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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Terrible Truth About Kenyan Drivers

The police are yet to release figures for this month but the old ghost of tragic road accidents seems to be rearing her ugly head yet again. Statistics for this year so far show that in Nairobi county alone 3 people are killed daily in road accidents! Particularly on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, Thika Highway and Mombasa road where up to 20 people are killed weekly!(see report) This is pretty shocking especially if the statistics are accurate because it would be a true reflection of the terrible truth that something is DEADLY wrong with Kenyan drivers and the type of DEATH driving we unapologetically flaunt on our roads day in day out

In the midst of all these horrific road accidents one thing remains crystal clear in Kenya: - the government is BANKRUPT of ideas for taming the killer Kenyan driver and his/her massacring ways. The average Kenyan driver blatantly refuses to see, hear or speak EVIL of the "death driving" culture which is basically the lack of 100% enforcement and compliance with the infamous "Michuki rules". Forget about the excuse that Michuki's rules can only be enforced by Michuki being brought back to the transport docket. Kenyans are not dying because transport ministry is in the hands of Mwakwere; Kenyans are dying because nobody cares to follow the rules whether or not they are enforced by a Michuki or a Mwakwere as transport minister

I hold no brief for Mwakwere;
indeed his ministry was recently rated the worst performing in the latest public institutions' performance scorecard.However we as Kenyans are not exempt from blame either; where government enforces rules we must comply with them. Our dangerous mentality of: - "this is Kenya so it's your own fault if you don't know how to acceleate super fast and handle the performance of your motor vehicle at incredible high speeds withot being careless and killing yourself in the process" must change for the better. Driving courteously on the road is not just for trying to impress your driving instructor, it's meant to save lives. And the typical matatu driver and their flying monkey stunts and antics should not be a reason to goad anyone into engaging in Safari Rally competition driving in the city center and surrounding outskirts.

Yes you cannot legislate the will of the people but make no mistake car accidents are almost always caused by human error full stop. Speed governors and passenger safety belts and competent vehicles cannot fulfill their purpose if we continue to hold onto our "drive fast or die trying" mentality Every human being on the face of the planet fit the profile of a driver likely to be involved in a crash, no one is are exempt from causing death on the road simply because you have passed your driving test and hold a valid government driver's license. Unless you understand that your life is in the balance every time you step into that motor vehicle, you will never be able to drive carefully and stay safe on the road. Over to you Kenyans and OLE WENU

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

"…the government is BANKRUPT of ideas for dealing with taming the killer Kenyan driver and his/her massacring ways…"

That caught my eyes.

Can you not read between those lines and see an opportunity, see an invention, see advanced transportation system, upgraded rail network… etc, etc.

Mwarang'ethe my friend, where are thou art?

This is a great post to throw some great ideas. (I will be back later with mine)

I am so pleased Luke you highlighted this problem in Kenya, maybe Kenyans will start to dream for a better transport system. It's about time.

Btw Luke, I like your name…very much! Because its reminds me of Luke the Physician, the Disciple and the Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible. He was a great man and I admire him so much.
I hope you live-up to this name.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a nationwide automated tracking system for habitual traffic violators, reformed judicial system, independent traffic courts with real teeth, honest police officers, vigilant citizens and road users, and mandatory minimum prison sentence of six months to a year would inject some much needed sense, and very valuable driving lessons into the heads and what remains in the minds of so many Kenya's hasty drivers of death.

Anonymous said...

This Kenyan naomba si(e)rikali itusaidie mentality surely have to stop. When will Kenyans start taking responsibility for their actions without expecting the GOK to intimidate them all the time into following the law like children?
Luke has failed to point out a glaring fact that half the road fatalities are caused by some people failing to cross the road at the fly overs especially in highways. How does the govt that has built a flyover few metres to where you are trying to play bolt with incoming vehicles take the blame for your eventual demise or dissability? Are we supposed to have traffic cops manning everywhere? How many times especially along the Nairobi Nakuru highway do you see adults jumping over the 1 meter barrier to cross the road in clearly dangerous places while there is a flyover some 30 meters away?
I am not saying drivers are angels, actually far from it, but trying to hang the chains of road carnage on the government and the drivers is insincere.
Actually calling for GOK's intervention will result to more taxes if the GOK decides to introduce more checks to the transport sector. Imagine if the GOK introduces compulsory refresher courses and issues new DL's with gradings (depending on the number of accidents) like they do in some developed countries? It means other than DL renewal, a driver will have to part with more cash for the extra new requirements. Before you propose some things, looks at the bigger picture.
The culture of irresponsibility by drivers, passengers who refuse to use seat belts and careless pedestrians will have to stop if we are to expect less road carnage.
Kenyans need to be resocialized into obeying the law not because they can be arrested if they dont but because its the right thing to do. If we do this, even the new generation will naturally fit into this cultur of national responsibilities. Otherwise, we can continue the blame games as the "road" continues to claim more lives.

