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



First is the joint statement


Building bridges to a new Kenyan nation


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



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.


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.


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.


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


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.







11 comments on “Statemanship or Sinking the Ship

  1. 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:

        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.

  2. 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,

        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

        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.

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