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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Predictions of a coming Kamba president?

Contrary to what most folks here think, I DO NOT enjoy putting down my community. I want only what is best for the Kamba and a much better future than what the past has brought. It saddens me at the dawn of one of the biggest breakthroughs Kenya has ever had, namely a new constitution, the same old diseases are holding the Akamba people back and threatening to push them from receiving any benefits like the rest of the country. That alarms me very much and is what inspired this series.

President inspects guard of honour during promulgation of constitution.

But let me tell you a fascinating tale first so that you understand my thinking in writing this no-holds barred ruthless analysis of the tribe that gave birth to me.

My story is about these two brothers who never finished high school. However it seems that they had grasped some key lessons in life when one is looking for a breakthrough. Namely start where you are and start by analyzing the failures. Failures are extremely valuable if you know how to handle them. I am of course talking about the Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur). For years I have studied the methods they used in discovering mechanized flight with a fascination that will just not go away. The two started by gathering all the information they could find on previous attempts at flying. They studied them in great detail and then started their work with the failure they thought was closest to success. One of the really important things they did was to develop the most accurate wind tunnel of the time. This is for experimentation and gives you an idea in exact scientific terms of the lift of your wings and aircraft considering its’ weight and shape. And so when the two exhausted but excited brothers gathered at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; December 17, 1903 they were not hoping for a miracle, they already knew from their calculations that the dammed thing was going to fly.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_Flyer

That’s why history, even your own personal history can be life saving, but the key in analysis is to be brutally honest. The positive thinking comes after your plan is in place.

My hope is that my series has shown the Kamba people where they are and now we have to find a way forward and out of our misery. Already it is clear that the Kamba tend to do very well far from home. Many agree also that they are very creative fellows. But on the political front they have done very poorly. Their leaders have failed to unite so as to negotiate and fight for a better life for their people. And neither has the lone ranger approach worked as stubs for the presidency by leaders from Ukambani like Charity Ngilu and Kalonzo Musyoka have yielded very little to show. Before them Paul Ngei’s repeated claim that he was the king of Ukambani did not add any isyo (Kamba staple of maize and beans) into the people’s plates.

But even before that there was the renowned ruler and medicine woman Syokimau who correctly predicted the coming of the white man. She did not try to unite the Kamba to face this coming threat. And that is one other thing about us, we love to have our predictions proved right but are hardly proactive in suggesting remedies and solutions that will come in handy in dealing with the problems we see coming. You would think after the biting famine that kept on sweeping across Ukambani for centuries, somebody would have come up with an attempted remedy of at least preparing for them. It never happened.

At the moment Kalonzo Musyoka is the leading political figure from the region who is very much interested in the presidency in 2012. Mr Musyoka needs to ask himself if his community is fully behind his bid for the presidency. Secondly he needs to put his house in order before he seeks national leadership. What kind of man leaves sufurias flying in his poverty stricken home to go to the village to seek to be chief of the entire community? While doing that he needs to appreciate the fact that things have hanged dramatically on the ground. More and more members of the community are looking at other more united communities and asking themselves why not us? Chances are that if he does not quickly reposition himself he will find that events have conspired to make him completely irrelevant in 2012 politics. It matters little that he is currently the vice president. Remember vice president Moody Awori?

Charity Ngilu has already etched her name boldly in the history of the country and can beat Musyoka easily in any political contest that is limited to Ukambani. But now at the twilight of her political career Madame Ngilu needs to sekk to make a different kind of history, Namely helping find the lost key that will unlock the Akamba people and their virgin potential.

But if you want to believe that Syokimau was right in most of her predictions then keep your eyes on a miracle of sorts in the not too distant future that will put a Kamba in State house. That’s right, she predicted that a great leader from Ukambani would make their mark nationally, after Kenyatta and Moi meaning that the day cannot be too far off.

Many thanks for reading and commenting on this series. This is my last post and I hope that it will stri up things enough to bring about much needed change in Ukambani.

Previous articles in this series:

Part 1: What future for sleepy Kenyan community?

Part 2: What is the true origin of all the suffering?

Part 3: Dangerous votes from Ukambani

Part 4: Terrible crab mentality that rules the Kamba

Part 5: Kamba athleticism and other deadly talents

Part 6: Kamba constituency that is very different from the rest

Part 7: Predictions of a coming Kamba president?