KP

Anonymous said...

Majority of the people follow the rules not because they respect them, but due to the fact that they afraid of getting caught and penalized.

Instituting dire consequences and enforcing stiffer penalities for traffic violations will take time but force people to obey the rules in the end.

As for the people who follow the herd menatlity, by crossing where they are not supposed to, let them be informed that it's their fault if they get hit by vehicles while sneaking through restricted zones.

They should be dealt with by the city police aka "city council askaris" and not by the regular police who have other asignments or emergencies to attend to.

The city police or council askaris should be the ones responsible for maintaining and enforcing the city by-laws as was the case in the olden days when people were arrested and fined for littering, trespassing, public nuisance, spitting or unrinating in public, etc.

Anonymous said...

KP ameunleash bonga points.
Watu waache kuwa kondoo kufuatiliwa na polisi kila mahali.
Luke, an agemate of the pensioner is still reasoning like a dude of the 70's.

Anonymous said...

This post sounds like a metaphor describing Raila Odinga's life and times and future. What a pity. Anyway, you're right though, it's a menu of things that need to be done starting from individual responsibility through to accountability among law enforcers. My best to Kenyans.

Anonymous said...

Why are so anally retentive about Luke's age and "the Pensioner"? What's it with your obsession about age? How old are you and when will you get to be a seventy-year old pensioner?

Mwarang'ethe said...

Can you not read between those lines and see an opportunity, see an invention, see advanced transportation system, upgraded rail network… etc, etc.

Mwarang'ethe my friend, where are thou art?

xxxx

Well, we are not very much worried about speeding Matatus.

We are more worried about a TROJAN HORSE called BILL GATES.

It seems to us that, he will kill MILLIONS of the HUNTED RACE and therefore, we ought to be more worried about him than our MAD Matatus.

NB: As concerns our accidents, it is impossible to understand a Kenyan if you remove his individual behavior from his SOCIAL set up. That is all we can say about this issue.

Back to Trojan Horse:

Sample this:

"Infection surge raises doubts over Gates' plan to beat malaria
Reduced immunity and mosquitoes' growing resistance to insecticide blamed."

The SUDDEN RESURGENCE of malaria in part of West AFRICA after a campaign successfully reduced transmission has raised alarm about the global strategy to eliminate the disease that claims almost one MILLIONS lives a year.

Growing resistance to a common insecticide used against mosquitoes, combined with FALLING IMMUNITY among the population [AFRICANS] as transmission declined, appears to have triggered a rebound in the disease."

Source: http://is.gd/7cBOD4

Is there a clue to this SUDDEN LOSS of IMMUNITY to malaria by the HUNTED RACE after being given FREE vaccines by this man? Let us see:

"Bill Gates Admits Vaccines Are Used for Human Depopulation."

http://is.gd/zy1iUu

xxx

Are vaccines are meant to increase population (FACTOR P) by preventing some fatal diseases? Or, a means of reducing population (FACTOR P)?

Since we never entered CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SCHOOLS OF GENOCIDE, LIES, MURDER, RAPE, ROBBERY and FRAUD, we have no idea to the question.

We therefore, leave to the GRADUATES of CCS of GENOCIDE, LIES, MURDER, ROBBERY, FRAUD and RAPE to help us with some answers.

As we wait, we are off to enjoy:

Lord, must it be this always,

The use MONEY and PENALISE the POOR,

Only PROMISES reach US,

http://is.gd/SIPDqi

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'the,

I was calling on you to discuss those things I aforementioned there. (Invention, advanced transport network...)

