I hope this note finds you well. You are lost. It is so long since you did a post and I have been wondering what is wrong.
Let me start by stating once again that I sincerely have the deepest respect for you. I can assure you that if the situation was otherwise, I would not have bothered to pen this note to you. Am sure many oldies will agree with me that you did an excellent job leading up to (and after) the botched up presidential elections of 2007.
I read your latest reply to my previous post and it worries me to no end for various reasons.
Yes Bwana Chris, Ruto must Go, but for God’s sake Kiraitu Murungi Must Stay! Right?
Now where did you get that one? My position, I thought, was clear. The whole LOT should go home. To be honest I have no idea why Kiraitu is in the cabinet in the first place. The latest Triton scandal is just a confirmation that this is a man who has no business being responsible for a cattle dip project, let alone a multi-billion ministry that is vital to the country.
If you have been following the saga of maize in this country, you would not be make such outrageous claims as you have made today. Whatever happened to the real authentic Kumekucha who towered above all blogs including mainstream media?
Obviously, Chris - like thousands of many other clueless (and ohhh yes voteless) diasporans, you have chosen to be drafted into that club which believes that bashing ODM and its leaders will take away the problems bedevilling this country. How sad and unfortunate. As far as I can see bashing ODM only increases web page hits!
To begin with, according to Kumekucha jungle laws, Kenyan ministers are now supposed to resign because there was once Kimunya’s censure motion in parliament which was successful and that he went ahead and resigned. How laughable!
Laughable? Is it? What happened to the old fearless Phil I knew? Are you now siding with known thieves like Ruto? For what purpose? To keep ODM intact so that Raila Odinga becomes the next president? Tut! Tut!
I have a theory my brother. I believe you love Kenya with all your heart, the only problem is that you love Raila more.
And I also believe that the biggest political mistake Raila has ever made is to fail to realize that Kenyans did not vote for him in 2007, they voted against Kibaki. With kibaki out of the picture this time round, things will be very different I assure you. By the way I also voted for Raila but I love Kenya more.
What is amazing is NOT that it has taken so long for someone to come up with the idea of sending Ruto home. What is actually amazing is that Chris imagines 10 million Kenyans are starving because Ruto purportedly sold two million bags of strategic grain reserves (SGR)! It is truly a pity Chris because if you would have taken time to research a bit deeper you would have discovered that ;
One – Kenya depends 100% on rain fed agriculture. In this era of global warming and unpredictable weather patterns, this was the first major cock-up of the Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki regimes. It is as if Ruto is God the almighty so as to dictate how the weather will be in Kenya!
Two – the current food shortage was predicted as far back as 2007 (yes the election year), but Kibaki and the then Agriculture minister Kipruto arap Kirwa were so busy night running and dancing PNU songs to imagine Kenyans would need food in beyond 2008.
You are right my brother. What I admire about you is the research you apply to many topics before you write. However I put it to you that you are completely ignoring other pertinent facts here. There is actually a lot that Ruto, Raila and Kibaki would have done in March last year which would have helped things a great deal. I mean any primary school child would have told you after the post election troubles that there was going to be a serious food crisis in the country. Have you forgotten those TV clips of maize being burnt? And everybody knows that farming activities have not gone back to normal in Kenya’s bread basket.
But the problem is that Ruto, your beloved Raila and Kibaki should NOT be leaders in Kenya because they are utterly irresponsible and selfish. What were they doing forming a bloated cabinet that is costing us a fortune when they should have been making arrangements in March last year (not now!!!! Surely!!!) to ensure that no single Kenyan (the folks who lined up for hours to vote for them) would die of starvation.
So my answer is that while Ruto cannot control the weather, he should have planned ahead otherwise he has no business being in-charge of the ministry of agriculture. Let us not even go into the maize scandal for now.
Three – and perhaps most importantly, the SGR was just 2 million bags. How on earth Chris was this going to be enough to feed 10 million starving Kenyans, even if it was to be distributed for free to deserving cases?
