CPK Declaration On Kenyan Workers Day May 1, 2019.

COMMUNIST PARTY OF KENYA (CPK) MAY DAY MESSAGE

The CPK salutes you the workers and working classes of Kenya as you celebrate May Day. Workers and your class allies, who include the peasants, have always been in the forefront in the production of material wealth in Kenya as elsewhere in the World.

Here is Comrade Mwandawiro.

May Day was brought about by the bloody struggle and sacrifices of the exploited and oppressed workers against the capitalists.

The day therefore reminds you that all the gains that the workers and oppressed have achieved hitherto in bettering their wages and working conditions have been brought about not by the sympathies of the employers and their governments but by consistent united struggle of the forces of change and progress – the workers and their class allies.

No capitalist anywhere in the world has ever bettered the condition of his or her workers without being forced to do so by the united struggle of his/her employees.

So as we celebrate May Day, we join Karl Marx, the founder of scientific communism to reiterate the message: Kenyan workers wherever you are, unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains! Refuse to be divided along ethnic, race, sex or age lines! Come together in the common struggle of demanding better living wages and better working conditions.

Join trade unions and strengthen them by ensuring that they are led by true, honest and accountable leaders who do not betray workers’ interests through conspiring with employees for selfish interests!

Remove traitors out of your trade unions even while you strengthen unity within them! Trade union leaders demand that no employer should violate the constitutional right of all workers of Kenya to form, join and belong to a trade union of his/her trade or choice!

Politically, you workers have always been in the frontline of the struggle for progressive change in Kenya. Workers and your allies the peasants, led the struggle for Kenya’s national liberation from British colonialism.

You were also in the forefront in struggle for multiparty democracy, the Kenyan Constitution and progressive political reforms. However, your lives and living conditions have hardly changed for the better.

You are still paid slave wages and work under slave like conditions. Your rights are trampled underfoot by your employers and the State with impunity.

You and your families live in poor dwellings or slums in both urban and rural areas. You live a hard life of poverty, ignorance, hunger and want.

When you and your families fall sick, you die of curable diseases as you cannot afford medicine or adequate health care. Your children are made to inherit the cycle of poverty, suffering and underdevelopment as you cannot afford to offer them the good education which has been made inaccessible to the children of the classes of the poor.

Yet you work hard every day. The country has also enough resources and wealth to ensure that all Kenyans realise the economic and social rights outlined in article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya.

The problem is that the ruling class together with their national and county parliaments, political parties and State institutions continue to contradict, with impunity, the Constitution of Kenya, particularly article 10 by imposing the capitalist system upon the workers, the working class and the majority of Kenyans

Capitalism is the system whose ideology and economic arrangements are based on private property and exploitation of person by person.

That is why the capitalist regime is privatizing everything public – water ports, airports, sugar companies and industries and other government parastatals and giving them to the rich.

The best social services too, schools, universities, colleges, health and recreational facilities, etc. are private and therefore are inaccessible to most workers.

The capitalist class and ideologues in power do not care that privatisation causes you workers to lose jobs, increase poverty and widen the gap between the majority poor and the few rich.

Capitalism is the system that always favours the few against the majority. It is the mother of social inequality, exploitation and corruption.

It breeds poverty, unemployment, greed, violence, crime, landlessness and many social evils and problems. It also creates the conditions of recolonization of our country through unfavourable and unsustainable foreign debts and investments.

It is for these reasons that in the struggle for the Kenyan Constitution, you the workers, and the majority of Kenyans wanted to remove the capitalist system and to replace it with the socialist system based on class equality and social justice and progress.

In fact – read it – the spirit of the Kenyan Constitution is that of creating the socialist system that creates conditions of ensuring that all Kenyans participate in the political, economic, social and cultural life and accrue and share benefits thereof in order to nurture a just, progressive and humane society.

Yes, moving towards socialism is the desire of the majority of Kenyans which they put in the Constitution but that has been betrayed by the ruling class.

