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Friday, January 18, 2008

Kofi Annan Suffers Diplomatic Flu

Video footage of policeman shooting and killing unarmed protestor in Kisumu.

So the hemorrhage continues unabated. As violence continues to suck the last drop of blood from our veins leaning Kenyan morgues teaming with close to 1000 bullet-riddled bodies, Koffi Annan seems to have developed cold feet that is clothed as DIPLOMATIC FLU. The emerging different versions explaining his failed mediation visit attests to the latent reason behind his change of heart.

Michuki must have surely rattled the poor Ghananian. Officially Annan is down with a bout of severe flu but other media reported him collapsing before boarding a plane to flaming Kenya. His advance party comprising Mkapa and Graca Machel must be enjoying REAL theatre of the absurd here in Nairobi.

Where it hurts most
Meanwhile our enterprising scoundrels for politicians wont disappoint and they have new threats on the pipeline as the third consecutive day demo draws to a close. The target now is to boycott products from companies whose ownership are twinned with Kibaki. Equity bank, Brookside dairies (Kenyattas-Uhuru)and Citi Hoppa (Michuki + Thuo) vehicles must be scratching their heads real hard.

Whether this new strategy will work is not within my ambit to predict. But your guess is as good as mine that the intention is to hit where it hurts most. Did I here somebody mention 6% economic growth? Well is you want to get rid of a malignant cancer uproot it because cosmetic measures like chemotherapy only succeeds in painful mutations.

Well, hell hath no furry like a citizenry RAPPED and ROBBED. Justice cannot and must not be baptized and no price is big enough to get it. You only undermine Kenyans' resolve at your own peril. We saw it when they chose to walk to work to make matatus behave. That may have been the rehearsal before this real examination.

Ranting they will definitely do these scoundrels but the PINCH and enormous loss will make them stop and think. Time it may take but they will no doubt do. Nobody is rich enough to buy time. Justice no less.

41 comments:

Kenya-Yangu said...

Professionals For ODM Forum on Blogspot
Interesting blog on the Economic boycotts and how ODM is reaching out to the Middle Class support.

Very smart strategy on ODM's side to start calling for Economic Boycotts. They are now reaching out to a more effective group of citizens.

Tamtam said...

European journalists arrested coming into Kenya.

http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnL18824453.html

Samu Ole Lendaipa said...

I think ODM is saving face after realizing that only a few people are involved in their antics. After reading the Time Magazine expose on Raila and how even himself could not march to Uhuru Park, I got the feeling and the sense that this is a failed movememnt.
True Raila did much to try and fashion it as the Orange Revolution a la mode Ukraine, but it will not be.
Trying to boycott buses and banks and diaries is a good idea but it is impractical!. There are many people who wil lnot mind buying from the said. As a matter of fact, a shrewd business man may gauge the price by 5 shillings only for a packet of milk and wananchi will flock to the dairy.
Let us see how this will go.

NB: Deep inside I think you will not allow this post to see the light of the day because it throws cold water on ODM Plans et al. However, let this be a testament to all that you are a real democratic by letting these my views to be read, even this note, and we will know u, Chris, r a democrat.

Samu Ole Lendaipa

Anonymous said...

WHO STARTED THE FIRE?

We elected Kibaki in 2002 to liberate Kenya from tyranny, corruption, tribalism among others.

We offered him 2 million Ksh p.m. retirement package in 2007. But he refused. He staged a coup de tat and is now using the power of the gun to silent Kenyans.

The right thing to do is to boycott him and his primitive regime. He will one day go.

But Kenyans remenber this:

Dont buy Brookeside, avoid Equity bank, dont board Citi Hoppa, dont let people from his area invest in your town, dont sell land to his people, dont eat or drink in a restaurant owned by his people, dont go to a filling station owned by them, dont eat noodles or meat from the area.

Kenyans take over the services and serve Kenyans with respect. Kibaki has chosen tribalism as a means to develope Central Kenya ONLY.

Kenyans grasp this opportunity to develope your business.

BOYCOTT CENTRAL KENYA!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

KENYANS BOYCOTT CENTRAL KENYA to fight Kibaki

Wanjiku-Mombasa said...