I don't like to discuss anything with anyone with a victim mentality (like YOU), I like progressive people.
You wonder why Africa is a laughing stock for the rest of the world - it's because of people like you who always like to play race card.
When you see these avoidable matatus accidents, it is what the black race knows the best, and that is to DESTROY themselves. If not by bows and arrows, pangas, beheading, stabbings, mugging, shooting, raping, looting, robbery, fraud, witchcraft, corruption...it through careless driving... this while you and the so-called professors of Kumekucha continue to play race card, colonial card and endless imperialism card!

May I ask, is it Mzungus or the colonialists who are driving these matatus that are killing Kenyans?

Mzungu erected one of the master piece of engineering works ever done in East Africa, the Kenya-Uganda railway, and what did you do with it? Nothing! Have you ever thought of upgrading this major important line that link Kenya and the rest of East Africa? Nope! Apart from uprooting this line whenever there is siasa and then laying it back, what other works have you ever done to this line?

And what happened to the other railway lines that linked Central Kenya?
I remember couple of years ago going to Nairobi railway station and asked for "natafuta gari la moshi la kuenda Nyeri", they all looked me like I am a ghost.
Even the railway line that link Nairobi to my hometown of Ruiru also disappeared.

Mwarang'ethe said...

May I ask, is it Mzungus or the colonialists who are driving these matatus that are killing Kenyans?

xxx

What did you make of this statement:

"NB: As concerns our accidents, it is impossible to understand a Kenyan if you remove his individual behavior from his SOCIAL set up. That is all we can say about this issue."

We shall see your level of thinking.

xxx

Mzungu erected one of the master piece of engineering works ever done in East Africa, the Kenya-Uganda railway, and what did you do with it? Nothing! Have you ever thought of upgrading this major important line that link Kenya and the rest of East Africa?

xxx

Does it require us to go into DEBTS to the West to upgrade this railway?

Mwarang'ethe said...

Mzungu erected one of the master piece of engineering works ever done in East Africa, the Kenya-Uganda railway, and what did you do with it? Nothing!

xxx

Before you pen anything, you better read this first. DRC was trying to revive those master piece of Belgium. And, what happened?

"China Trade With Congo Sabotaged by IMF."

The central African country has put a $3-billion chunk of infrastructure investments by their Chinese partners ”on the back-burner” to satisfy objections by the IMF that the agreement will add to Congo’s $11-billion external debt, said Ekanga, the executive-secretary of the Coordination and Monitoring Office for the Sino-Congolese Program.

Last year’s agreement gives four Chinese companies including state-owned Sinohydro Corp. and China Railway Engineering Corp. rights over more than 10 million metric tons of copper deposits and 600,000 tons of cobalt. In turn, they were to invest $6 billion in building roads, railways, hospitals and schools to help President Joseph Kabila live up to election promises. A further $3 billion will go into the joint mining project.

IMF Managing-Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn last week said Congo wouldn’t qualify for $10 billion in debt relief and another $500 million in financial support until the agreement is altered.

Difficult Position

“The IMF is putting us in a difficult position because they want to cut our investment,” Ekanga said. “It’s a loss for us.”

Source: http://is.gd/ytVeNa

NB: Now, go ahead and prove to us your a FOOLISH GRADUATE of IVY LEAGUE of FOOLS please.

Anonymous said...

Mwarngethe asked..

"Does it require us to go into DEBTS to the West to upgrade this railway?"

Of course not!

Kenya like the rest of Africa is a very resourcesful country. We don't need to borrow, all we need is to manage our resources properly.
Do u know last year and this year Kenya Tourism generated revenue more than any all other African countries combined (except S.Africa). Infact it was among the top 20 destinations ranked among Rome, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Maldives, Caribbeans, Spain, Portugal.

Mwarang'ethe said...

Mwarngethe asked..

"Does it require us to go into DEBTS to the West to upgrade this railway?"

Of course not

xxx

Are the dollars we get via tourism even enough to buy our medicine and energy so that we can spare some for railways?

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'the

Please I beg you not mention DRC in this civilised blog...or at least to me.

PLEASE

DRC is a country as large as Western Europe, and potentially the richest country in the world.

1)DRC is the world's largest producer of Cobalt. Cobalt is used in Laptops and Mobile Phones, and this is where the Chinese comes in.

2)DRC has 70% of the world’s coltan, and more than 30% of the world's diamond reserves

3)DRC is amajor producer of copper and industrial diamonds.
4)DRC possesses 50 percent of Africa's forests and a river system that could provide hydro-electric power to the entire continent.

That's the positive side of DRC

Here is the dark side.

