigration client.

      The trial judge acquitted Miguna, ruling that the alleged victims’ evidence was partially contradictory and not strong enough (as so often happens in sexual assault cases) to sustain a secure conviction. The trial judge did not, however, rule that Miguna’s accusers had acted maliciously, nor that they had formed a conspiracy, nor that they had lied.

      Miguna reacted in a manner we have come to recognise – by suing everyone in sight. The defendants ranged from the Queen of England through the Canadian minister of justice, crown attorneys and the Toronto Police Board, to police officers involved in his arrest, for what a Canadian Appeal Judge called “a galaxy of reasons, some existent in law, and many not”.

      Miguna also sued a newspaper that had printed a police appeal asking anyone else who believed herself a victim of Miguna’s unwanted attentions to come forward.

      Miguna sought Canadian $17.5 million in damages, but he lost just about all, if not all, the more than 20 cases he launched, ending up having to pay out tens of thousands of Canadian dollars.

      Dismissing some of the cases, the Appeals Judge referred to Miguna’s “allegations based on assumptions and speculation” and said that Miguna could not “merely plead allegations that he believes may or may not be true”.

      Miguna was apparently operating in the realms of fantasy and speculative allegations even then. It seems to be a pattern.

      But now an opportunity to escape all that had presented itself. Miguna must have eyed his new acquaintance with Raila Odinga as the chance of a lifetime.

      Throughout the following year, while still in Canada, Miguna tried to cement this plan by bombarding Raila with unsolicited and unwanted advice.

      This is what Miguna now describes as having been a political strategist for Raila during the period. Knowing Raila, I doubt he ever even read those communications, or had time to give them any of his attention.

      Raila Odinga is a consummate political strategist. Why on earth would he need to depend on a man who had been out of the country for 20 years, having run away at the first hint of trouble in 1987 – at the same time as Raila Odinga and many others were undergoing the torturous conditions and life-threatening privations of Kamiti, Shimo la Tewa, Manyani and Naivasha maximum security prisons?

      Raila suffered many years of three separate detention periods and went into exile when a fourth threatened – but he stayed away only a few months, and then he returned to continue the fight for change. Unlike Raila, Miguna stayed away living a very comfortable life in a western nation for two decades, leaving it to genuinely committed others to fight the real battle for reforms.

      During 2006-2007, Miguna was also trying to raise his public profile prior to his return to Kenya by bombarding newspapers with his articles. Many people became dismissive. Miguna was not back in the country yet but he was already becoming a figure of fun, not taken seriously. It is sad, for an intelligent man. But he brought it on himself.

      Eventually, Miguna returned to Kenya, in September 2007, just in time for parliamentary nominations. He tried his luck in Nyando and failed miserably at the ODM nomination stage, gaining miserably few votes. Characteristically, he lost no time in instituting a court case.

      Miguna then threw himself into working hard to become a member of Mr Odinga’s inner circle, tagging on to the group of advisers around Mr Odinga, some of whom had been Mr Odinga’s close friends for decades.

      One thing that was not in question then was Miguna’s loyalty to Raila Odinga. But it became apparent that this was no ordinary loyalty. It seemed more of an unhealthy obsession. In fact, Miguna’s fervent declarations that he “loved” Raila Odinga eventually became somewhat embarrassing and worrying.

      Miguna vociferously defended Mr Odinga at every turn, including during the disputed 2007 election count, when Miguna was present at KICC – as a volunteer activist, like many others involved in the campaign. Because of his size, his attitude and his brashness, Miguna was always seen and heard. He was difficult to avoid.

      After the elections, Miguna was out of work for more than a year. The Prime Minister eventually agreed to take pity on Miguna, and offered him the post of ‘adviser on coalition affairs and joint secretary [with Kivutha Kibwana for PNU] to the committee on management of coalition affairs’.

      That was more than a year after the coalition government had been formed. It had taken that long for people to persuade the PM to employ Miguna. The PM remained very wary and uneasy about the idea (in hindsight, how wise his judgement was!) but he succumbed to persuasion from within his team.

      The deciding factor for everyone was Miguna’s apparently unbounded loyalty and his support for Mr Odinga’s championship of national reforms. Miguna’s legal history in Canada was presented in sanitised form, without mention of the charges against him, of which, in any case, he had been acquitted.

      What was not fully evident at the time was just how inappropriate Miguna’s behaviour in public life would become. His grotesquely swollen ego would cause endless problems within the Prime Minister’s office and among the coalition partners.