My O my! At last I can participate in this war without going to the streets!

I'm one of those Kenyans who had really stocked up on groceries in preparation for a possible 3 days or more of no shopping. I'm a tea lover and one of the things I bought like a mad one is milk. Brookside milk unfortunately. I have 15 whole packets of I litre whole life. That should take me a month and then its good bye brookside for good. I feel so silly I didn't think of boycotting yet I was among those who boycotted Delamere after that mean murderer killed one of our own a second time.

Unfortunately where I live there is no citi hopa I'd have boycotted that too. And I don't have any account in Equity but I have lots of friends who started withdrawing their cash and banking in other banks as soon as chaos erupted.

You dont just steal an election and assume everything is in order!!

Anonymous said...

http://www.pr-inside.com/kenya-police-arrest-3-foreigners-for-r393699.htm

Anonymous said...

While I do not support boycotts of GEMA products, I think it's naïve to deny that these people have taken us for granted for a long time. This could actually be a good thing. Let us innovate our own products and businesses. As it is, the Kikuyu will survive just fine. They have enough members to support all their businesses.

It's ironic that Kibaki's actions may actually spur development in other parts of the country. It is a fact that there's no such thing as Kikuyu business acumen. These people have been able to survive all over due to Kikuyu-only connections. They will only support their own. There's no brightness there. The only problem is that they have stolen most parastatals and are now awaiting Safaricom.

Remove your cash from Equity, after all who gets govt. loans there?

Bishop Douglas said...

God's Word on Kenya
By Bishop Dr. Douglas Muchiri

This is the word I got today on Sunday January 6th, 2008 concerning the situation in Kenya. I got the word while at a Prayer for Kenya in Columbus, OH. With encouragement from those present, I am putting the word in writing so that many other Kenyans would get the opportunity to hear the same. The message is not edited or polished but it is as rough as I delivered it. In addition, like every word, you are welcome to test and see if it is from the Lord. If it is not, then discard it. However, if it is from the Lord then may we heed to it with great repentance and humility to God. Thank you.

The first thing I saw was that there was peace in Kenya. For the sake of peace, and in the name of God, Hon. Raila choose to accept President Kibaki as President of Kenya and then there was peace in the land.

I also saw that what had happened in Kenya was God Awakening Kenyans to Arise, Repent and Surrender their lives and Kenya back to God.

In 2002 when Kibaki was elected president, God had anointed Kibaki to be President even though he was disabled from a road accident. In a prophetic sense, Kibaki's being crippled signified the state in which the country was in, and so God choose Kibaki to restore the country of Kenya just as God was restoring Kibaki back to health.

And indeed God restored the country to greater prosperity but Kibaki forgot that it was God who was doing all this and not the hand of man. Therefore, in a bid to wake up Kibaki and the Kenyans to this reality, God allowed the mysterious tragedy and deaths to befall members of Kibakis parliament. This shook the country and Kibaki headed to the word of God and called for a national day of prayer in which all Kenyans humbled themselves and repented in prayer; then there was peace.

Unfortunately, though, Kibaki and the Kenyans forgot that the hand of God was upon the nation and so when Kibaki sought a second term as president, he campaigned based on what he had done instead of what God had done for Kenya. No wonder then that he chose the theme ‘kazi iendelee'. Whereas there is nothing wrong in advocating for more development and prosperity, yet God was nowhere in the picture. Infact, when Kibaki launched PNU he advised everyone to campaign for him based on what ‘he had done' for Kenya.

God saw the pride and arrogance in Kibaki and so raised up Raila as His servant to shake up Kibaki and the country at large. God's hand being upon Raila, most people begun to embrace Raila including church leaders who even anointed Raila in confirmation that God's hand was upon him. As a result, Raila's fame and popularity spread like wildfire all over Kenya and even the nations supported Raila when they saw the dynamic change agent he was.

However, as Raila's influence grew, millions of Kenyans begun looking up to Raila as ‘Joshua' who would now save them economically and bring paradise into their lives. It is also unfortunate that when Raila saw the great influence he was getting, he like Kibaki, failed to acknowledge the hand of God in him and so rather than point the people to God, he took God's glory and so God was disappointed with Raila.