1)DRC is one of the last ranks among the countries on the Corruption Perception Index.

2)Rape is a religion in DRC – Women are discriminated against, harassed, gang-raped at gun-points.

3)Child soldiers is the order of Congolese society

4)Malnutrition despite the Congolese soil being the best in Africa

5)Human right abuse – Unimaginable brutality.

6)Congo has the world's second-highest rate of infant mortality

7) Congo has the highest number of refugees and asylum-seekers living abroad.

8)Miltia controls much of DRC mining.
9)Civil war after another

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'the @ 6:38 AM

At least now we are debating.

Indeed dollars we get from Tourism are not enough for anything infact.
And this is where I want you to open up your eyes and see...

You like talking (or writing shall I say) about the Roman Empire but you fail to understand how it rose to become the cornerstone of world civilization.
Let me give you an overview; Roman Empire was a civilization that grew out of a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 10th century BC.

Please note it started out as a small agricultural community.

My question is how did this small washambas rose to become so mighty and would later civilize the whole of Europe. How did these Jogoo wa Shambas civilize the British whom you hate so much. BTW the British were the most uncivilized people before the Romans, they lived in mud huts, walked bare-footed, never had a bath or shower, lived in small villages, did not have roads...na kadhalikas. The Germans were even worse; they were the last people to taste civilization and the last to convert to Christianity.

How did they do it?

Anonymous said...

anon 7:33am,

You want Mwarang'ethe to help you do your highschool history assignment?
Maneno na panganga mingi wacha, if you have something to say, sema without resulting to rhetorics. Kumekucha is a blog not a chat forum.
Nkts!!

Mwarang'ethe said...

Let me give you an overview; Roman Empire was a civilization that grew out of a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 10th century BC.

Please note it started out as a small agricultural community.

My question is how did this small washambas rose to become so mighty and would later civilize the whole of Europe.

xxx

They rose the same way Spain rose by killing almost 20 million Indian Americans for not bringing GOLD and SILVER or not working hard enough.

The same way Britain, an island rose by PIRATING Spanish GOLD and SILVER which SPAIN had cut hands of Indians to get.

The same way Britain invaded India and robbed it of all its GOLD and SILVER and HANGED INDIANS on their ships as a lesson to those other Indians who would resist the CIVILIZERS of mankind.

They rose the same way Britain rose by BLOCKING INDIAN exports which were then SUPERIOR to British, by military/robbery means and exporting its CRAP to India.

They rose the same way Britain rose by poisoning the Chinese with OPIUM and went to 2 wars to ensure Chinese understood the meaning of FREE TRADE in OPIUM.

In other words, they rose just the same way any STUPID/IGNORANT/FOOLISH/BARBARIC ROBBER would rise by ROBBING you at gun point after working very hard.

Any other question?

The simple thing is this. To end the road carnage, we need modern transport systems.

However, should we wish to fund such, we shall meet imperialists.

As such, without understanding that, the chaos on our road stems from imperial designs, you are talking SHIT and going nowhere. However, since most of us are deceived we are free, we waste time talking nonsense.

You need to have a holistic understanding of our modern world works/does not work and why and who benefits and not just yap nonsense that you read in your papers.

And, if you want to see how this ignorance can be expensive, check the New Constitution.

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'the,

I do not argue with fools. And you have proven to me you are just hot air with a big victim mentality.

If people are gonna look up unto you and think you have anything to offer, then I pity Kenyans, I really do.

Actually I am begining to think "Oracle" was right about you. (though I hated him)

Have u ever heard British complain about Romans, have u ever heard Spaniards complain about the British.
Yet we hear again and again these blacks (...) who have nothing to offer to this world, play race card aka victim mentality.

Indians moved on long time ago from colonialism, other countries like Singapore moved on long time ago and prospered...sadly Africans are still singing the same old song, Mzungu Mzungu...

My final question before I am done with you:
Ethiopia is the among the oldest countries in the world, it was not colonialized, it tasted the early civilization, it was the first empire to convert to Christianity (even before the Romans) before any Europeans, so why is Ethiopia today the least developed country in the world?
Why are Ethiopians still living in mud huts, doing subsitence farming?

Anonymous said...

Luke,
I think we should just stick with our ancestors' mode of transport and that is WALKNG and donkeys.

At least we will not hear anymore road accidents PLUS we will redeem our enviroment from pollution and dengeneration of global warming effects.
Plus fat people will loose weight more faster and healthier.