      His attitude gave rise to countless complaints from people who failed to find a way of forging a working relationship with Miguna, and who often finally had no option but to retreat in fear and dislike.

      One employee even went to the lengths of writing to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights because of treatment meted out by Miguna.

      He was, for example, though not yet employed in the Prime Minister’s office, present at coalition talks at Kilaguni in 2008.

      To the intense embarrassment of the Prime Minister and the distress of everyone else involved, Miguna took it upon himself (after rearranging the chairs to his satisfaction, as he writes in his book) to circulate an agenda that had not been agreed, and thus virtually singlehandedly drove the last nail into the coffin of the talks.

      No one could contain him. People who were present can attest to the severe public dressing-down Miguna got from the Prime Minister at the time. It was only one of many occasions on which the PM would similarly have to rebuke him.

      Of course, Miguna himself has put a different spin on this story, so that it does not reflect badly on him. Others who were present can tell a different tale.

      Miguna’s self-regarding behaviour again almost led to a diplomatic incident at a Rome Statute meeting in Kampala, where Miguna publicly contradicted the head of the Kenya team, former attorney-general Amos Wako, and also quarrelled with embassy staff there over the quality of his vehicle and his hotel room – which apparently was not superior enough for one of Miguna’s self-adjudged status.

      Afterwards, Kenya’s foreign minister was forced to report to the Prime Minister’s office that Miguna “lacked tact and could easily have attracted a fight had it not been for the extreme restraint by the AG and others”.

      Miguna Miguna has no brakes. He never knows when to stop. He is loud and large and pushy and intimidating. He is completely insensitive to other people’s reactions to him, and he appears unable to judge where situations require restraint and diplomacy.

      Miguna only understands one language – the language of confrontation. He has no idea what it takes to keep a vulnerable political arrangement in place. He would prefer to destroy everything around him, as he has come close to doing so many times, on the excuse of “principle”.

      This is not principle. Miguna thinks that shouting louder than everyone else and intimidating them shows “principle” in resolving issues. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

      Miguna has no understanding whatsoever of the diplomacy and political strategy involved in ensuring that this country has remained stable under a government of competing forces. If Miguna had been in charge of the coalition, it would have collapsed long ago, and that might well have seen our country on fire once again.

      It is not cowardice – one of his charges against Raila Odinga – that has achieved the comparatively smooth running of this very difficult arrangement. It is the wisdom to know when to insist, when to give way, when to bide time.

      Miguna’s lack of political wisdom, which in his case is replaced by the equivalent of bludgeoning people over the heads with an axe, is the reason he became a dangerous loose cannon and a terrible liability to both sides of the coalition arrangement.

      He arrogated to himself authority he did not have – and this is very evident in his prose. “I did this, I did that, I summoned people to a meeting” – and sometimes “we” did this or that.

      Who is this “we”? Miguna’s behaviour ensured he had no friends in the PM’s office or in other arms of government. He simply inserted his unneeded and unwanted presence everywhere, going completely beyond his mandate. He had none of the authority he assumed, nor any of the leadership skills that he pretends in his overblown writing.

      All that Miguna writes is evidence of his bloated sense of self. His overbearing behaviour was a serious embarrassment in every meeting he attended, as anyone who was present can attest to.

      He pushed himself in everywhere, and no one could negotiate in the face of his belligerence. He still doesn’t understand this. He appears constitutionally unable to.

      It might be appreciated from all this how very difficult it increasingly became to involve Miguna Miguna in any official duties, without feeling concern that some sudden eruption of frenzied fury on his part would jeopardise delicate negotiations.

      He was rude to his staff, rude to his colleagues, rude to his employer, rude to everyone in the coalition partnership and rude to everyone he wrote about with his poison pen in his regular Star newspaper column. It was exhausting for everyone having to cope with this on a daily basis.

      And contrary to his claims, Miguna did not write his Star column at the behest of the Prime Minister. It is a fact that Miguna eventually falls out with many of the people he encounters, and it is no surprise to know that, true to form, he has since fallen out with the Star management and no longer has a column in that newspaper.

      One of my journalistic colleagues has raised an interesting question: Did Miguna always seek to attract hatred towards Mr Odinga? Was that why he wrote the way he did in the Star, always stirring painful controversy and calumny against the PM?

      It is food for thought, especially in light of one of the most startling revelations to come out of Miguna’s book. He says people were jealous that, if Raila Odinga were not there, Miguna would be a contender for leadership of the Luo community.

