1. It is painful when we remember the manner in which the ECK commissioners were appointed by President Kibaki in the run up to the disputed 2007 presidential elections. In retrospect it is clear what was being done. Yet that same ECK remains in office as you read this and it's chairman has the audacity to tell the press that they will not resign because they did "not beat up anybody." Oh Pleeeease!!!!!
2. It is very painful that leaders we elect have 5 years to spit into our faces and generally do what they want and then after the 5 years are up they come back hat in hand and cash in hand to ask us to vote them back. And if we don't vote them, guess what, they will still be "duly elected." A case in point is one Uhuru Kenyatta who after being returned to parliament by his tribesmates is making the lives of those tribesmates very difficult as the Minister of Local government (guess what community the majority of hawkers come from?). When the party Uhuru belongs to was campaigning in late 2007, they allowed hawkers free access to the CBD and gave them the impression that if they voted PNU, they would remain in the streets happily ever after. Now that wamemalizana, it is business as usual and the hawkers have to get out of the CBD.
And then we know that everywhere else in the world cities are de-congested by allowing only public transport into the CBD. In Kenya only the very personal cars congesting the city in the first place are allowed in to de-congest traffic in the city. Is there any hope for this banana republic? Their time in office must be reduced to 4 years from the current 5. If elections usually disrupt our lives, let is also disrupt the lives and corruption cycles of our leaders every 4 years instead of 5. In fact 3 years will be better because Mayors currently serve terms of two and half years anyway.
3. It is painful that decisions are made with only the personal comfort of the rich and powerful in mind. When banning matatus from the CBD, did those powerful people ask themselves how wananchi will transport their sick to hospital? Alight at City Stadium, carry your sick person to Kenyatta hospital (on your back, I suppose). They could of course die on the way but so what, who told you to be poor? Kwani you don't know corruption and how to enrich yourself with public funds like the sensible wealthy Kenyans?
4. It is painful that the government thinks people cannot see the obvious. The Kenya army is committing atrocities in Mt Elgon (no journalists allowed here to report what is happening but Kudos John Alan Namu of KTN for your bravery). And after that the Kenya Army will sweep the whole Rift Valley to ensure that all militia (Kalenjin or otherwise) are wiped out so that they can continue with their unpopular moves (kazi inedelee).
5. It is painful that powerful people can influence CBK intervention to prop up the Kenya shilling against the reality in the marketplace so that they can transfer their fortunes out of the country at favorable exchange rates. What will happen after this personal operation is over? Who cares? Who told you not to have your own ill-gotten wealth to transfer? If you did not know, the recent clashes have forced rich people to think twice about their investments in Kenya. That means much fewer jobs, so even as Kenyans fight for equality, there will soon be nothing left to share. So they have won yet again against the people. So if you are currently jobless and you do not have a chance of being appointed to some plum job by either ODM or PNU, or are not sure of being elected into parliament in one of the by-elections coming, I suggest that you get realistic and forget your dreams. And if you voted along tribal lines in the just concluded elections, you are welcome to reap from that shamba you planted on December 27th 2007. Try and learn something so that next time utwachana na tribe ya mama.
If you can do that my dearest brothers and sisters, one day very soon we will get these bloodsucking political class hyenas out of office and Kenya shall be free.
It must happen in our lifetime folks, and if not we must be prepared to sacrifice for our children and grandchildren!
Past Kumekucha articles that have talked about our greedy selfish politicians
Bunge ya wananchi: ordinary folk talk about the issues that are most important to them. You will be shocked, politicians have no idea
Civil society message on grand corruption, Mwai Kibaki and Kenren
Kenyan's blood is crying out from the ground
How we were duped in 2002