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Mwarang'ethe said...

Indians moved on long time ago from colonialism, other countries like Singapore moved on long time ago and prospered...sadly Africans are still singing the same old song, Mzungu Mzungu...

xxx

As concerns Singapore, we did a number of articles on that nation. So, consult them since you seem to be ignorant of such essays.

xxx

As concerns India moving on, we find it an amazing claim. When we checked, the last REAL LEADER of India was Indira Gandhi.

That is why in 1976, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Indira Gandhi of India, with the PM of Sri Lanka and Guyana, led 3rd world nations in demanding justly for:

"satisfactory resolution of the problem of the public indebtedness, especially for the least developed and most severely affected countries."

NB: We add, it has only gotten worse since then. The only saving grace is that, the debt problem has now migrated to the Empire for mchimba kisimi, huingia mwenyewe.

Also, Indra led the call for an International Resources Bank to replace the iniquitous neocolonialism of the IMF.

We know what happened to all these leaders who issued these just demands.

Now, since India has moved on from FOOLISHNESS of Indira Gandhi, as we are told, we find that, with all its poverty, India is LENDING the RICHEST NATION on EARTH billions of Dollars.

How it is normal for a poor nation like India to lend money to the richest nation, we do not understand.

However, hoping you have a PhD in Pseudo Economics from one of the IVY LEAGUE of FOOLS, we await you to be enlighten us for we do not have a clue on this issue.

We await thy enlightening answer.

Uwanja ni wako sasa.

Source: http://chartsbin.com/view/549

Meanwhile, we will be enjoying: This Train:

http://is.gd/6EDhqG

Anonymous said...

As usual Mwarang'ethe has knocked out the fellow with a doze questions by giving fact showing how well he understands REAL history and its effects to date.
Pretenders and IVY LEAGUE OF FOOLS have no chance against this dude. Oracle tried before getting himself boxed out of Kumekucha when the brain heat got too much for him.
I love Mwarangethe. He is a real genious and a humble one at that.

Anonymous said...

My aha moment about curtailing the ongoing sickening road drama as well as horrendous behaviours of the drivers of death and the vicarious fillers of graves, private burial grounds and public cemeteries around the country.

How about Kenya changes from driving on the left to driving on the right for a change, and find out whether the raod carnage in Kenya will be cut into half, or whether it will quadruple in thereafter.

Just kidding, it won't change much the of the death statistics, including the careless and irresponsible behaviours of 85% of the Kenyan drivers.

Anonymous said...

Anon4:39 PM
You sound like a fool and if u are the same idiot called tiske aka KP aka Kumekucha Prefect aka Taabu's mixtress then I feel sorry for you.

mwarangethe is not an intellectull and please do not insult that word. Writing long drivels does not make one an intellectual. If anything Mwarngethe is a dangerous winger aka socialist, a black supremacist who can only trick people like u into believeing he is anything by his cut and paste theories.

I aksed Mwarangethe why is Ethiopia the only African country NEVER colonized is still the world poorest country and the least developed country despite being the oldest country with a thriving empire (Askumite).

What happened to Ethiopia? Go to Tigray and Gonder the imperial capital of Askumite Empire in Northern Ethiopia u will see remains of those beautiful buildings, castles, monuments, the oldest church in the world all left during the Askumites.

Mwarang'ethe said...

mwarangethe is not an intellectull and please do not insult that word. Writing long drivels does not make one an intellectual. If anything Mwarngethe is a dangerous winger aka socialist, a black supremacist who can only trick people like u into believeing he is anything by his cut and paste theories.

xxxx

Socialist? Hebu define what you mean by that word please.

And, while at it, please tell us the word which describes the idea of the RICHEST NATION on EARTH "borrowing" MONEY from the poorest of the poor.

xxx

A black supremacist?

Do you mean to be a black supremacist like Menilik II, who in his famous letter of 1891 to the European Heads of State (HEAD OR PIRATES), declared that he:

“cannot tolerate the partition of Africa among the alien governments”.

Is that what you mean or what exactly do you mean Sir?

xxxx

As to the question of Ethiopia, so as to JUST START removing your IGNORANCE induced by the IVY LEAGUE of FOOLS, we ask thee to start by reading:

(a) Egypt and the Hydro - Politics of the Blue Nile River by Daniel Kendie of Henderson State University.