Granted that almost everyone was now blinded by what they saw physically in either Kibaki or Raila, Kenyans went to vote without caring to consult earnestly with God. The sad part too was that the church also allowed herself to be caught up in the worldly politics and in so doing lost her voice to the people. For this reason, the clergy cannot speak without being treated with suspicion.

In order to save Kenya, God looked for a man He could use and he found a God fearing Servant in the person of Samuel Kivuitu. Mr Kivuitu was only appointed to his position as Chairman of the Electoral Commission by the hand of God. In other words, Kivuitu was not Kibaki's preferred choice but instead it was God's hand that intervened thus effecting his appointment. The whole world applauded this act of God.

The only sad thing was that Kivuitu did not even know that God had indeed set him up and even to this day, Kivutu does not understand what happened to him when he declared the presidential results. Only God knows because the answer is not physical but spiritual. God supernaturally intervened and allowed Kivuitu to declare Kibaki the winner in order that He may bring all Kenyans to a greater realization that Kenya belongs to God and only God must reign supreme in Kenya not Raila or Kibaki.

With the results showing Raila leading, Kibaki was greatly broken hearted. God further humbled Kibaki by getting rid of his cabinet ministers. But again it was this humbling and brokenness allowed Kibaki to quickly surrender and call unto God.

On the other side, most of Raila's followers had completely lost focus on God and had already shifted all their allegiance to Raila to the point of worshipping Raila. On his part, Raila's ego became too egotistical leaving no place for God to use Him. It was then that God preferred the already humbled Kibaki to the proud Raila and that is why Kivuitu announced that Kibaki is President. In the natural, this remains a puzzle to everyone.

Before the elections, almost all Kenyans had invested alot in prayer and so God answered their prayers thus. Not as they expected but according to His divine wisdom. God's answer further heavily chastised Kenyans for forsaking God and building their hopes in man. Thus, God's answer gave Kenyans an opportunity for humility and a chance to call upon God in repentance. For this reason, Kenya's peace and justice lies not with foreign or international mediators but with Kenyans themselves who have to humble themselves and call upon God to intervene as in all other times in their history.

Concerning the tribal divide, I saw that it was only being exaggerated because deep in their hearts, Kenyans loved each other irregardless of their different tribes or ethnic orientation. I also saw that deep down in the Kenyans; they knew too well that only Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Moreover, with the death of their loved ones, neighbors and friends, Kenyans have already begun seeking God's intervention in prayer. That is why the devil is defeated and cannot do any more harm to Kenya. Indeed Kenyans have stopped looking unto Kibaki or Raila for Peace.

Once Kenyans realize their folly and return to God, God will grant then supernatural peace and unprecedented holistic abundance: returning to them what the enemy stole from them. So let everyone look unto God upon whom lies the hope, peace and prosperity of/for Kenya. Amen and Amen.


"If I shut the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people and my people who are called by my name humble themselves ad pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land" 2Chronicles 7:12-14

"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord" Zechariah 4:6



Bishop Dr. Douglas P. Muchiri
Senior Pastor: Life-Net Christian Fellowship ;
President: All Saints Church Alliance (ASCA)
P. O. Box 256 Urbana, OH 43078

5th estate said...

Oil does not mix with water, Koffi Annans absence says more than a thousand words, and sends a very clear message - you cannot steal other peoples cake and violently keep it. I hope this beginning of isolation will bring a steady end to this sordid chapter in our history. No more photo ops.

Thanks to every body who came to my support when my handle was hijacked. It goes to show the mentality of some people we are dealing with - what’s yours is mine UTA DU?

“A CLEAR CONSCIENCE IS USUALLY A SIGN OF BAD MEMORY “

Abass said...

Maybe we should add the Nation to that list or? BTW, this is a nice strategy. Also I think it is very important that Raila participates in the protest. That article in Times wasn't really good of him and unless he is careful, it can damage him severely. I was perplexed when he was asked how he felt about not participating in the demonstrations and he replied 'I feel great'

Anonymous said...

There are reports of unrest in Narok - anyone has anything more on that?

Anonymous said...