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

The famous Orkoyot who predicted the coming of the white man and the subduing of the nandi,a prophesy that has has been copied by other pretenders also predicted the presidency of the 2nd and 4th president coming from nandi speaking people.he said that though it seemed that the 2nd and 4th president would be a lemindet ie luo,it would turn out not to be so and a nandi would rule.

Anonymous said...

lol..... Chris these predictions were made by every community's medicineman/woman for one of their own to ascend to the throne, so quit banking your hopes on kalozo, ngilu, kalembe, kilonzo or any of your present colorless kamba leaders. Frankly, even your star kamba politician kalonzo stands zero chance.NEXT TOPIC PLEASE!

kumekucha said...

Anon @ 11:26

You r obviously NOT a regular here. Otherwise u wud known that just like you I KNOW that Kalonzo Musyoka is NOT presidential material.

Chris

Anonymous said...

Just stop vouching for your tribe mates @ 10.42 A.M, I know Chris is trying to endear himself with his Kamba kinsmen after many years of bashment. Now, the only way for any of the current tribal kingpins to rise to the presidency is through tribal alliances (i.e. picking their deputies strategically), I think it's too early to even contemplate what 2012 holds. And BTW the 2012 elections wlll be held in August (the dreaded month). God speed for Kenya

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:09,

You have said it with pinpoint accuracy. Chris just did this article with something 'positive' about Kamba's just to say in future, well see..I also wrote something positive about them!!
The fact that Chris hates Kambas is undeniable. I dont know whether he was abused as a child (raped?) or maybe his Kamba mother abandoned him, whatever the case, at his 50's Chris irrational rage on a whole community is suspect.
That said, I admire Kalonzo's position since everyone seems to write him off. His biggest advantage is that he has made friends on both side of the political divide and he looks harmless just like MOI in 1978.
we all know thats how MOI ascended to power and history has a cunning way of repeating itself. I will however not rain on chris predictable parade of raila's 'unassailable' presidency. Afterall, 2012 is just 16 months away.

BTW Mwarangethe,
I managed to watch the 6 videos of The Ascent of Money and I wish to say that they were very educative.
I think you are the best thing that has happened to kumekucha in a long time. Continue teaching us more coz its an eye opener. Now I look at the mud rush to buy unreasonably priced plots along the major highways with pity.

Anonymous said...

^ mad* rush

Anonymous said...

anon 7:21,

kalonzo and his katikati stance ie appeasing both sides automatically takes him out of contention for any serious leadership position - you kambas can continue letting him mislead you. I don't know about you, but i do not want a leader that has never taken a firm stand on any serious issues. that the kambas split their votes because their 'messiah' was a watermelon is well known. as well, the implementation of the constitution will require that the top leadership plus of course the wananchi that crave real reform remain extra vigilant. kalonzo does not have the qualities to make things happen. shauri yenu if you want him to be your mp, senator or governor till kingdom come.i'm sure he'll continue delivering relief food diligently.

Anonymous said...

Chris is not a kamba. I think he is that luo journalist based in ukambani.

Since you have wrttien so many negative things about kambas, why dont you tell us how the kambas compare with other tribes on those things. I will use the example of liking sex. All relevant fields of science say sex is good for you, if you are not gettting diseases. It is the missionaries (with their anti-sex religion) who brought the idea that sex is bad.

Now sex can only be bad if it is negatively affecting you. Negative effects include aids, rapes, incest, many wives and many children etc. If you wanted to be taken seriously, you would have looked at the negative effects of all the things you covered in your so called series and told us how kambas compare with other tribes.

We know your whole point was to ridicule a whole tribe because it does not appear to support your godman. And of course if you dont know we are all at the end of the day just individuals, you are not educated and cannot of course bring change in the thinking of the people who populate this territory called kenya. Predictions by "prophets" and "prophetesses" are for the uneduated maseses in the villages. I dont believe in "prophets", including the jewish prophets. What am I supposed to make of this post, except to conclude you are mocking everyone who originates from ukambani.

Ati kambas are now asking why they cant vote as a block like other tribes! It is you who is asking that. BTW unanimous voting means lack of dissent, and is a sign of lack of democrasy.