NB: We are assuming you know how to read. More so, we assume you can understand after reading.

For us, we are off to enjoy:

Jah alone a Christian:

http://is.gd/92tJ51

Mwarang'ethe said...

Since some FOOLS may not get the article we referred to, here are a quote and the source:

an acute observer of the Egyptian scene recently wrote:

"Egypt is a country that has not abandoned its expansionist ambitions. It regards its southern neighbors as its sphere of influence.

Its strategy is essentially negative: to prevent the emergence of any force that could challenge its hegemony, and to THWART ANY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALONG the BANKS of the Nile that could either divert the flow of the water, or decrease its volume.

The arithmetic of the waters of the Blue Nile River is, therefore, a zero-sum game, which Egypt is determined to win.

It must have a HEGEMONIC relationship with the countries of the Nile Valley and the Horn of Africa.

Hear this now!

When, for instance, Ethiopia is WEAK and INTERNALLY DIVIDED, Egypt can rest."

Source: http://is.gd/zw9kJ0

NB: Is Egypt the 3 biggest recipient of military aid from NERO Obama's land?

Is Kenya among the nations that share Nile which must be kept poor?

Anyway, we are off to enjoy:

Mind Who You Beg For Help by Culture

http://is.gd/TvR10D

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'ethe shatters the e-teeth of the angry dude asking a zillion questions but CURIOUSLY having no argument or opinion of his own. These pretenders cannot just keep up with Mwarang'ethe when it comes to matters of the brains. And their anger is evident in their abusive response.

BTW, a smart dude gives his line of argument which he stands for not asking questions after questions..nway what does one expect from these IVY LEAGUE OF FOOLS and their pretenders trained like ROBOTS to regurgitate wazungu's opinions???

The Oracle has Spoken

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'ethe,

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please spare me that crap ati Ethiopia is poor and underdeveloped because of Egypt taking over the Blue Nile River.

My goodness me! Maybe you can tell that to your KK league of fools.

That's what your local news tell you.

Why don't you take a flight to Ethiopia and travel throughout that vast country and see for yourself the potential, the richness, the resources...etc, etc.
You don't even need a visa to travel to Ethiopia if u have a Kenyan passport.

Honestly, I am done with with you.
Unless you come up with some brilliant intellectual ideas of how we can change our country and the continent I do not wish to engage with someone with a victim mentality any further.

Anonymous said...

Mwrang'ethe.

Here is my assement on Ethiopia, having been to the country myself.

Poor economic policies for decades is what have ruined the Ethiopia.

During the Derg regime, the country was under military rule.

There are many reasons to why Ethiopia is poor.
To name some, the war that was going on for 30+ years , the recent Ethio-Eritrea war, situated in the unstable horn of Africa, climatic inconsistencies during the main harvest season, over-population, brain drain because of hyperbolic western media.

Poverty is a circumstance and not an identity. Was there not Irish potato famine? Aren't India and China overpopulated? Is political instability unheard of in the middle east?

Even though the all the above are right, the main reason for Ethiopia to be poor was the administration of the evil emperor Haileselasie. He never even built a single road or a power plant or an agriculture investment while he had more than 11bln US dollars in swiss bank. He used poverty as a policy to control people, while he was involved in uniting Africans and well coming Africans in the Caribbeans namely Jamaicans.

The Derg inherited no wealth from the late King but debt after debt and again it was passed to the present government.

Mwarang'ethe said...

Mwrang'ethe.

Here is my assement on Ethiopia, having been to the country myself.

Poor economic policies for decades is what have ruined the Ethiopia.

xxx

Being in Ethiopia means NOTHING.

Yes, we admit that, Ethiopia, and the whole of Africa has followed stupid economic policies.

However, the question is, where do those stupid policies come from? Do they come you? No.

Here, is the source:

http://is.gd/PmGSXr

xxx

If you check at the Treasury website, TODAY, there is a new VAT law which is meant to EXPAND the:

- WEALTH CONSUMPTION CURTAILMENT TAX, which,

- unless you are an IDIOT, AUTOMATICALLY leads to CURTAILMENT OF WEALTH PRODUCTION in Kenya.

We are referring to what is known as the VAT by the IVY LEAGUE of FOOLS at the Treasury.

Where did that stupid policy come from?

"IMF calls for VAT reforms to increase collection."