It seems the government is getting seriously wrongfooted. The point of the demo's was not to have all of nairobi on the streets. that was never realistic given the stk policy which has now been in place for more than a year. i was actually surprised at the number of people who risked it - reminds you of hiow many kenyans have absolutely nothing to loose except the last bit of their pride, which people of all tribes had put in the elections. By arresting the journalists they have put everything back onto the international media which had started to move on. The dictum as you know is one westerner down and it counts, 700 kenyans and it's a footnote in history. Hopefully Kibaki will fall just to prove that dictum wrong. In any case Annan should spend his time in Rwanda saying sorry to everyone who survided until he drops dead...sorry but he is no shining light.

Pandora

5th estate said...

Bishop Dr. Douglas Muchiri @9:51

”With the results showing Raila leading, Kibaki was greatly broken hearted. God further humbled Kibaki by getting rid of his cabinet ministers. But again it was this humbling and brokenness allowed Kibaki to quickly surrender and call unto God. "

Muchiri bwana, don’t play with our minds , what you are telling us is " turn the other cheek " the facts are there for everybody to see, enough of these games and lets sacrifice for paradise here and now for the sake of our children and grandchildren. There is no” flock” here so try someplace else. You just had a dream like lots of people do and cannot reconcile what they see happening and with their own “reality “either that or I admire your shrewd desperation.

Whoever has spoken to you I must admit has a keen interest in Kenyan politics and a not so savvy approach to beg for submission, it worked for the missionaries and crusaders before and we know the results - frankly that approach is outdated.

I dare you to come out in plain language and tell Kenyans that they should accept what has happened to them as they will be rewarded in the afterlife, what a joke!

Bishop Dr. Douglas P. Muchiri, with all due respect Senior Pastor “YOU CANNOT STOP AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME “

Abass said...

Just an update: The European Parliament wants new presidential elections held in Kenya in view of the controversy and unrest following the outcome of December’s polls.

If new elections were not possible, then at least there should be a fair re- counting of the original ballots by an independent body, a resolution passed by the parliament said.

It also said Kenya needed an independent election commission, which would assure free and fair voting.
Source: http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=684266

Anonymous said...

Boycotting will have a major ripple effect that will affect the whole country, (not only the GEMA million Ksh a plate financers of Kibaki). Let's look at it logically. Let's take for example Citti Hopa. If u boycott it, you will still have to ride another matatu owned by a GEMA since most of them are in the transport business. Those same owners will probably buy mat's from Citi Hopa so George Thuo will still make his money somehow. If we look at it on another angle. Citi Hopa employs many people from different tribes so when you boycot it, you will probably lose your job so how will you feed your family? Assuming you even lose your job, someone else who is jobless will rush for that job and wont care that you boycotted, because he/she wants to feed their family.
Whoever came with that boycot story is not thinking seriously and they need to because the ripple effect will affect EVERYONE not only GEMA. Ati intellectual!!!

Uncle said...

Abass, wacha ku-distort vitu. We all know there's more than one gun aimed at Raila whenever he ventures out of any buliding. The greatest joy for people like Michuki is the day one of his luitanants will pluck out Raila from a crowd…by use of a bullet. If the police are killing school boys, why will they hesitate to bring down the man who pisses Kibaki very much?

'I feel great' is no where close to what your mind has manufactured. We all know who Raila is.

Of Time articles, read the following truths.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1702349,00.html

Anonymous said...

I wish people could open their eyees and see the independe of Central provice is the only long term peaceful solution to the crisis in Kenya.Thats just a fact.

It may seem preposterous, but after one yr if Central is not an independent state you will agree with me.

Tamtam said...

Veteran politician, Mr Martin Shikuku and an unidentified ODM protester, were arrested as groups engaged in a cat-and-mouse chase with police on Friday afternoon.

Trouble started at about 1.30pm when Muslim faithful tried to hold a procession outside Jamia Mosque after the afternoon prayers.

Earlier, the Jamia Mosque committee issued a statement criticising the police for surrounding the mosque as worshippers prepared to pray.

"This is not a police state. We cannot live in fear," said the Imam.

http://allafrica.com/stories/200801180928.html

Anonymous said...

is the Nations webpage down?

Abass said...