M. Pesa said...

Sometimes Kenyans in general and not just Kambas fail to see the big picture and appreciate the real facts. If we indeed took time to think as a nation, the likes of Kalonzo who boot licked Moi for decades with dedication, the likes of Kibaki who treats us with contempt and arrogance, the likes of Mutula who was Moi's lawyer and helped him stash away the loot and other turncoats dotted all over would never be anywhere near power.

Former YK92 thugs like Jirongo and Ruto etc should be living in exile or doing hard labour inside Kamiti not idling in parliament sticking their fingers inside their noses. But we as a nation are either too lazy or plain idiots to recycle really nasty piece of works for sensitive seats and expect them to perform miracles and exploit our big potential as a country. Yet we continue living a big lie. We have eyes yet we can't see, brains but we can't think and ears yet we can't listen.

I always wonder why great reformists and fighters of social justice like Wangari Muta Maathai, Martin Shikuku, Wanyiri Kihoro and others never stand a chance even when they vie for the seats. Instead we favour well known thieves, liars and cheats, yet we know very well that a leopard never changes it's spots. It's only in Kenya where nasty Kamlesh Pattni can stand for Bunge and stand a good chance of going through.

As a nation, we are sleep walking to hell blinded by our ethnicity and foolishness. Unless we change, wise up and stop being so careless, the new constitution will be just another big fat lie. A mirage, just like the lie that is vision 2030.

As for Kalonzo being the next president, well sorry folks to say this, but he stands a very good chance here in Kenya. He has all the right qualities. He served Nyayo in dictatorship for years, he's an opportunistic watermelon. He's a tribal King and can knit up a good cheering squad from other tribes. The dude has all the qualities that make a great leader. Underestimate this at your own peril. Only in Kenya!

Anonymous said...

i would rather a person who doesnt take a firm stand on issues rather than a bumbling octogenarian who preaches hate and polarises people. indeed there are many shades of gray between black and white and its always mostly idiots that languish in either extreme.

Anonymous said...

WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, RAILA COMES OUT HONESTLY!!

PM Raila says that Luo Nyanza is drowning in poverty because the residents are lazy:

"Nyanza is one of the poorest regions because people do not want to work hard. They sit and wait for leaders and Government to provide for them. This attitude should end," said the PM.

Previously we were told that they are poor because of historical injustice. Now, with this new-found frankness, there is hope for the Luo community.

Mwarang'ethe said...

I managed to watch the 6 videos of The Ascent of Money and I wish to say that they were very educative.

xxx

Well, it is nice if someone took time and watched the documentary. We can only hope many will do so and learn some vital lessons despite the ommissions in the documentary.

Please, also, a few minutes and watch this:

"Thomas Sowell on the Housing Boom and Bust."

@ http://is.gd/eXebD

NB: Watch the 1st 4 mins on what he says about his own house which costed $ 260, 000 while the insurance was only $ 60, 000.

Meanwhile, we hear the "weathermen/women" telling us that, a devastating financial "tsunami" is gathering speed because the magicians at the central banks have refused to face the truth. The truth is that, Western banks are INSOLVENT.

It would seem rather an opportune time to run to the "higher" grounds as they tell us.

xxx

But we as a nation are either too lazy or plain idiots to recycle really nasty piece of works for sensitive seats and expect them to perform miracles and exploit our big potential as a country. Yet we continue living a big lie. We have eyes yet we can't see, brains but we can't think and ears yet we can't listen.

xxx

Kenya is headed NOWHERE, but, downhill. We are reading that:

"supporters of former cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae are touting him as the best choice to represent them in the Senate, since he has been the most senior politician from the community."

We are also reading that:

"Among the Maasai, long-serving politician and Heritage Minister William ole Ntimama is also said to have staked his claim on the Narok Senate position."

Also, we are reading that,

"Another category of leaders said to be eyeing the Senate are the soon-to-be-jobless senior civil servants. This group is said to include Attorney General Amos Wako who will leave office at the end of one year. Wako is said to be keenly eyeing Busia County as Senator."

@ http://is.gd/eXdTG

Kenyans have accepted the "wisdom" that, if we create jobs for these guys in the Senate, Counties, we will turn out fine. What a delusion!

xxx

As a nation, we are sleep walking to hell blinded by our ethnicity and foolishness. Unless we change, wise up and stop being so careless, the new constitution will be just another big fat lie. A mirage, just like the lie that is vision 2030.

xxx

If you visited Greece and especially Athens in 2003, there was massive construction projects (as we see around in Kenya these days under Vision 2030).