      Was this what Miguna always had in his mind? Was he, in fact, a fifth-columnist? It would certainly explain a lot and is an intriguing proposition, one that bears further scrutiny.

      Back at the office, Miguna had also refused to sign the terms of his three-year contract, citing his lower remuneration than that of Kibwana, his opposite number in the coalition arrangement.

      Kibwana was vastly more experienced in government, including having been a Cabinet minister in more than one ministry as well as a university professor – details that Miguna apparently felt should not be taken into consideration. Miguna was thus on a month-to-month arrangement.

      The hostility between Miguna and Kibwana from day one meant that the two men met no more than twice. They could never agree on an agenda or the minutes of the two meetings they did attend. Miguna could no longer do his job.

      Miguna made a signboard that he erected on his office door: ‘Permanent Secretary’ it declared, among other things. Miguna was nowhere near the level of permanent secretary. He was junior in rank to the PS in the PM’s office, to the PM’s chief of staff and to others. Miguna operates from behind a dense cloud of self-delusion.

      He behaved as if he were in charge of everything, everywhere. From his book, if Miguna is to be believed, he was the prime mover, the chairman, the convenor, the secretary, the leader of every single department or committee touching the Prime Minister’s office. This is so far from the truth as to be completely ludicrous.

      A further problem arose. As anyone who has worked in government or the civil service knows very well, rumours, lies and backbiting are rife. People are constantly trying to bring others down.
      Miguna took everything he heard as being God’s honest truth.

      He was extremely gullible and he exploded loudly on a regular basis, derailing serious discussions to veer off into what became his familiar realms of fantasy.

      It is in this light that the PM’s tongue-in-cheek remark “Who told Luos not to make money?” should be read – sheer exasperation at Miguna bursting in yet again to disrupt the agenda of a government meeting with his latest baseless rumour.

      It was embarrassing because it was nonsensical. Miguna was often chasing ghosts, and this became a huge encumbrance to operations in the Prime Minister’s office.

      By 2011, Miguna had become an onerous liability for the Prime Minister and an overwhelming impediment to the smooth functioning of the PM’s office and to relations with other arms of government. Miguna’s consequent suspension on August 4 came as an enormous relief to many people.

      As for Raila Odinga, he remains the person he has always been – a committed and untiring fighter for justice for his compatriots. His love of his country is in the lifeblood that runs through his veins.

      Miguna has apparently said he detected that the Prime Minister once shed tears. Certainly, injustice can move Raila Odinga emotionally – and we say, thank God he is such a man.

      Thank God he is not a man like Miguna and some others in this country, whose hearts contain the cold-blooded vengeance that gives them the ruthlessness to destroy anyone who stands in their way.

      Leaving aside the PM’s eye condition – which causes his eyes to shed tears spontaneously, and for which he has so far had a number of operations, in both Kenya and Germany, without full resolution of the problem – Raila Odinga would be in good company if he wept for his nation and its lost opportunities.

      Winston Churchill has been described as the most tearful politician of all time. In his own diaries he noted how he would weep in both triumph and despair. Second only to him was Abraham Lincoln, who would weep with emotion even on hearing the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’.

      Dwight D Eisenhower wept publicly as he encouraged his troops before D-Day during World War II, George Washington wept at his own inauguration, General Colin Powell wept on Barrack Obama’s election, and Obama himself wept publicly when his grandmother died.

      These tears are signs of warmth, genuineness and humanity. They are tears that signify a true and unalloyed belief in something good, something beyond the selfish. Let us all thank God that these traits, and this kind of disposition, distinguish the person who will be our next president.

      Mr Miguna’s writings must be seen in their true light. It is the sad light of vengeance – a personal, blinding, hate-filled vengeance of a kind that appears to have characterised so much of Mr Miguna’s life, and which, in his spite and malice against the man who gave him the rarest of opportunities to serve his country, was his guiding spirit in writing this book.

      • Here we go: Mzee,

        I have had the fortune and misfortune of being on both sides of comrade Miguna’s battles. We fought together for decades and worked very closely during his time as the Adviser to the PM.

        I found Miguna pretty efficient and straight forward. Nobody can outwork Miguna. He is the opposite of your regular dude who is often late and never finishes assignments in time. Miguna is a work machine.

        Miguna is also principled sometimes to point of stubborn insanity. But he does such stuff when he believes them even if he is wrong.

        We had a big fight when Miguna came up with his book on Raila. I happened to have been home when the book was launched. In fact my friend OO came with a copy at our mutual friends house.