In summary, CPK’s message to the Kenyan workers and working class in this May of 2019 is:
Continue strengthening your trade unions and fighting for better and better wages and working conditions for workers. But never forget that you workers are part and parcel of Kenyan society.

Furthermore, you will never achieve freedom and liberation under the capitalist system but utmost only reforms that makes your suffering under the system less painful. True freedom and liberation of the workers, working class and the masses of Kenyans will follow after the removal of the capitalist system and the establishment of the socialist system.

You Kenyan workers must be in the forefront of the political struggle of liberating the whole of Kenyan society from capitalism. In this political struggle you workers must search for and find your true allies.

Throughout the World the true political allies of the political struggle of workers and progressive trade unions are communist parties. In Kenya your true ally in the struggle for true freedom and liberation – socialism – is the Communist Party of Kenya (CPK). In this May Day of 2019 we urge all the Kenya workers to join and support CPK for it is the workers political party.

Long live May Day!
Long live trade unions in Kenya!
Long live Kenyan worker’s political struggles!
Long live socialism and communism!
Long live CPK!

Mwandawiro Mghanga, National Chairperson of CPK

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Uhuru’s Kshs 10 billion Reconciliation Pot Of Money Is An Insult To Kenyans.

I expect all sorts of mischief and foolishness from Uhuru and his government but this was just absurd and truly insulting to all Kenyans.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-04-04-pass-sh10b-fund-for-historical-injustices-uhuru-tells-mps/

Uhuru is asking parliament to pass a Kshs. 10 billion pot of money to address historical injustices. Uhuru intends to use this money to promote their “Building Bridges” initiative to reconcile communities.

According to Uhuru this money will be used to build some structures to bring communities together. I don’t know what these structures will be but may be some “parks for peace” and nonsense like that.

Uhuru says he will use the money to build “Heritage Sites”.  Oh dear.

Apparently people will visit these places to be reminded that we all need to live as one community of many communities.

This move according to Uhuru will help Kenyans reconcile with the electoral violence that has been part of the Kenyan political landscape for decades.

It will help us deal with the horrors of Moi tortures and murders. May be it will help with healing the wounds of those whose lands has been robbed by those in power.

This will be a one cure all slum dunk against historical injustices in Kenya.

So why is this insulting?

For one thing it is plain dumb and stupid. It is embarrassing to anybody’s common sense about our country.

Now for starters there are actually hundreds if not thousands of Kenyans who have successfully filed cases against the Kenyan government for abuse of their fundamental rights as human beings including torture and the Nyayo House Torture Chambers, unlawful detention and imprisonment up to and including murder in police hands.

Just a month ago. Two good friends of mine, Prof. Edward Oyugi and Prof. Kamoji Waachira were awarded Kshs 34 million each for the abuse and torture they suffered in the hands on Kenyan government officials.

I talked with Prof. Kamoji who now lives in the US and he told me they are now fighting to get the money paid.

I told him it will take something between 5-10 years to get paid if ever. In fact the general thinking is that once you get awarded any compensation the government basically waits hoping you die sooner than later. Those who refuse to do so must wait. And then wait some more.

I got my compensation for the same abuses in 2013 when Justice Isaac Lenaola ruled that the government of Kenya violated my fundamental rights and thus owed me a compensation.

I am still fighting to get full payment. We forced our way to get some payment in  May 2018 and my lawyer was in court again this week on April 2, 2019 still fighting to get the balance paid.

We were told the ministry of Interior which is supposed to pay us is waiting for the money. It was supposed to have been there by end of March 2019.

Now they have until June 15, 2019 to come back to court. And this simple battle for payment (forget the real battles) started in December 2013 when the High Court ruled I was entitled to compensation for torture and abuse by my government.

I will know next about this on June 15, 2019.