To the casual observers, Greece had taken off. We hear the same music being played in Kenya today.

Well, we now know Greece may be on verge of civil war due the austerity measures demanded by its creditors. We are reading this:

"EU austerity policies risk civil war in Greece, warns top German economist Dr Sinn."

@ http://is.gd/eXdBB

Philip said...

Mwarangethe,

Thanks for your insightful comment. So what are the immediate measures that Kenyans should take under the new constitution?

Anonymous said...

Mwarengethe,

I know the kenyan mentality steeped in ethnicity and irrationality, but I always wonder why the two leading newspapers cant do better. I mean they are the ones feeding us all these stories about who will be senator and governor. It's like that is all they want people to think about. Is it because they are part of the select few who benefit from the collective stupidity of kenyans.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to say that the newspapers also want us to believe that only raila, kalonzo, uhuru, ruto, mudavadi and others in the coalition gava can become president. Why?

Anonymous said...

Prof.Ayiecho olweny has asked luos to give birth to as many children as possible to boost luo numbers, in view of the results of the last census. Chris should go and follow what a whole profesa from his community has advised, instead of writing about kambas. Now there is some good use of sex.

Mwarang'ethe said...

Anonymous said...
Mwarengethe,

I know the kenyan mentality steeped in ethnicity and irrationality, but I always wonder why the two leading newspapers cant do better.

xxx

Lest you forget this. The "mainstream" media is not there to educate/enlighten us.

It is there PRIMARILY, to stupify us. In other words, makes us obedient/passive, but, productive serfs.

If that is the way it is, we must then ask, why is this? It is this.

Information has been subtly monopolised through the structure of the communications industry and the financial power of the three primary subtle monopolies which are:

(a) Land through the total tax structure,

(b) money via the structure of the banking laws, and

(c) technology via the patent laws.

In other words, the modern media, schools/universities, politicians, church, NGO's are all working for these monopolies and not us.

Were it not for this blog of our brother Chris, you will not hear of any alternative to these bullshit they are giving us.

In other words, they lock us into weird belief systems which we think are normal and thereby, act accordingly because, if you control men's thinking, you need not worry about their actions.

xxx

Thanks for your insightful comment. So what are the immediate measures that Kenyans should take under the new constitution?

xxx

We would wish to be optimistic, but, it will be a lie. As we have shown, from Japan, UK to USA, the modern state's philosophical foundations are UNJUST and EXPLOITATIVE.

Think about this for a while. You plant your coffee tree, take care of it for 3 years. When you harvest the beans after all that donkey work, you exchange it for a piece of paper called dollar which costs an American only the cost of printing ink and paper.

Surely, with our economy grounded on such SLAVERY TERMS, how can we be optimistic?

Let us face us, we are slaves and our monetary system as well as land system are the modern chains. Without cutting these chains, we do not see how we can escape tyranny and its consequences.

Let us also look at this issue from a business perspective. When Zain lowered its tariff, it caused a commotion.

The mobile phone users are migrating to Zain from Safaricom so as to pay less money and thereby, RETAIN money into their pockets.

Now, let us look at the issue when we come to construct a government. In our new constitution, we have added the number of mps, senators, governors and many other posts.

Surely, if we have created all these posts, we have to fund them. Obviously, we will be left with less money to spend in our pockets.

Now, if we react to Zain's move by crossing so as to save, why is it that, when it comes to government issues, we act otherwise?

Anonymous said...

Mwarangethe,

I agree with that in the long-term this new system of government is going to be too expensive to maintain.

However, I beg to differ with your assertion that the medium of exchange (money) is blame for the coffee farmers getting reaped-off for the hard work that it takes to produce. You are not being genuine is your analysis.

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'ethe,

You are right with respect to the the numbers of parasites (senators, governors and MPs etc.) this constitution has created who must feed on our blood. I shudder to thnk that ODM was even fighting to create three layers of govt with more parasites.

What of the ODM's argument that we can fund all these parasites from our savings from anti-corruption recovery/savings????

Anonymous said...