        My battle with Miguna over the book was that in some cases marketing the book was more important than sticking to facts. I particularly took issue with his innuendos that he has the evidence on ICC crimes on the ODM side.

        He had no such evidence and in fact if he had and was sitting on it that would have been itself a crime against humanity.

        But we fought that battle and went on our different ways. In fact that is how I quit Jukwaa. I didn’t see any problem with that.

        On the present matter, Miguna started very well. He actually believed that NRM was a way forward. He also showed he was ready to put his money where his mouth was. There were a whole lot of passengers in that NASA/NRM train.

        Then of course Uhuru went nuts which doesn’t surprise me. The real trouble with Uhuru is that once they make a mistake and are caught in the head lights they think they can just storm towards the light and problem solved. Uhuru has a way of digging himself down in holes even when it is time to stop digging.

        Uhuru and his little twits wanted Miguna to sign away his rights and then they can wipe out all the abuses. When Miguna refused they decided to go nuclear on him including pouring poison in his body. If this was there plan to save money and humiliate Miguna, the opposite happened.

        Miguna is now getting medical tests etc. What is Uhuru going to say when he sues. Ati ooh he was hiding his Canadian passport so we decided to put some poison in him to teach him a lesson. Talk about dumb and dumber.

        When people who actually love Uhuru and despite the likes of Raila like the Nation big guy Macharia Gaitho writes something like what follows you have a problem.

        https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/A-regime-that-breaks-the-law-is-a-bigger-threat-than-Miguna-/440808-4368778-n73l10z/index.html
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      • Adongo, Mzee and others

        There are three separate issues addressed above and I will handle them as separate issues although they are brought together as one because of Miguna himself.

        The first issue is Miguna’s personality which is largely exhibiting extreme intransigence as you say and pointed out by Mzee, and will not compromise once he’s taken a position. This is a blessing and good thing when on the same side of an issue, but really problematic when on the opposite side. Made worse if its a borderline issue that requires both sides to give some latitude. If its outright wrong or right its not a problem, but life gives us lots of grey areas.

        The 2nd issue is that of NRM – the movement NRM is okay but frankly I think we’ve had way too many movements and acronyms, the only consistent thing has been ODM and the individual political parties. Occasional mergers or associations have come and gone So I do not think any other movement, name and what not will bring any new political development. I think we should just stick to our parties and form associations as needed and break as needed. By now people pretty much know what party and ideology (if any) that they chose to support and we should work on strengthening the parties and the key leaders, note also that party leaders may not necessarily be the leading (most popular) political candidates or incumbent so its important to ensure better harmony in the parties and their elected leaders. Without Raila support and minus ODM support, NRM will go nowhere very fast. People jostling for positions in NRM including the self appointed general I think its all too premature, there is no real ideology defining NRM that is different from the past. As far as I see the only tangible defined thus far is belligerence. I agree we need to stand up to injustice and poor governance, and yes we need people with strong resolve, but we have heard lots of people who’ve worked with Miguna state that he will not listen to anybody else. Quite honestly you cannot run any public office with that kind of mindset unless you intend to be a dictator/despot, and there are those of us who will not support the installation of such a person or system.

        The 3rd issue which is huge is the treatment of Miguna a citizen of Kenya by birth, and the horror that has played out. Besides completely abusing his human rights, the state agents deliberately flouted court orders and completely behaved as being above the law. Anarchy is dangerous when perpetuated by the state. Already citizens believe laws only apply to the poor. Sooner or later everyone will begin to flout the law and what will follow may be irreversible. Such abuse of office would result in resignation of heads of the organisations involved but this is Kenya where such are decorated. Unfortunately people are latching on to Miguna’s personality as the issue here, but frankly I think if the police were unable to produce Miguna in court, they should have argued their case in court and if necessary provide or ask for time to provide him with travel Kenyan documents that he could use in the interim as directed by the court. Why they are determined to produce him to the courts as a Canadian citizen is a little baffling.

        In the meantime while we are feasting on this fiasco, the economic plunder continues with new euro-bond to pay the old, more SGR loans, an incredible coal plant approved by a country that was touting nuclear plant in the next 20 years. All these will be paid for by the taxpayer and no one at the top will be held accountable. What a sorry mess the colonials left us.