Just a few days ago Koigi Wamwere probably one of the most frequently detained and jailed political activist in our country put his case to the public saying that himself and some of his colleagues were owed Kshs 154 million. He asked Uhuru to pay them.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/columnists/2019-01-19-koigi-state-should-pay-torture-victims-retirees-their-compensation-now/

Prof. Githu Muigai before leaving office, told Kenyans that the total amount of money owed to victims of torture based on cases already decided was more than Kshs 1 billion.

If Uhuru really wants the country to deal with our history of abuse of human rights, for the love of god, please pay the victims of torture who have already gone to court and won their cases.

Their names are at the Register’s Office and with the PS of Interior and National Government Mr. Karanja Kibichio.

Pay these citizens what they are owed by the government that tortured them and so many other citizens of our country and then we can start further talks on National Reconciliation and building a healthy social fabric for an inclusive nation called Kenya.

In fact the better would be if Uhuru and his government would address the whole issue directly with the victims and survivors of this horror show without waiting for them to go to court.

A whole population of these victims and survivors have never gone to court. They are trying to survive the best way they can now. They have no time for the long court drama.

Uhuru is doing everything in his power holding court rulings in contempt by refusing to pay victims of abuse by the state who have gone to court and obtained rulings for compensation and now he wants to come up with some fake reconciliation plot to collect Kshs 10 billion to do some imaginary structures.

Kenyans have to say NO to this. And we still support the Handshake.

Of course they are going to spend the money on their own things and build a toilet of reconciliation for us in Uhuru park. So we can cry for reconciliation in there. We can’t wait. Or can we?

Then we have the much hyped Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) which produced its report dealing with historical injustices and recommended ways to address them. Uhuru has refused even to send that report to parliament as required by law so it can be discussed and acted on. That report is rotting somewhere in the State House.

Here is the Nyayo House Story as we wrote it.

https://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/kenia/01828.pdf

Secondly, how can Uhuru even utter the words reconciliation and historical injustices when he is hiding the TJRC report from Kenyans precisely because he and his friends in power are afraid of the revelations of those very historical abuses and injustices of which his family is a big part.

If Uhuru really wants us to deal with historical injustices, he should first and foremost release the TJRC report to Parliament and to the Kenyan public. Let us discuss it come with strategies to address the recommendations. If that is not going to happen don’t talk to us about historical injustices.

More urgently and even more pronounced are the victims of 2007/8 post election violence and the victims and survivors of the 2017 electoral violence.

I was in Kenya in the last election and it was just horrifying to see everyday images of people being brutalized in Nairobi and Kisumu particularly. We show little kids shot and killed right in their homes.

We had kids in kindergartens being tear gassed and brutalized. This is public information known to the Uhuru government. Is President Uhuru ready and willing to address these specific issues? When?

The nation is waiting. On a daily basis. We all love our country. Always.

On the issue of forgiveness what happened to Baby Pendo? What about her? Nothing? This is how the violent 2017 elections went down.

Who is responsible for this, Mr. President.

https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/kisumu/Baby-Pendo-death-inquest-/1954182-4981582-119gl3i/index.html

Of course the generalized violence committed by the Kenyan police and security agents during the last election was horrific. It was a shoot to kill operation and the police were given full immunity by Uhuru and his government. Matiang’i was Uhuru gunman at that time.

By the way does anybody remember Chris Msando, the IEBC ICT Chief murdered in cold blood just before the elections in 2017.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/kenyan-election-official-christopher-msando-dead-before-national-voteBaby

What happened to the frenzy of investigations about his murder. Now he is all forgotten by both handshakers. Talk about injustice and reconciliation.

Now Uhuru is telling all those victims of two cycles of mass violence against Kenyans by the Kenyan police and security agents sent by Kibaki and then Uhuru himself to just forget that and go visit whatever structures and they will be healed.

Please Mr. President get real for once.

And Raila of all people with his handshake business will have to face us and tell us if he supports this convoluted piece of confusion.

Yes Kenyans need and are already investing and undertaking significant steps into national harmony of the citizenry even when some political leaders and parasites are rolling out bad pages of the past like the tribal violence in 2007/8.