It's true the governance structure we adopted is the better evil compared to what we had before, but I shudder, did we have to get 47 counties (47 senetors, 47 governors, 47 county legislatures replete with their own budgets). We should have mantained 47 senetors but only 8 regions with 8 governors and 8 regional governments. NKT

Mwarang'ethe said...

However, I beg to differ with your assertion that the medium of exchange (money) is blame for the coffee farmers getting reaped-off for the hard work that it takes to produce. You are not being genuine is your analysis.

9/6/10 11:38 AM

xxx

It is fine that, you disagree. With time, we shall explore how the scam works in depth.

However, we ask thee, after reviewing this story in all possible angles, what do you conclude?

The story reads: "Mystery trader buys all Europe's cocoa."

@ http://is.gd/eXYge

Anonymous said...

I cannot forecast when or if the colonial edifice, state house, will ever be occupied by an industrious native son or a creative daughter from Ukambani.

All I can do is reiterate that the Akamba are a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key for the redevelopment of Ukambani and restoration to its glorious past, circa 1744-1800s. The key will be found in Ukambani regional interests as opposed to any national interests such as the vain hope of occupying the colonial edifice.

The responsibility for reviving the one time mighty economic soul of Ukambani as well as its acumen for long-distance trading that once thrived and extended into far away places like Nubia, Abyssinia, Kongo, Chagga, Sultanate of Sennar, Sultanate of Zanzibar, et al, should not be passed on beyond present day Ukambani.

WHY?

The BUCK STOPS in UKAMBANI. Therefore any strategic house cleaning in Masaku and Mwingi must begin in Ukambani by the Akamba, for the Akamba and under a rejuvinated Akamba leadership, and not from the old fireplace in the state house by the time Kalonzo, or Ngilu, or Kalembe gets there by default.

Any future economic and political progress will have to emanate from the combined and united effort of concerned and progressive Akamba.

Kalonzo Musyoka may manage to become the next occupant of the state house on one condition; if he miraculously interprets the fate of the chief cup bearer and the chief baker, including the significance of seven years of political abudance and seven years of political famine during the Second Republic.

Mwarang'ethe said...

What of the ODM's argument that we can fund all these parasites from our savings from anti-corruption recovery/savings????

9/6/10 11:50 AM


xxx

What a joke? There SHALL be no end to corruption. In fact, it will get worse.

Essentially, one can get rich via two means. By acquiring STATIC RENT or DYNAMIC RENT.

Our economic structure allows only capturing of static rent (remember Mau, Karura forest?), and hereby, corruption comes in. In this scheme of things, corruption is the solution and not a problem.

In any case, even if it were that, we can reduce corruption, we would say this. Any saved revenue should remain with Kenyans who produce wealth and not be given to useless parasites.

Kenyans must not be seen as men and women who wake to work so as to feed politicians.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10.31pm. Those are russians, according to churchill. Are you saying kambas are like russians? Many russians are poor, despite the weight their country carries around the world. But they have beautiful chiles, who want to dominate the sex trade and tennis.

Anonymous said...

"Nyanza is one of the poorest regions because people do not want to work hard. They sit and wait for leaders and Government to provide for them. This attitude should end," said the PM.

I AGREE. FOREIGN INVESTORS BROUGHT IN BY THE MBUTAS SHOULD BE ASKED TO LEAVE LUO NYANZA SO THAT PEOPLE CAN DRIVE THEIR OWN DEVELOPMENT. JUST LOOK AT WHAT THE PM AND HIS MZUNGU BUDDIES HAVE DONE TO PEOPLE:
http://www.pbs.org/pov/goodfortune/

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 1:37 AM

Let's not forget the topic (bigger picture) at hand, which is the "Predictions of a Coming Kamba President?"

BTW, the quote in italics is one of Winston Churchhill's famous quotes, issued in October 1939 while he was referring to the Soviets - the people of the USSR - at the time and not the Russians - people from present day Russia as we have come to know it in the post Cold War era.

Russia, a nation which has adjusted itself to the point where capitalims is viewed as a friend of the people and not the enemy of the comrades.

IMHO, the Akamba are our present day Soviets and the rest of the Kenyan world is waiting for the present day Russians of Ukambani to emerge with a robust economy.

Ukambani region is awash with natural resources that are waitting to be exploited in a constructive and equitable manner, so the regional economy and the standard of living can be uplifted from its current conundrum - ( a "drum from Konun"). lol!