        The day Kenya gets a truly just and committed/dedicated leader he will find such a hostile environment he will either need to resign or will be forced out by the jackals

  4. I Have waited for a couple of days to hear details of the meeting in vain.
    I conclude therefore, that there was none. Its a make us we go along thing.
    Secondly, if there was some deal between the two leaders, Uhuru and Raila then they must work on it, just the two of them. I dont see this thing bearing any fruits if political parties and involved. All hell will break loose and a conversation that would have taken 10 days will take 100 days for that the nature of our politics. My gut feeling is that we are back to square one.

    • Mzee

      There is a lot of confusion and speculation about this meeting. Clearly its a chess game where although the first moves have been made, there is no clear indication what the end game/plan is.

      What riles everyone is the sacrifices made (mostly deaths and other victims of police brutality as well as those who were victimised to make electoral fraud happen) are not yet atoned for and while most were ready to go the whole way, this really puts a damper in the process.

      Regardless the first question(s) that needs to be answered is why did events turn around into this so called reconciliation? who benefits from it? who was going to lose most? what is the timing?

      Then we need to answer who in the long term benefits? who benefits the most, and who will lose the most from this turn of events.

      And then lastly but most important where is the money in these events because that is a major driver for these twists and turns

      • Mzee and others,

        Did I ever get into a whole lot of trouble about this Raila/Uhuru pact. It was from none other than my son who basically told me this is plain rubbish. He was home with me during the elections and he has no doubts in his mind we need big time changes.

        He is a 20 year old young man with a bunch of crazy college student cousins at home and he loves them to death and he things we are selling out the future of the republic with this pact.

        I realized any attempts to “explain” things to him and telling him this is different from the pact with Kibaki was pretty much a waste of time.

        Then today I saw this from Dr. Ndii:

        https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Ndii-praises-Uhuru-Raila-deal/1056-4340522-15mfyjm/index.html

        Then I thought may be something good will come out of this. To be honest I had no clue something like this was being cooked. This must have been top secret.

        But the agenda looks reasonable given the options. The real problem is will it ever be implemented. And what happens if it is not. In Kenyan politics we live with one motto: Namely everything can be screwed up will be screwed up. That doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence does it.

        Well ears on the ground for now. I am going to poke my nose into this big time. You will be briefed. Oh dear.

      • Folks,

        Further to my comments about this perplexing Raila/Uhuru national reconciliation initiative I have just two things to say as I struggle to get to get a hold of the inside friends who can tell us what the heck is going on.

        1. Is that as I said my toughest opponent in even suggesting that this could be a necessary turn to move the country forward has been my son. He is just getting close to 21 years of age and was a live witness to mayhem and murder that took place after the August 8, elections.

        The young man cannot tolerate the fact that people many younger than him including children were just being shot dead and that was it. So he thinks the deal is bogus because it does not address the killings.

        So asked him specifically what he thinks about justice for those killed before we head back home which is soon and his answer was astonishing and very disturbing.

        This is what he said.

        There was never going to be justice for them. There is never justice for those killed by the government. Everybody knows that.” It frightens me to listen to those words.

        2. I have now had the time to read to the joint statement. The first thing that came to my mind was who the heck wrote this thing. It is a pretty profound document. Somebody put a lot of thinking in that document.

        It is commendable and of course vague. We are going to dissect it ruthlessly. But first we need to gather as much info as we can about what is the head and feet of all these.

      • Adongo

        I do not see the handshake deal lasting more than a few months. The mindsets of Jubilee remain the same. That of ODM and / or NASA supporters remain the same. The only clear thing here is that NASA is on the verge of a major split where the 2022 hopefuls are angling for the Odinga support base vs the ODM party.

        Interestingly betrayal is being bandied around by the masters of betrayal. Mudavadi betrayed the opposition in the so called “mademoni fiasco”, not forgeting his short-lived VP post earlier on. Ditto Weta, ditto Kalonzo. I am not excusing Raila on this, but just noting that his accusers have absolutely no worthy standard to quote.

        However, there is no real specifics on this deal. I agree the speeches are loaded, but we know UhuRuto have been doing monumental speeches since 2008 with zero substance so this is no different. Lets just say that the speechwriters are world class.

        On the ground, corruption continues, roads still flood, power cuts still on, phantom Eurobond and other funded projects still continue, white elephant “flagship” projects still being manufactured, massive public fund looting continues unabated. Poor and so called middle class Kenyans still struggling for basics

        This deal will not last more than a few months and then new political alliances will emerge with even more stranger acronyms – suffice to say NASA is on its deathbed and we should expect to see some new political alliances. Will be interested to see what item or aspect will be used to glue them together i.e tribe, economics, marginalisation, oppulence, cartels, terrorism and what not or their opposition. Kenyans are not short of imagination.