Uncle, relax. Honestly, I never manufactured anything. I was just quoting the times article which I read earlier. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1704564,00.html
It is true and no one doubts that there are many out there who want Raila out and that will perhaps be their victory ever. But I jut thought that this (Asked how he felt not being able to join his supporters, Odinga replied: "I feel great.") wasn't good and he could have replied in a more intelligent and better way as he normally does. Remember, there are a lot of enemies out there and they only need to look for something so petty so it would be good if he is careful with his words.
And thanks for that article.

Kenya nchi yetu said...

I am a ‘middle of the road’ progressive.

Kenyans have reached a fork in the road. All those Kenyatta and Moi years of fear and intimidation could be argued away in the name of unity and development - Harambee and Nyayo.

The gains obtained 5 years ago were hard won. Any reasonable person from either camp will attest to that. The Kibaki regime brought economic recovery but it also brought back the same dynamics of the Kenyatta era – nepotism and corruption. In the 70s and 80s “Kenya” was in its infancy and could be bullied.

Kenya has grown out of it’s adolescence when one sibling could bully another. It is now at a fork in the road. Real change – or – status quo.

If roughly half the electorate voted for change, that is not an inconsiderable number. No matter what arguments are put forward, the key is that Kenya is divided economically. The ethnic violence is a manifestation of economic disillusionment.

There is an argument that the swearing-in had to be done quickly in order to maintain stability. But what about the counter-argument that swearing-in of the seemingly wrong person would unleash the pent-up rage of years, if not decades, of mismanagement?

It is now time for Kibaki to be the bigger man. For God’s sake he has done enough for Central and its allies. I do not advocate violence but everything has a limit and it’s time now for Kibaki to bow out gracefully. Past history is the best indicator of future performance and going by Kibaki (and by association Moi and Kenyatta’s) performance of inequitable distribution, I don’t believe ODM should cede an inch. THIS is your moment of truth.

Anonymous said...

PANUA supporters may poke fun at a call for economic boycott but it can actually work. Let me explain to you the two ways it can be done and that Raila should now follow;

1. Silent Majimbo.

Raila, Ruto, Mudavadi and Balala can and should start solidifying the Western and Coastal/North Eastern block into an econimically independent powerhouse. They should start encouraging, marketing for and supporting entrepreneurs and businesses within those regions and networking them solidly. These 5 provinces are strategically and geographically positioned to operate independently and can shut out Kibaki's cronies economically. They can also strangle businessmen from outside these regions especially now that they have majority M.P.s in these 5 provinces and will control all the local authorities as well. Therefore the boycott should be a well-planned and orchestrated process that takes two dimensions, boycott the competitor but also aggressively strengthen and market or build our own.

2. Strangulation into submission.

Raila and the Pentagon can actually create a win-win situation for the common man in two ways; first by asking their huge followers (most of whom are not the ones who have the guts to protest on the streets) to "tighten their belts" and boycott these businesses they'll hurt them economically obviously by reducing their customer base and hence sales. Secondly, these businesses may be forced to aggressively counter this measure by reducing their prices and this will in turn reduce their profit margins. This will hurt the businessmen but will also benefit the common man by making the commodities cheaper and easier to afford.

Before people go posting their reactions here carelessly, they need to study the implications of such a move with informed economic perceptions. Now, I can categorically say here that those businesses of Kibaki cronies employ mostly GEMA people so the idea that it's like biting the finger that feeds you is neither here nor there. O.D.M. Has a very large following, especially among the middle class who won't go on the streets, so this call would hurt Kibaki's cronies in Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Coast, North Eastern and over half of Nairobi.

Personally, I support my family and my mother, brother and sister have accounts at Equity Bank. I have asked them to close them and open accounts in another bank. I will pay for the extra account keeping fees they incur and I have made it clear that I will be sending no money to anyone with an account at Equity Bank. I am one of very many people so it will work.

The other thing I have ordered is that they are to buy milk from the local guys who supply milk locally. This way I've killed two birds with one stone, denying Brookside sales and profits and at the same time promoting the local dairy farmers and therefore encouraging Luoland to start depending on and developing locally.

So those who say that this call will not work should think again! It could actually even develop the local and small business people in those areas.