Shall we say, "the Akamba are an enigma wrapped in a conundrum" while they/we await the "Predications of a Coming Kamba President" to be realised in an era - post August 27th, 2010 - whose time has come?

Anonymous said...

Some of you can be so funny at times with your innuendo jokes. Ati Russians have beautiful chiles who want to domiante the sex trade and tennis?

On a sombre note, the two sports may be their only ticket out of grinding poverty and a world with very limited opportunities.

Talk of the likes of Natasha and Sharapova rising from relative obscurity to worldwide recognition.

Philip said...

Anon 4:09

I agree with you that "Ukambani region is awash with natural resources that are waiting to be exploited in a constructive and equitable manner"

Unfortunately it's not happening. Bamburi, East African Portland, Athi River Mining Limited are all in Ukambani and they will exploit those resources, and as usual, Kambas will get nothing from it, maybe few Kamba puppets like the famous politicians will get something.

I once lived in Ukambani in an area that you could tell was a swamp because you couldn't walk beyond one metre before finding a shell. It's now one of the driest region thanks to all the charcoal that Ukambani feeds Nairobi with reckless abandon.

Maybe Mwarangethe needs to tell us more of what we need to do because it's not only Ukambani but the rest of Kenya will soon face the same problem or are already facing or have already faced the same problem.

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'ethe,

I think you would agree that financial derivatives, such as futures and options, traded in an exchange play a pivotal role in the price discovery process. In the article that you forwarded, what the trade bought futures contracts of cocoa beans but opted to take physical delivery instead of a cash settlement at the expiration of the contract. Remember their are two sides to contract. The trader is clearly long cocoa, meaning he expects the prices to rise, and the sell short meaning he expects the price to fall.

The trade has its risks because at the end of the contract if prices fall then he will lose money.

You, me and the farmer in so choosing can also participate in the futures market if we choose to. But since we are risk averse, we only envy people who are comfortable taking on risk.

Mwarang'ethe said...

I agree with you that "Ukambani region is awash with natural resources that are waiting to be exploited in a constructive and equitable manner"

xxx

It is not the presence or the absence of natural resources that count. It is the ability to produce wealth that is critical. Look at Japan and Europe for instance. These continents have no resources.

Very regretably, as we have structured our governance system in our wonderful new laws, there will be no meaningful wealth creation.

By the way Philip, what do you think of the idea that, after we have come up with a wonderful constitution, we are now asking foreign "experts" to help us draft implementing laws?

xxx

I think you would agree that financial derivatives, such as futures and options, traded in an exchange play a pivotal role in the price discovery process.

xxx

Yes, we do agree with your observations. However, the main issue we wanted to raise here is about money.

The main issue is, what does it:

(a) cost African farmers to produce their cocoa?

(b) cost the BOE to produce £ 600 m?

If you answer the above questions, you will be staring at the formula for WEALTH APPROPRIATION via monetary systems from the poor to the rich.

The day Africans will wake up to this SLAVERY, the Heavens will rejoice.

More so, in cornering the cocoa market, (we have seen these stuff in silver before) he creates no wealth.

This is at the heart of our economic mess because, we are creating money (who creates our money by the way) not for productive ventures where jobs and real wealth come from, but, for speculation in land, stocks, currencies and commodities.

Yes, we may speculate as much as we want, but, we do not eat currencies and land.

More so, when we speculate like this, we are just expanding our claim for EXISTING wealth, without expanding it. As a result, as a society, we end being poorer.

Anonymous said...

United Kingdom: Coal,
petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, lead, zinc,
gold, tin, limestone, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum
France-- coal, iron ores, bauxite, and
uranium; petroleum
Holland--- natural gas, petroleum, peat,
limestone, salt, sand and gravel, arable
Belgium —: Construction
Materials, Silica Sand, Carbonates
Italy —: Coal, mercury,
zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos,
pumice, fluorspar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), ...
Germany —: Coal, lignite,
natural gas, iron ore, copper, nickel,
uranium, potash, salt, construction
materials, ...
Russia--iron ore, manganese, chromium,
nickel, platinum, titanium, copper, tin, lead,
tungsten, diamonds, phosphates, and gold,
and the forests of Siberia contain an
estimated one-fifth of the world's timber

Russia also has extensive petroleum & gas reserves (they heat western europe). Japan has timber reserves in their forests as they gobble up wood from South America, SE Asia, & Africa.