    • Here we go

      Admin,

      That is a pretty solid analysis of the situation and the three components of the issue at hand.

      I will address the last component which is the horrendous abuse of Miguna by Uhuru and his criminal state officials.

      Here is Matiang’i statement in parliament which is the only safe place left for them:

      https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/04/03/miguna-was-never-in-police-custody-was-not-deported-matiangi_c1740030

      Here are the issues.

      First Matiang’i does not seem to realize that as of right now he and his two partners working for Uhuru are convicted criminals. Yesterday I read one of the internet lazies saying ooh they were only fined Kshs 200,000.00. Well they were fined because they were convicted criminals.

      Matiang’i and his friends with Uhuru seem to think that they can dodge around the courts including the conviction of crime by lying more and more to Kenyans. Nope that won’t work.

      One good thing of fighting Uhuru is that you put him in a little whole and he will dig himself to the bottom of the sea all by himself with the help of his incompetents. That’s grand.

      When Matiang’i and the Uhuru convicted state officials say Miguna was never in Kenya and they had no contact with him and just heard that he had been returned to the port of origin they are rubbing salt in their own wounds. That is a very stupid thing to do.

      There are endless pictures of Miguna at the airport being roughed up by Kenyan police and security officers. There were 400 police officers at the airport handling Miguna and the media folks. Who do these police work for?

      Matiang’i says he does not know if Miguna was drugged or poisoned. If they wanted to hide that fact they should never have let Miguna leave the airport. Miguna is now here in Toronto Canada getting medical attention and they are doing all tests you can imagine.

      Miguna will leave the hospital with credible medical reports that will prove without a doubt that he was poisoned by Kenyan government officials. That is an international crime and this fools could make it worse by saying they don’t know who committed it. JKIA is Kenya’s airport for the love of god.

      The only way the government can dispute that is by claiming some terrorists kidnapped Miguna at the airport, poisoned him and took him to the Emirates Airline to Dubai. Even my mother’s cat wouldn’t take that seriously.

      There is overwhelming evidence that the Kenyan government were involved in every aspect of the abuse, torture of forced deportation of Miguna.

      Even the Emirates Airline officials have testified to that when they said they were not allowed to leave the airport without Miguna. In any event unless the Kenyan government wants to claim that the Emirates Airline works with some terrorists at the JKIA they shouldn’t even try this nonsensical line of argument.

      In essence the more the convicted criminals open their mouths the more they implicate themselves and vindicate Miguna.

      Finally the convicts have forgotten that their main battle is in court which they are terrified of. Now they are trying ask the JSC to discipline the judiciary. Uhuru may have to declare a state of emergency for that to happen. It will not happen.

      Miguna can also file his case against the government right from here in Toronto. I did the exact same thing. He doesn’t have to be in Kenya to file to do it. That is where this matter is headed and probably some parts of it will find its way all the way to the Supreme Court.
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  5. Im basically confused and many other Kenyans.
    Probably because no one knows what the details of the meeting are.
    Secondly, we have had such meetings before that have resulted in nothing.

    • Admin, I agree. The issues on the ground are too serious to be resolved by handshakes however firm.

      1. We need serious and genuine electoral reforms. This could be achieved if someone like Raila avoids the temptation to be given some token position like PM.
      2.The country is running broke because theft of public funds now is in the billion rage per theft. There was a time politicians and their allies stole in millions. Not any more today theft is in the billion. If this initiative was to come up with honest and genuine moves to stop corruption they could get a huge amount of support from Kenyans.

      3. Deal with real problems. Healthcare in Kenya is sick. But our solutions are like those doctors in KNH who cut off the head of the guy with no brain tumour and forgot the guy with the tumour. That is how our health care is. The money is with Uhuru and the governors are facing strike after strike.

      If these amigos could come up with a united front on how to tackle healthcare in Kenya they would be on to something and Kenyans including the NASA leaders as a group should support that instead of looking for jobs.

      4. Deal with the issue of state violence against Kenyans. Right off the bat there should have been a plan to compensate the victims of the most recent police violence. They are going to win it in court like we are doing right now but what is the problems with being proactive and dealing with it upfront. That would get peoples’ attention for good reasons.

      5. Deal with economic disparity. That could mean jigging the devolution system and stopping endless squabbles for money. Find a way to let the counties be real centres of economic development instead of centres of massive theft and waste.