Omany

Anonymous said...

I know this is off topic but here goes.
http://www.helium.com/tm/462308/master-become-vital-president

Anonymous said...

have the guts to protest on the streets) to "tighten their belts" and boycott these businesses they'll hurt them economically obviously by reducing their customer base and hence sales. Secondly, these businesses may be forced to aggressively counter this measure by reducing their prices and this will in turn reduce their profit margins. This will hurt the businessmen but will also benefit the common man by making the commodities cheaper and easier to afford.

Before people go posting their reactions here carelessly, they need to study the implications of such a move with informed economic perceptions. Now, I can categorically say here that those businesses of Kibaki cronies employ mostly GEMA people so the idea that it's like biting the finger that feeds you is neither here nor there. O.D.M. Has a very large following, especially among the middle class who won't go on the streets, so this call would hurt Kibaki's cronies in Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Coast, North Eastern and over half of Nairobi.

Personally, I support my family and my mother, brother and sister have accounts at Equity Bank. I have asked them to close them and open accounts in another bank. I will pay for the extra account keeping fees they incur and I have made it clear that I will be sending no money to anyone with an account at Equity Bank. I am one of very many people so it will work.

The other thing I have ordered is that they are to buy milk from the local guys who supply milk locally. This way I've killed two birds with one stone, denying Brookside sales and profits and at the same time promoting the local dairy farmers and therefore encouraging Luoland to start depending on and developing locally.

So those who say that this call will not work should think again! It could actually even develop the local and small business people in those areas.

Omany

7:05 PM

Anonymous said...

much to try and fashion it as the Orange Revolution a la mode Ukraine, but it will not be.
Trying to boycott buses and banks and diaries is a good idea but it is impractical!. There are many people who wil lnot mind buying from the said. As a matter of fact, a shrewd business man may gauge the price by 5 shillings only for a packet of milk and wananchi will flock to the dairy.
Let us see how this will go.

NB: Deep inside I think you will not allow this post to see the light of the day because it throws cold water on ODM Plans et al. However, let this be a testament to all that you are a real democratic by letting these my views to be read, even this note, and we will know u, Chris, r a democrat.

Samu Ole Lendaipa

8:30 AM


Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

shillings only for a packet of milk and wananchi will flock to the dairy.
Let us see how this will go.

NB: Deep inside I think you will not allow this post to see the light of the day because it throws cold water

Anonymous said...

We have already identified Equity Bank, Family Bank and Commercial Bank of Africa as banks to boycott.

We need to create a list of insurance companies to boycott

Kenya nchi yetu said...

abass - teh very same Time (not times) article has the following to say:

"A civilian coup by Kibaki, following a close race with challenger Odinga in the Dec. 27 general election. Three days after the vote, on live television, paramilitary police stormed the Kenyatta International Conference Center, where the vote was being counted and Odinga had a substantial lead. Minutes later, the head of the election commission declared Kibaki the winner. Kibaki was sworn in later the same day. That decision fanned simmering resentment against Kibaki's tribe, the Kikuyu, the largest of Kenya's 42 tribes. Though Kikuyus make up only 22% of the population, they dominate government and business. A 2005 report by the Society for International Development, a civil-society monitoring group, catalogued how Kibaki had packed his Cabinet, state corporations, the judiciary and provincial administrations with his tribesmen. The tribal animosities have been festering at least since 1963, when British colonial farmers sold their properties to wealthy Kikuyus, allowing them to encroach on the ancestral land of Luos, Kalenjins and others in the Rift Valley. Some blame also goes to the father of the nation, Jomo Kenyatta, a Kikuyu who founded the ruling Kikuyu cabal."

Kibaki's mediation team consists of Musyoka, Karua, Uhuru and Saitoti. These people just don't get it. They are losing credibility with each move they make.

Kenya nchi yetu said...

Omany - silent majimbo and isolation will only work in the long term. The balance of power has to addressed immediately.