Probably what you meant to say is they don't have enough resources for their needs which made them turn to imperialism in centuries past.

Bobby6Killer

Anonymous said...

I am sure that many business people from Ukambani will join other Kenyans in demanding that those "nderifatifus" (derivatives) be kept on the back burners for a while before being introduced onto the trading markets on Kariokor Street.

Given the recent volatile history of the American financial markets, we the people prefer to be paid out in the time honoured tradition of "bail out" by the powers that be.

Let's say, some 10 trillion dollars and more (in bail out money) will keep us afloat for while as we learn to familiarize ourselves with the underhanded workings of todays financial markets.

Anonymous said...

"Alas, it is much easier to grade eggs than to lay eggs."

Lost in translation, "it is so easy to talk about a theorectical construct that represents economic processes than it is to be involved in laying a strong economic foundation."

Anonymous said...

Very Interesting!
Thank You!

Philip said...

"By the way Philip, what do you think of the idea that, after we have come up with a wonderful constitution, we are now asking foreign "experts" to help us draft implementing laws?"

It's very sad.

Mwarangethe, hope you have written something that reflects all your comments. I think more and more people have started understanding your arguements on Money, Land and Wealth Creation. You never know how far this can change the country especially when more people understand.

Philip said...

I rarely watch news nowadays. Despite this everytime I watch I'm normally dissapointed. The reason some Ministers, Politicians, Former Ministers, AG, Former PCs e.t.c have started eyeing Governor and Senate seats is because they expect this will have more pay than what our MPs are earning.

One area that needs to be changed if our constitution is to be implemented is the salary of our MPs. This is because their salary will affect the salary of Governors and Senators. If our MPs will still get their pay of Kshs 800,000 then lets know that Senators, and maybe Governors will get more than Kshs 1.3 million.

For sure the battle has just started, unfortunately we have decided to put the enemy of the people, our politicians, at the forefront of this battle, so that in the end we end up fighting wrong things.

Philip said...

As long as we leave our current politicians to implement this constitution they will play politics with it and whatever they will implement will be to their advantage, and not for the common good of the people of Kenya, such that in the end the people of Kenya will loose more than they could have lost if we had remained with our current politicians.

The success of the constitution will depend first of all on all of us changing our attitudes. As long as we remain with attitude of negative ethnicity; as long as we still think Raila is better than so and so, or Kalonzo is better than so and so; we will loose focus and later we'll also say "Not Yet Uhuru".

We need to separate ourselves completely from current leadership in order to implement the constitution. Any area that is people's friendly is likely not to be implemented.

The battle has just started.

Mwarang'ethe said...

Philip said...

As long as we leave our current politicians to implement this constitution they will play politics with it and whatever they will implement will be to their advantage, and not for the common good of the people of Kenya, such that in the end the people of Kenya will loose more than they could have lost if we had remained with our current politicians.

xxx

Well, we hope you are watching what they are planning to do with provincial administration.

From the look of things, and we must say we are not surprised at all, Kenyans will have to pay taxes to maintain their so called governors, local parliaments etc and still pay more taxes to maintain PC's and DC's who will be given another title.

So, if the central government will be all over, what is the meaning of this so called devolution?

It is another lie which Kenyans have refused to see. This katiba is Kenyan's new road to serfdom.

Many days we wrote on this blog these words:

"... what we have sought to explain is this. Law makers are only known to invent new taxes and only conquer the pockets of their subjects."

The answer we got was we want a new katiba sasa! You are utopian! Soon, Kenyans will realise how practical we are.

Philip said...

Corrections please. This is what I meant.

As long as we leave our current politicians to implement this constitution they will play politics with it and whatever they will implement will be to their advantage, and not for the common good of the people of Kenya, such that in the end the people of Kenya will loose more than they could have lost if we had remained with our current constitution.

King Nebuchadenazzar said...

Let me prophesy here in Kumekucha with my eyes open:

The 4th President of Kenya will be from Ukambani!!!!!!!

x

Anonymous said...

The next president will be a compromise candidate, one who occupies the middle ground. That rules out the extremist thug from Bondo. By the way, why were the doctors in Italy examining his head again?

Anonymous said...