      6. If it was up to me I would say abolish the senate even if it means going for another referendum. The senate is the single most useless institution in our country today. Put on the chopping block and Kenyans would be willing to kill it.

      Now any chance that any of these very timid changes would be made is a big zero. That is the scary part.

      • Before we dive into the deep issues Adongo mentions above, lets review the political quagmire

        The swearing ceremony appears to have been the tipping point for the NASA coalition, and in it we observed some very courageous leaders and supporters, and on the other hand we saw some cowardly leaders who could not even craft a single solid excuse for the absence.

        In effect, that single event literally separated the men from the boys. It is interesting to see how it panned out with RAO, Ndii, Miguna, + the steadfast ODM brigade on one hand braving the odds and turning up with no fear, while the co principals and their teams stayed away. You can take your pick from the numerous excuses conjured up.

        The next milestone in this (perhaps perilous) journey is the handshake. This time Miguna although a key figure in the NRM and peoples assemblies alongside Ndii distances from this process and finds himself in the company of the co-principals whom he had castigated for cowardice. Naturally this cannot form any comprehensible alliance.

        From where I stand, it appears that high level chess game was played here. I think either one or both Uhuru and Raila were coerced by a combination of factors and players into making this handshake happen. Notably, there is no real tangible action path to achieve what they describe in their joint statement. The most interesting aspect however is that every single Jubilee supporter is on board and all are heaping “praise” on Raila, even sly snakes like Mutahi Ngunyi, Moses Kuria and other toxic characters. All very well choreographed. Now we know there is no way everyone can be on board without a lot of prior behind closed door engagement. They like to call this a “high stakes” game meaning that conceding a little ground will have them achieve whatever mischief it is they are about to introduce. Unless the entire machinery is going to be overhauled am inclined to believe that a major heist is happening and it will be revealed sooner rather than later.

        So in my view this is a tip of the iceberg, something sinister is brewing behind the scenes and as usual, the general public has been tossed a bone far away from the action to give them a semblance of belonging and being well fed, while the real action is taking place elsewhere.

        I would caution all ODM supporters to proceed with utmost caution and I would request Adongo when you get in touch with your folks on the ground to similarly express such concern. This to me sounds like a huge mouse trap.

        Now back to the real issues on hand, the economy is on a free fall, it does not matter how many Eurobonds we get, how many Chinese “loans” etc. The bottomless pit that is recurrent expenditure and the phantom development and infrastructure projects are on a no holds barred feeding frenzy. The corruption cartels are now insatiable and can no longer control their gluttony and its there in plain sight. No more shame in the stealing its all done both legally and otherwise and out in the open. No one even asks anymore “mta do?”

        Meanwhile alliances are being forged now for the 2022 mock elections which will simply be another pre determined fiasco

        Back to politics, Miguna was certainly re-enter with NRM but if he is still coming in with the same mindset then I can guarantee he will be the Kenyan eddition of Malema and his EFF party.

        Meanwhile I think we need to start paying attention to the Edward Sifuna, David Ndii, Joho and other ODM lieutenants. This is where the next battlefront lies. Remember we’ve seen Ababu, and others before that. It takes real steel in the heart to stand firm against a rogue government.

        —-

        From the foregoing its very clear that what we wished on our rivals has instead turned around and is kicking our collective butt. i.e while we wished and prayed for Jubilee to implode, instead its NASA that is imploding spectacularly. Whatever the reason is immaterial, what we have is a horror movie playing out in slow motion as the principals disintegrate and the support base turn inwards and breed hate as those who support any one particular principal. By contrast Jubilee although quickly cobbled up, appears more stronger and united. Its a simple game, whereas NASA had attempted to forge lofty ideals and what not, but with members with dodgy backgrounds or convictions, Jubilee simply is a machine created to loot and get leverage of public posts, positions, institutions and what not.

        The best part however is how long we allowed the charade that a parallel government was possible yet clearly there is a legacy more important than the struggle against injustice

        Supporters were ready to die to the last man, but those with the keys had no intention of going all the way and instead kept us going on empty promises, hot air and fancy acronyms.

        There are many trying to pick up the pieces and move on, convincing themselves that the move they are making is the right one, but cant help but note that its not easy to get a Kenyan to admit that we’ve been seriously duped

        At no time do we ever have all the facts, and even now, we have no idea why the handshake with Raila, yet we all know that its really the other co principals that stand to gain the most from a handshake and who have been always ready to jump ship and bail. But then this is Kenya where everything is upside down, police report crimes, journalists investigate crime, leaders and people with responsibility to act throw hands in the air and claim it starts with the citizen, the rich steal from the poor, and the list goes on.