The Guardian article wasted no words:

"President Kibaki is losing his image of a gentleman surrounded by thugs. With each day that passes he is looking more like a hardliner who refuses to confront reality. He has dug in, spurned offers of international mediators, and packed his cabinet with the same discredited clique that voters tried to kick out of office. The violence obscures the root cause of the conflict - not ethnic unrest, social inequality, paramilitary gangs, youth unemployment or land distribution in the Rift Valley. These are symptoms, but the disease itself is vote-rigging."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/kenya/story/0,,2243421,00.html

Mzalendo said...

We Africans have lesser social intelligence.Why should we keep fighting other tribes who are as African as ourselves and forget about the whites and Indian bigots in our country?
Has an Indian,chinese or a briton given you a substantial business contact?

Anonymous said...

Am a Kiuk and I dont mind the Economic Boycott. It will awaken other communities to Entrepreneurship, which is a win win for kenya. But the Idea that you boycot businesses to hurt Central will not work easily. Economics and Ethnicity are not correlated. Equity doesnt do well because it is Kiuk owned, it does well coz if its business strategy - bringing high quality service to the common Mwananchi at a very affordable cost. Its the Law of Demand and Supply that works for businesses, not ethnicity. I stand to be proved wrong that the boycott will work. It only advances the anti-kikuyu approach that ODM embraced well before elections, and it cements tribalism. Trust me it is not good for Kenya as a whole. Kiuks will prosper in other markets, including TZ, UG and even South Africa. Check your facts.

Anonymous said...

The seeming Kikuyu dominance in Govt and Business 'Since 1963' is erred because Moi ruled 24 years, and he was directly anti-Kiuk. That didn't hamper Kiuks development. So, neither will economic boycott do. There are greater markets other than the smaller tribes of Kenya. There is the rest of Africa.

KAZI IENDELEE

Anonymous said...

The boycott is not against Kikuyus but against Kibaki's cronies. We also have to empower the small entrepreneurs in other areas especially Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Coast and North Eastern.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2.35pm - I agree with you that the Equity business model allowed it to attract customers from the bottom of the pyramid and the upcoming middle class, but this is not unique to Equity bank anymore. This strategy was copied by several other banks and we have the large ones i.e. KCB, Barclays moving extremely fast in the same direction. So Equity’s customers can move their monies easily to these banks.
The boycott will definitely work - Anti Kikuyu right now is not a problem seeing the results of the clique trying for Kikuyu domination after stealing an election, this is what this current protest is about. It’s not good for Kenya I agree, but guarantee, it will work. And you are also right Kyuks will prosper in other countries, and will be to the advantage of other Kenyan’s.
Note also that the new investors in Equity bank under the name 'Helios' are really Transcentury (Kibaki's rich kikuyu buddies) hiding under a veil of foreign incorporation. Their site says they invested $300M in Helios Partners. Helios invested half this the amount in Equity Bank – and with the secrecy veil Kimunya placed on the new investors for 9 years – I cannot say for sure Kibaki is not one of the Helios investors. The average Kikuyu is like the average Kenyan – these Kikuyus are a class above the rest and made their money right after independence… so protecting them and their money doesn’t help you.

Confirm via this link:
http://www.transcentury.co.ke/transcentury/portfolio.asp

-Mark-

Anonymous said...

People who bought shares in Equity r waiting for Monday to offload them.

Kyuks U did well bcoz the rest of Kenya supported u no matter how u treated them.Now its a different ball game.

5th estate said...

Gee the power of the net, Equity down ! Monday morning SELL SELL SELL. Next ......

Anonymous said...

Boycott Equity Bank: Helios EB is actually Transcentury

Besides the fact that Transcentury holds a direct stake in Equity bank, it also holds a stake through Britak which in turn has a large shareholding of Equity Bank. Recently, Transcentury also bought the maximum stake allowable for one shareholder of a bank in Kenya (24.9%) though their holding in Helios EB Partners. Helios Partners is a foreign incorporated company that recently got new investors in the form of Transcentury and more than half the money invested by Transcentury ($300M = Ksh 19.5B) came in to increase the capital of Equity Bank (This amount was approx Ksh 11B). The Finance Minster decided to look the other side as this transaction happened right under his nose. He even gave this group the exception from any scrutiny of who the shareholders are for 9 years. Essentially, we will never know who the investors are for 9 years in this bank. Why would the government official make an unprecedented decision to exclude them from a regulation to protect consumers in such a sensitive sector? The reason could be to be to hide the fact that the ‘foreign investment’ is actually local investors and the fact that the same local investors have violated the max. Shareholding rules for banks. Picture this…
• Maximum Shareholding allowable to a shareholder who is not an executive = 24.9%
• Equity bank holding through Britak = 10%
• Equity Bank holding as Transcentury directly = aprox 3+%
Clearly, Transcentury now holds more that 38% of Equity Bank!