That thing just must never happen again in our country. Ever. There are no other options. To that extent I am very supportive of the Handshake and Bridge Building Initiatives.

I fully support to effort to build our roots as Kenyans first regardless of anything else. I mean we only have only one country. Right?

But this Heritage Site fund is just a bad idea.

 

 

 

By adongoogony Posted in kenya

Governor Lenolkulal slapped with a cash bail of 100M KES

Probably judges having started taking note of the peoples cry on low bail amounts.

People having been stealing billions but being slapped with fines of hundreds of thousands.

But this judge has done the right thing and slapped this governor with 100M cash bail or two sureties of 150M each.

 


amburu Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal was yesterday slapped with a cash bail of Sh100 million — the highest ever in the country — after denying Sh84 million corruption charges before a Nairobi court.

Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti raised the bar in the war on graft by ordering Mr Lenolkulal to deposit the hefty amount to secure his release. The court gave him an option of depositing a bond of Sh150 million plus one surety of the same amount.

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In addition to the bail terms, Mr Lenolkulal was ordered not to access the Samburu County government offices in Maralal pending the hearing and determination of an application to be filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The DPP, through senior assistant DPP Alexander Muteti, pleaded with the court to bar Mr Lenolkulal from accessing his offices for 24 months. He argued that the governor can interfere with witnesses, saying he can execute his duties from elsewhere.

The application was opposed by Mr Paul Nyamodi, who represented the governor, who argued that the DPP should make a formal application and give them time to respond.

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The governor’s lawyers said they will file an application before the High Court for bail consideration.

The court also ruled that the director of Integrated Financial Management System (Ifmis) should deny Mr Lenolkulal and 12 other county officials access to the system. He said this would safeguard public funds.

“Since the Samburu County offices is the alleged crime scene, the accused person is prohibited from accessing them until the formal application by the prosecution is heard and determined,” Mr Ogoti said.

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Some 13 other accused persons, who face similar charges, were not in court and were ordered to present themselves before the magistrate on April 4, for plea-taking.

They include Deputy Governor Julius Leseeto, Mr Stephen Letinina (County Secretary), Mr Daniel Nakuo, Ms Josephine Lenasalia, Mr Reuben Marumben, Mr Milton Lenolngenje, Mr Paul Lolmingani, Mr Bernard Lesurmat, Ms Lilian Balanga, Mr Andrew Lopilo, Mr David Loosenge, (county chief officers) and head of Supply Chain Geoffrey Kitewan. Also facing charges is Mr Hesbon Wachira.

It is alleged that they committed the offences between March 27, 2013 and March 25, 2019 at Maralal town.

The court heard that they conspired to commit the offence of corruption, which led to unlawful payment of Sh84,695,996 to Mr Lenolkulal through a petrol station known as Oryx Service Station.

Mr Lenolkulal and Mr Wachira face another count of unlawful acquisition of the Sh84.6 million from the county government.

The governor faced an additional charge of abuse office by allegedly conferring a benefit to himself by paying his company the said amount.

He is further accused of conflict of interest where he is alleged to have knowingly acquired a direct private interest by supplying fuel to the county government through his petrol station.

The pre-trial of the case will be held on April 29.

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Governor-Kasaine-denies-graft-charges/1056-5053342-2o2nxw/index.html

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It Is Not Corruption. It is a Crime Against Humanity. Dr. Ndii on Jubillee Mass Theft.

DAVID NDII ON THE JUBILEE MONSTER OF CORRUPTION.

The Dam Has Broken. Time to Call Jubilee Plunder What It Is.

To budget anything from a quarter to a third of the country’s annual GDP for stealing — to then borrow it, steal it, feign outrage, compromise parliament, and diffuse public anger with ineffectual corruption investigations, again and again and again – defies
corruption. It is a crime against humanity.

Published 1 day ago on March 18,
2019 By Dr. Ndii.

The debut of this column in the E Review grappled with the Jubilee administration’s profligate spending.