      • So here is a brief insight on what Raila placed as conditions, honestly so far, I see nothing in there but talk,

        https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001273496/revealed-raila-sheds-light-on-secrecy-of-talks-with-uhuru

        There is absolutely nothing for NASA to gain in there , just the same old tired and empty promises while the other side loots and closes in on all public posts and appointments. For Raila to say that Uhuru “means good” is such a big joke I cannot even bring myself to laugh, I mean come on are we still in kindergarten? We don’t care whether he means good or not, institutions are rotten to the core, littered with his cronies, tribesmates and what not, looting and pushing the well known hegemony. That is not going to change ever. pure BS

        However, perhaps this little article here has a little more significance

        https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001273538/icc-assigns-three-judges-to-collapsed-uhuru-ruto-cases

        Now this could drive someone to a negotiation table

      • Admin and Friends

        I finally managed to communicate with our good friend Oduor. I told him people are very concerned that this whole thing is a con job. The first issue is what is in it for Uhuru? Why does Uhuru need this handshake reconciliation.

        Secondly we are going to outline very specific things in terms of the economy. There has to be real tangible initiatives.

        I will give one interesting example. I was talking to my nephew who basically runs our home. Me and him bought a used farm tractor a few days ago in Kericho. So we were talking about how we use the equipment.

        Mainly it is farming work but in our case we also bought trailer that can be used to transport stuff with the tractor. It is a very good investment if you get a good tractor. In the process of talking the young man tells me he is planting a lot of sorghum. So I asked him what the heck do you to do with sorghum and millet those are ancient crops.

        The thing that made me buy the tractor is that every time I am planning anything we have to look for farm tractors. In Bondo you sign up and wait because there are not that many. It costs Kshs 3,500.00 per acre and you can do up to 10 acres in a day. I said to myself I would not make that kind of money even if I work in Canada to 100 years.

        Now for the sorghum I wanted to know why this is becoming a big deal in many parts of Kenya today.

        Then the guy tells me it is the new gold in dry areas like Nyanza and Kitui. The East African Malts Limited with the brewing world need these crops to make beer and they are cheaper than imported barley. You plant this stuff and they come to pick it up. It is very good money.

        A few years ago the government wanted to encourage the growth of this of this ancient pombe input so they gave a tax break to the manufacturers. Beer from sorghum is not taxed and this is encouraging the brewers to go for it.

        This is a big deal because everybody in many places in Nyanza are growing maize and beans and they get nothing out of it. They have done the same thing for hundreds of years.

        Imagine we can transform some of these areas of growing this sorghum etc as a cash crop. They will have a ready market and this is the one crop that can thrive in these areas.

        You are killing two or may be three birds with one stone. Farmers get money and we get to use the land which often annoyingly just stay idle because there is only so much beans you can plant.

        So if we can mobilize resources to enable people to invest in some serious sorghum farming and even semi-processing then we are talking. It starts with the availability of capital farms, then crops and farm equipments and you are in business.

        Mix it up with dairy farming so the cattle can eat the crop stocks etc. Many people in Nyanza do not even contemplate dairy farming because they think you need to be in those super cold places. You don’t. You only need water.

        And guess who the biggest sorghum farmers are in Bondo. Oburu has about 70 acres. The governor Mr. Rasanga does did some 300 acres. (People are renting or leasing land around the lake). These people can smell money across the lake. How about if every other small farmer had some 2-3 acres of this crop.

        So prospects for commercial farming including cage fish farming, food processing like turning unga into bread (building bakeries) and other ventures like in construction. The biggest growth industry in Kenya today is construction. Everybody is building something.

        You go to any of those small towns and busiest and biggest investments are hardware stores. My concept in creating economic opportunities is to figure our who we can add value to stuff.

        Take wood and turn it into furniture. You make money. The problem we have in that country is that everybody is a retailer in some shop or in the street corner. We are selling cheap Chinese crap and producing nothing. That is the surest way of getting nowhere in a hurry.

      • Adongo

        Latest development is that Miguna was drugged/sedated and forcefully place on the Emirates flight to Dubai.

        Court orders to present Miguna were blatantly flouted and ignored by the IG, CS and Immigration boss.

        I told you before and I repeat it, there is only one solution here, secede or else its going to be an armed, violent and long drawn resistance battle/revolution. This talk on these cyber streets is achieving nothing

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