I am tired of getting here to find the same,old and stale post.Is the policy to live on weekend specials only?

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'ethe,

Please contribute an article!!! Since weekend no new posts.

Anonymous said...

Ask not why the same, old, and stale post still occupies precious space and frontpage at Kumekucha?

But ask how many good articles and posts have you contributed to Kumekucha?

How many times are you prepared to contribute one good article - in a week, a month, every six months or once a year - for Kumekucha readership?

It's all about GIVING and TAKING, and we should not get used to taking, taking, taking, and taking, without giving, without contributing ideas, views, opinions, nuggets of wisdom, a variety of diasporan and Kenyan experiences among other relevant topics, subjects, issues and what have you, once in a while.

Get in touch with Chris @Kumekucha, because if we don't contribute worthwhile articles, or relevant, constructive and engaging posts, then who will?

And if we don't do it now, when will we be able?

NB There are more agendas competing for local and national action, why not share some of them with Kumekucha?

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'ethe,

I have a question for you regarding "fish economics and national budget". I may bring it to your attention in the immediate future. So ready yourself as usual.

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Anonymous said...

@Kumekucha,

Reminder: Don't forget to profile some of Africa's greatest daughters and sons, especially those who lost their lives so that others may live in freedom and in a better environment - continent - than the one they left behind.
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Philip said...

Wakenya wenzangu,

There is a lot that we need to do. I've been reading news and the following are the conclusions I've made.

As long as our MPs and presidents are paid highly we'll never easily get a true leader in those seats. At the moment we have thieves fighting with thieves to occupy these seats.

The new constitution is quickly regenerating to a white paper with black ink and nothing more. The same thieves are looking for ways to make more money out of it.

Most likely the posts of Senators, Governors and now I've heard something called CEO of counties, will be occupied by the same thieves, or the thieves we voted out before.

So what's the solution?

As I said earlier the first solution is with us, we need to change our attitude. Our leaders/thieves generally like people like the anonymouses here who will always abuse either Raila, Kalonzo or Kibaki. Every-time they are in trouble they will hide behind such people, knowing very well that such people will provide the best defense for their atrocities.

The second solution depends on the success of the first. As long as we have the same thieves they'll always fight against whatever solution, whether good for the common mwananchi, we have. They'll fight against any solution that will not make them make more money. This is where Mwarangethe will need to come in.

Philip said...

Hongera Chris,

It's time to build Kenya together. I think you have made a bold step to start moderating comments here.

Mwarang'ethe said...

Philip said...
Wakenya wenzangu,

There is a lot that we need to do. I've been reading news and the following are the conclusions I've made.

xxx

As we have said before, this "new constitution" is the new road to serfdom.

As concerns devolution, our views have been this. We fully support devolution. However, what we have is not devolution/federalism. It is a sick joke. How a small and poor nation can have 47 governors and parliaments paid from our meager wealth is beyond understanding. Kenyans think otherwise. Time will tell.

On top of that, we shall have "reformed" and BETTER PAID provincial administration. If you doubt, we are reading this at DN.

“We are just changing the titles of PCs but their jobs remain intact, the rest, including DCs, DOs and chiefs, are not affected at all, their jobs are secure,” Mr Ojode.

Some, including the so called COE are saying retention of the PC's is not in order. We ask, are these these lawyers, liers or simply idiots? In their "new constitution" they write this:

"Within five years after the effective date, the national government shall RESTRUCTURE the system of administration known as the provincial administration to accord with and respect the system of devolved government established under this Constitution."

To many Kenyans, they expect the PCs to go. No, no they are going nowhere.

The new law does not require the system to be ABOLISHED, but, only RESTRUCTURED. A 1 st law student ought to understand RESTRUCTURING of a company for instance, does not and cannot mean to ABOLISH it, but, not our "constitutional experts."

But, the ultimate question is, why would the GOK have the guts to do all this?

Simply because, it has the MONEY PRINTER which allows it to expand the govt. as it may wish while fastening yokes or holding a gun on the unborn and defenceless with DEBTS.

As to the way forward, we can only say this. We have authored a number of article here on KK showing the way forward.

However, to implement what we have proposed will require not amendments, but, a new constitution. How that will happen in less than 50 - 100 years, we do not know.

Finally, we leave with James Madison (Fourth President of the United States) wise observations:

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both."

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