As it happens, dams were one of the big red flags that popped up. Records show that during its first term, the Jubilee administration spent upwards of KSh 160 billion on water and irrigation projects.

These Arror and Kimwarer dams are costed at KSh 51 billion — let us say KSh 26 billion on average. The KSh 160 billion spent works out to at least six of these dams completed, or alternatively at least double that number under construction.

And KSh 26 billion is a huge amount of money for a dam. Thika Dam, commonly known as Ndaka-ini, our biggest reservoir for drinking water to date, cost US$80 million in the early `90s, equivalent of US$140m (i.e. adjusted for dollar inflation) or KSh 14 billion today.

These dam budgets are telling us that the cost of building dams has doubled in dollar terms, or that we are building infinitely grander dams. Neither is the case. We now know for sure that there were no dams built. This mindless plunder is replicated in virtually every sector.

The budget records show KSh 280 billion on power transmission lines, enough for 6,000 kilometres of 400 Kv lines (based on the cost of Marsabit-Suswa line), but information posted by KETRACO, the agency responsible for building them, shows only 2800 km of lines under construction, whose total cost is at most KSh 100 billion.

We are talking KSh 180 billion missing, an amount, I should add, of the same order of magnitude as the Eurobond money that the Auditor General could not find.

Overall, records show that KSh 2.5 trillion went through the development budget during Jubilee’s first term.

The biggest ticket item here is the SGR railway which cost KSh 350 billion. The remaining KSh 2.15 trillion works out to KSh 45 billion worth of development projects per county.

The money available to county governments over the same period would have enabled expenditure on average of KSh 6 billion on development projects. In effect, we should be seeing six times more national government development projects in each county as county government ones.

We now know for sure that there were no dams built. This mindless plunder is replicated in virtually every sector.

The budget records show KSh 280 billion on power transmission lines, enough for 6,000 kilometres of 400 Kv lines …but information posted by KETRACO, the agency responsible for building them, shows only 2800 km of lines under construction, whose total cost is KSh 100 billion.

We are talking KSh 180 billion missing, an amount, of the same order of magnitude as the Eurobond money that the Auditor General could not find.

Makueni county built a 200-bed Mother and Child hospital for a princely sum of Ksh. 135m.

Kibra MP Ken Okoth built and equipped a girl’s secondary school that’s been all the rage for Ksh. 48m.

A hospital like Makueni’s in every county is KSh 6.4 billion; a girls school like Kibra’s in every
constituency, KSh 14 billion.

Both combined add up to just over KSh 20 billion — about the money that has already been spent on the ghost dam projects.

If a national government has spent KSh 45 billion per county on development projects these two projects would not be the talk of the country.

There would be the equivalent of 300 Mother and Child hospitals in every county or alternately, 150 Kibra girls schools in every constituency.

Galana-Kulalu Irrigation project is on its death-bed. It is not yet known how much money has gone down that drain.

One senior Jubilee official said to me that it is their Goldenberg, to which I quipped that the competition for that dubious appellation would be strong.

The last mile connectivity project was one of Jubilees flagship projects: over 800,000 connections are dormant.

The connected households have never switched on the power. This should not surprise.

Most of these households cannot afford electrical appliances other than a few lightbulbs that they would use only for three or four hours a day.

It would have been infinitely more sensible and cost effective to mandate the Rural Electrification Authority to serve these rural hamlets with micro-grids and stand-alone domestic solar installations.

The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) is now weighed down with the costs of maintaining these loss-making connections. These costs have to be passed on to consumers.

And this is over and above the costs of carrying the excess generation capacity courtesy of the equally hare-brained if-we-build-it-they will come 5000 MW drive that has now been abandoned.

It has been a long climb for KPLC to recover from the plunder of the Moi regime.

Makueni County built a 200-bed Mother and Child hospital for the princely sum of KSh 135 million. Kibra MP Ken Okoth built and equipped a girl’s secondary school that’s been all the rage for KSh 48 million.