Four – Of the total 2million bags of the SGR, 1.6 million bags was sold to millers and 0.4million to the so called individuals including the First Lady Lucy Kibaki trading as Gangilly Kenya Ltd (jangili kweli). What is unlawful about this to warrant the resignation of the Agriculture Minister? The fact of the matter is that the SGR was released to the market late last year in a cabinet approved plan aimed at moderating the skyrocketing prices of UNGA.
What are you saying Phil? That because the maize in question was not enough to feed the country, it was okay for people to make money selling it and to cause prices of maize flour to shoot up? Please confirm because this is what comes through from your writing.
Incidentally, prices of food have sharply risen globally over the last two years so this situation is not unique to Kenya nor is it a creation of ODM! I would be pleased if you could please quote for us the relevant LAW/S OF KENYA that says selling or trading in maize is illegal? Or it is the usual yada yada of mere talk and no solid proof to back up claims?
Five - According to the Global Information and Early Warning System of the UN-FAO, their report on Kenya food security situation first anticipated in the early part of 2008 and also indicated that our country would face a serious food insecurity situation due to a combination of factors: Displacement, insecurity, poor rainfall, rising food and other commodity prices, reduced cereal production and livestock diseases; The resignation and/or sacking of the Agriculture minister will never mitigate these problems! Please.
Kumekucha titbits: Have you ever gone through the horrifying experience of having your server crashing? Server recovery in Kenya exists.
Six – contrary to your assertion that Ruto must resign and that there is no other option to alleviate the starvation of Kenyans, there are indeed countless alternatives government can do in order to improve the tragic situation. You further seem not to be aware the government has already declared food shortage as a national disaster and in the process asked for international help on the same. It is an admission that we play too much politics and forget to plan for our very livelihoods. I am hoping that the goodwill of this blog will one day be used to educate Kenyans on issues of that will bring positive change into their lives rather than what is happening now.
Ruto’s resignation is a good place to start because he did nothing. Since March last year he did nothing. It would have been better if he tried and failed. But did he even try? Let us be honest with ourselves Phil. The guy did not have the time of day to do anything about the crisis he knew was coming. How would he when he was already making plans to profit from it. Sorry Ruto must GO!!
By the way the factors that have caused food prices to shoot up globally have nothing to do with what has been happening in Kenya. The Kenyan crisis was created by profiteers in government and everybody knows that.
FYI- Odinga need not to have been Mboya’s political friend. One does not attend the funeral of one’s enemies. Perhaps you could care to tell us why Mboya’s life friends (Kenyatta, Koinange, Njonjo, Moi, et al) kept away from his funeral and only what you call his friends in death (Odinga, JM Kariuki, et al) attended it? Fear of the unknown? You bet!
Mboya and Odinga represented a stark difference in ideologies. It is like trying to mix oil and water! You and I know which side Mboya represented. You and I also know the public service record of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga (may God rest his soul eternal peace) is equal to NONE – dead or alive.
Public service record of Jaramogi???? What??? Anyway let me not say anything about that for now. Wacha I go re-read my history because there is obviously something major I missed here. Strange how ythis public service record is NOT reflected anywhere I know of. Not even in Nyanza. The good and evil that Mboya did can be seen everywhere.
Ohhhh I forgot. I know you love Kenya Phil, the only problem is that you love the Odingas more.
By the way let me end this open letter with a question for you Phil. Don’t you think the fact that the country wants to spend close to a billion shillings on a new office for the prime Minster confirmation that our leaders have lost it? How do you beg for food with one hand while with the other you sign contracts with contractors and pay out hefty suns of public money for an office that will cease to exist when we go into the next elections.
Please answer that one, my brother.
P.S. I hope you will not take this letter personally. You are still my friend and I am really looking forward to the day you will resume your posts in this blog so that you may help us return to that “fearlessness” you keep talking about. As always you are free to post what you want because I do not have to agree with what you say.
Is this what Kenyans are really saying on the ground? If so most bloggers should be ashamed of themselves.