The ostrich is a very fascinating animal. For starters should it really be a bird? I mean it has feathers and all but it never flys like other birds. Instead it runs on the ground like a Zebra or Lion and buries its’ head in the sand (like no other creature).
The Ostrich has many similarities to many extremely well educated Kenyans today. I have seen this trait over and over again and many times it has even been reflected in the comments on this site. The increasingly common mannerism is to bury one’s head in the sand and pretend that the rapidly approaching forest fire does not exist. Or to completely ignore and trash what you don’t understand and don’t want to understand because it is way too scary to consider. In other words the idea is if one thinks positive thoughts only and sticks to the sensible ideas that their intellect and lifestyle has supported over the years, then surely no harm will befall them. Education is a vital thing but sometimes it can be pretty dangerous. I think the village idiot may be better off many times than the highly educated fool.
I have come to fully appreciate what a blogger called Taabu means when he frequently says; Munajezea mbuzi guitar (playing a guitar for a he-goat).
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.
Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology known as Jungian psychology.
Some recent developments have left me very alarmed although I have posted articles in the recent past warning about them. I have no joy in being proved right if Kenya is going to the dogs. As I have said many times before I would rather be proved wrong and things get better for mother Kenya. After all I intend that my children and grand children will live in Kenya and call this currently kidnapped country home. However at this rate there will be no country left if things continue the way they are where my “alarmist ranting” of today turns out to be the headlines of the following week.
Many Kenyans must have caught a fascinating story in the Standard shortly after Maj Gen Ali was relieved of his duties as commissioner of police. The story was done by one Cyrus Ombati and claimed some insider information on Ali that suggested that he was well aware that he was going to be replaced and had NOT been taken by surprise. It was clear that most of the information had been supplied by Ali himself. In fact the story had a major piece of information (or so it seemed) that left me gaping for a number of minutes. Mr Ombati claimed that Maj Ali was in fact being ear-marked to succeed Gen Kianga as Chief of general staff. The military man was going to cross back from the police and head the military in this country (forget about Hague and all those rumours about extra-judicial killings). Now fresh press reports indicate otherwise. Maj Gen Ali has in fact been retired from the military. But what is even more interesting are the developments over the Kianga succession in the military. It is clearly emerging that President Kibaki is cleverly eliminating all potential would-be candidates to ensure that a man called Lt Gen Karangi becomes the next head of the military. Guess where Karangi comes from? He’s from Nyeri, not far from the president’s village in Othaya. Mere coincidence?
If this happens then it means a complete sweep will have been achieved where all key security dockets will be in the hands of Mt Kenya boys. Sample this;
Mathew Iteere (police chief, Meru), Karanja Gatiba (CID chief, Kikuyu), Evans Gicheru (Chief Justice, Kikuyu from Nyeri), Michael Gichangi (NSIS chief, Kikuyu from Nyeri), Kinuthia Mbugua (AP chief, Kikuyu), Aaron Ringera (KACC chief, Meru), George Saitoti (Internal Security minister, Kikuyu masquerading as Maasai) and Francis Kimemia (PS Internal Security ministry, Kikuyu). Mere coincidence? We have a very similar situation in the Fianance portfolio.
And in the event that it is NOT a coincidence what then is the whole idea here? What do these guys want to do exactly? Is the objective for President Kibaki to end up handing over power peacefully and without drama to whoever wins the next presidential election? Or is the idea in fact to maintain the status quo with a hand-picked man going through the motions of a so-called presidential election (similar to the one that happened in 2007?) As it is now, certain “sensitive” conversations can be carried out between security units in Kikuyu (all the Mt Kenya tribes can speak Kikuyu and even when they converse in their mother tongue they can still all understand each other).
As stated in my earlier post these tribal appointments in key dockets started with the Kenyatta presidency in the sixties. President Daniel Arap Moi perfected it and that is why Kenyans voted overwhelmingly for Mwai Kibaki in 2002, a well educated economist whom they hoped would give the country a clean break from the past. Instead the man has proved to be worse than Moi because at least Moi did his tribal thing but showed leadership and kept the country peaceful. Mwai Kibaki continues to relentlessly push the country towards bloodshed with his clarion call wacha wapigane (let them fight), which he is on record as uttering several times in public whenever frustrated wananchi try to show their frustration towards his presidency.
P.S. It amazes me to what extent a man can go to just save face. Former commissioner of police Maj Gen Ali went to great lengths to “leak” a story to the media “to prove” that he was not fired from the police but was in fact being kept aside in preparation for a bigger post (chief of general staff). Kweli pride comes before a fall.
P.S. As “well educated” Kenyans continue to scream about tribe here the situation on the ground with the uneducated pumbavu masses is very different. I witnessed a fascinating discussion the other day between a bunch of Luos and Kikuyus over the current politics. Both tribes were in total agreement that Kibaki and Raila have failed the country big time and are the biggest obstacles to a new Kenya. Meanwhile President Kibaki is much more unpopular in his home districts of Othaya and Nyeri than he is in Mombasa where he still has a significant clique of die-hard supporters (am not sure why). And then Raila no longer goes to Kibera or Kisumu without heavy security and without hired hecklers positioned at the front of every crowd he addresses to ensure that his unpopularity amongst his own people remains a secret.