A hospital like Makueni’s in every county is KSh 6.4 billion; a girls school like Kibra’s in every constituency, KSh 14 billion. Both combined add up to just over KSh 20 billion — about the money that has already been spent on the ghost dam projects.

This week, we have been entertained by the mysterious disappearance of 51 million litres of aviation fuel worth KSh 5 billion from the tanks of the Kenya Pipeline Company. This follows from a report that KPC lost 23 million litres worth Ksh 2.3 billion in 15 months.

Even for the KPC, historically one of the most profitable and cash-rich public enterprises, a KSh 7 billion hole is a crippling loss. When Jubilee took over, the project on the table was to upgrade the 14-
inch pipeline with a 16-inch one at a cost of KSh 16 billion. Jubilee scaled this up to a 20-inch one at a cost of KSh 48 billion, three times the mooted cost.

The pipeline was to be completed in 18 months — by 2016 that is. Costs have escalated, and it is still not complete. It has been reported that the corruption investigation in KPC covers 27 projects worth
KSh 95 billion. Most of this money is expensive foreign commercial loans.

It’s hard to see how KPC can remain solvent. We are looking at another black hole here of the same order of magnitude as Kenya Airways, if not bigger.

The mother of all Jubilee financial blackholes is indisputably the SGR. According to Compass International, an engineering and construction consultancy, the benchmark cost for a new single-track high speed rail at between US$997,000 and US$ 1.13m per km, plus cost of signaling infrastructure at between US$154,700 and US$189,000 for a total of US$1.15 million to US$1.3 million.

The SGR is not an electrified high-speed rail, but we paid $6.7m per km, five times the high end of the benchmarking cost.

Galana-Kulalu Irrigation project is on its death-bed. It is not yet known how much money has gone down that drain.

One senior Jubilee official said to me that it is their Goldenberg, to which I quipped that the competition for that dubious appellation would be strong. After years of denial, a government task force has
established that the SGR is not viable.

The SGR was sold on bringing down the cost, and improving the efficiency, of freight. According to the said task force, the SGR has increased the cost of transporting a 20-foot container by 118 percent, from $650 (Ksh. 65,000) by road, to US$1,420 (Ksh.142,000) and by 149 percent for a 40-foot container from $850 (Ksh. 85,000) to US $2,120 (Ksh. 212,000).

There are two components in this cost escalation. First, the SGR tariff is set to try and repay the loans. Even then, the SGR is yet to cover operating costs, let alone generate an operating surplus that
can service debt.

Secondly, the SGR has introduced additional costs notably “last mile” cost of transporting containers from the railway terminal to the owners premises, as opposed to trucking which is port-to-door, as well as additional container handling logistics.

These challenges of integrating rail and seaport are universal, and are part of the reason why the rail share of freight in the EU has declined from over 40 percent in the 70s to less than 20 percenttoday.

Even for the Kenya Pipeline Company, one of the most profitable and cash-rich public enterprises, a KSh 7 billion hole is a crippling loss.

When Jubilee took over, the project…to upgrade the 14-inch pipeline with a 16-inch one at a cost of KSh 16 billion. Jubilee scaled this up to a 20-inch one at a cost of KSh 48 billion, three times the mooted
cost. The pipeline was to be completed in 18 months – by 2016 that is.

Costs have escalated, and it is still not complete. The long and short of it is that SGR is increasingly demonstrating what this columnist and others have maintained from the outset— that it is a white elephant. Without being forced, people would not use it.

And if it were to charge a competitive tariff, it is doubtful that it would keep the trains running, let alone service its debt. I have opined before that the least costly option may be to mothball it, seeing as the debt will be paid by the taxpayer, we should not be made to pay four times namely, the debt, operational subsidy, higher freight cost and trucking industry jobs and incomes.