Proof of this available on: http://www.transcentury.co.ke/transcentury/portfolio.asp

For the government officer involved… what was in it for him? For the government? Think of Equity bank chairman in London with PNU chaps openly campaigning for PNU and rubbishing ODM… do you start to get the answers?

Issue with Diversity at Equity Bank:

We have established that the majority shareholder is Transcentury, now other issue is almost all senior managers of the bank are from one community. Over 85% of the employees in the bank are from the same community. The converse is that more than 50% of the banks customers are drawn from all the ethnic communities of this country. How do you support a company that does not promote diversity? There are multitudes of Private companies that do not promote diversity, but the duty for a listed company is to represent all Kenyans in its workforce and Equity is not exempted. If they exempt themselves, then we tell their customers so they can choose if that’s acceptable.

Business Model:

Most people defending Equity bank never fail to mention that it has helped the poor and I support that, but this particular business model targeting the millions at the bottom of the pyramid is no longer unique to Equity Bank. We have leading financial institutions like Barclays, KCB following suit and doing it well with their deep pockets. KCB as a local bank and deserves our support, Barclays too because in as much as it’s about capitalism for its shareholders, they promote diversity internally in their recruiting.

IPO (initial Public offer)

Please note that Equity bank is the only listed company that got listed on the NSE without selling any new shares, so it wasn’t an initial public offer per se but a listing. The difference is it retains the exact shareholding when on the NSE as before with no dilution at all. These and only these shareholders were able to benefit with this listing, and later, the secondary buyers and sellers on the NSE. The best way to say this is they got credibility out of the listing without offering anything to the public.

Tell tale signs of the success of the Boycott:

• A day after word spread around on this, I had a chat with some staff members and one mentioned that they stopped 2 days ago paying cash against uncleared cheques even for a fee.
• Share starts the downward trend and will be a good sign that ODMs strategy is working.
• Few to no deposits in Equities branches in Western and Rift Valley. The first sign of a run on the bank and I am sure the CBK will come and rescue them by closing these branches due to the ethnic connections they have.
• Equity bank website www.equitybank.co.ke is now down. Reason? You and I can speculate that they have something to hide… I was looking for the IPO briefing document that listed the largest shareholders, but doubt you will find it again. I had to revert to an earlier download.

Eventually really, if they can balance the staff and hiring to represent the face of Kenya without bias, and I am sure they can find skilled talent from all ethnic communities, though they choose otherwise, then the boycott should be re-considered.

(Kumekucha: Please publish this as a contribution article to kumekucha instead of a s a comment. Hopefully this will provide a forum to justify the reasons why these institutions have been selected for the boycott and you can call on more articles on Brookside, Citti Hoppa etc
Another suggestion on the boycott campaign is to brand it a “Kenyan Company Diversity” campaign to show that this is not about one community but ensuring a better Kenya for all)

-Mark-

Anonymous said...

Economic boycott--great idea. Here's where the middle class joins the fray, really. Super! I'm not even pro-Raila or ODM or anything (I dont see much difference), I'm just against a concentration of wealth, and here's an actionable point. Super!

Anonymous said...

Am just thinking we really have no idea what the presidency means for the politicians. It only benefits them and nobody else.. We all thought ODMs ideology would help us all. What am seeing now is that ODM has the majority seats in parliament so they would reform everything they preached. Why havent they done so? Thinking that people benefit because one of their own is the president is pure primitivity... We need a political dictator to put a leash on his own (polititians)

Anonymous said...

And yeah, today is october 27 2009, where are the boycotts? where are the reforms? Where is that which you thought you will get when you killed, hated, raped, stole, burned and preached in the name of your political leader? Its now almost two years after the last comment on this site.... Wivu ni kitu mbaya!

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