The next best thing is to take over the debt, cancel the Chinese management contract and leave it to swim or sink in the market place under the management of Kenya Railways.
The only beneficiary of this project is China. It is doubtful that the Jubilee administration can muster the resolve to bite the bullet on this one.
So we will continue to bleed. After years of denial, a government task force has established that the SGR is not viable. The SGR was old on bringing down the cost, and improving the efficiency, of
freight.

According to the said task force, the SGR has increased the cost of transporting a 20-foot container by 118 percent, from $650 (Ksh.65,000) by road, to US$1,420 (Ksh. 142,000) and by 149 percent for a 40-foot container from $850 (Ksh. 85,000) to US $2,120 (Ksh. 212,000).

This is Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy as it now stands. Mindless plunder and worthless vanity projects—a US$ 25 billion (Sh. 2.5 trillion) hole in the economy and counting, and contingent liabilities, financial booby traps if you like, Kenya Airways, Kenya Pipeline,

Kenya Power and others we don’t know of yet, that could go off at any minute.

This is Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy as it now stands. Mindless plunder and worthless vanity projects—a US$ 25 billion (Sh. 2.5 trillion) hole in the economy and counting.

The penny is beginning to drop, and sections of the regime are now beginning to talk about a turn-around strategy that can salvage the President something of an economic legacy.

They have their work cut out. Economic crises of this nature are not solved by the same people who created them. Ethiopia’s EPDRF government came to this realization about a year ago.

Ethiopia was headed for a revolution such as unfolding next door inSudan. Former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has recently intimated that he resigned to make it easier for the regime to
reform.

So far, the bet on a leadership change is paying off, even though the new Prime Minister’s magic touch is yet to be tested on the inevitable painful economic reforms.

The political honeymoon also appears to be ending. The penny is beginning to drop, and sections of the regime are now beginning to talk about a turn-around strategy that can salvage the President
something of an economic legacy. They have their work cut out.

Economic crises of this nature are not solved by the same people who created them. The rapprochement between Kenyatta and Raila Odinga a year ago, popularly known as the “handshake” offered an opportunity to engineer something similar. But as soon as they pledged to build bridges, Kenyatta set off to burn them.

A year later, no-one seems to know where it is headed, other than hazy talk of a referendum, and holding the political ground as Kenyatta prosecutes yet another hypocritical and inept anti-corruption war, as opportunistic as it is ineffectual.

With toxic succession politics in full throttle, it is difficult to see how resolve and focus on radical economic reform can be mustered.

Amidst the entire dam hullabaloo, there was a small event last week that did not attract much attention.

The cornered Treasury CS took time out from his daily commute to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to launch a private external audit of the Eurobond funds commissioned by the
Treasury.

No prizes for guessing that the audit sees no evil. External audit is an exclusive constitutional mandate of the Auditor General. We all witnessed the President staring down the Auditor General on his special audit ordered by parliament. It has yet to see the light of day.

The national government’s audit for the year remains qualified. There is no country where questions can be raised about two billion dollars of public money, and the president of the country acts about
it as nonchalantly as Kenyatta has, unless there is direct complicity with the thieves.

Malaysia’s 1MDB and Mozambique’s Tuna sovereign bond frauds have unravelled.

This one will too, in the fullness of time. Kenyatta has plenty of reason to want to extend his influence beyond his term of office.

To plunder the way the Jubilee administration has, it has had to raze the public financial management system to the ground.

Without public financial accountability, there is no government, no economy, no country.

To budget anything from a quarter to a third of the country’s annual GDP for stealing — to then borrow it, steal it, feign outrage, compromise parliament, and diffuse public anger with ineffectual
corruption investigations, again and again and again – defies corruption. It is a crime against humanity.

Yes, the economy is crumbling, but its turnaround is not the priority.

Getting rid of this monster called Jubilee is.

 

And here is Dr. Ndii in a KTN interview.

Interesting but I decided to put an end to the story because the article above is one of the most powerful pieces I have tried to digest in the fight for the economic and political health of our Jamhuri. That fight will never stop.

But here is the interview.

 

 

By adongoogony Posted in kenya