"A WIDENING and simplification of the Value Added Tax(VAT) bracket could increase Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)’s revenue collection by an estimated Sh40 billion.

This disclosure was made on Thursday by Mr Ragnar Gudmundsson, a resident representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at a Nairobi Hotel.

He was briefing the media on the forthcoming conference on Revenue Mobilisation in Sub-Sahara Africa, to be held in Nairobi between March 21 and 22, 2011."

NB: We can tell you for free that, this WIDENING will produce more poverty in Kenya even before it is implemented.

What say does Wanjiku and her USELESS OPIUM PAPER has to say about this?

Why are you so stupid to see what is going on?

What did you learn in your schools? Did you learn just to say, bad economic policies?

Source: http://is.gd/cjK3Or

Anonymous said...

Mwarang'the,

Being in Ethiopia meant alot to me...at least.

You are able to see and compare the old Ethiopia, the once a mighty empire that ruled the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula- traded gold, ivory, iron, food, spices...with the Roman Empire, the Persians, the Indians, the Chinese. They facilitated the trade by minting their own currency.
They built some of the most monumental building ever built in ancient time (apart of course the Pyramids).

Under Ezana, Aksum became the first major empire to convert to Christianity and was named by Mani as one of the four great powers of his time along with Persia, Rome, and China.

So what happened?

Again my assessment:

.Climate change and trade isolation

.Overfarming of the land led to decreased crop yield, which in turn led to decreased food supply

.Changing flood pattern of the Nile and several seasons of drought

Mwarang'ethe said...

@ 9/1/11 4:18 AM

xxx

We have nothing to add to these comments for we quarrel not with them.

We only note that, even India was an Ethiopian country before its invasion by Aryans who reduced the BLACK SKINNED and FLAT NOSED originals into lowest Caste, i.e. Sudra which still goes on in modern India.

Anonymous said...

VAT is a great way of cutting and even wiping out country's budget deficient.

This is why I believe Mwararng'the is a dangerous socialist and a Marxist.


Value added Tax aka VAT is needed for economic growth.

Be very weary of this Mwarangethe, he sounds like Haile Selassie according to what he write here.

Same rhetoric of uniting Africans and the expense of their gullibility!

Anonymous said...

Correction @9/1/11 4:58 AM

I meant..

Same rhetoric of uniting Africans at the expense of their own gullibility!

Anonymous said...

@ 4:58 how does increasing Value added tax grow an economy? even from the ivy school of fools that we got educated from states that VAT is a regressive tax. WHY? IT hits the poorest the hardest. Far better to raise income tax especially for the wealthy(wont happen tho).

That Vat 'YOU allege that grows an economy' goes to cater for deficits, cutting govt deficits doesnt grow an economy trade grows an economy..
The problem with neo liberal neo classical economics a la ivy leaguers is that when a diff view or ideology is offered you call people extremists..

(Mr.Mwarengthe please provide link on essays reggarding south east asia growth over the decades, you mentioned it somewhere in the above comments)

Anonymous said...

The decline of Aksumite Empire in 8th century AD may have been largely to do with their loss of trade to the Persians and Arabs. But it is also likely to have been related to deterioration in the environment. This was the result of the long-term cutting down of trees and over-exploitation of the soil, leading to the kind of erosion so typical of the region today. By 800 AD the capital of the much-reduced kingdom had been moved to the south, further into the central highland region of the Ethiopian interior. The importance of external trade declined and the state developed in greater isolation as an agricultural community ruled over by a landed aristocracy. Greek and Arab influence was weakened and the more distinctly African Christian culture of Ethiopia came into existence. Like the neighbouring Christian Nubia, it survived the Islamic onslaught which swept across North Africa.

Anonymous said...

ehe ehe mmmmh! No need to elaborate much, my position regarding Mwara"N"gethe, in this blog is well known.

The Fake "Oracle" posing as anon 2.34 AM is also well known on this blog, I have not penned here for the last 4 or so months but I do read silently in amazement as "Prof" puts dipers on his CHILDREN!


The Oracle has Spoken

Anonymous said...

Being in Ethiopia meant alot to me...at least.

Where in Ethiopia were you based, outside of Addis Ababa, and for how long were you stationed in the beautiful land of ancient Ethiopia?

Did you have the golden chance or opportunity of traveling to far away places like Awasa, Jijiga, Asosa, Adigrat, Bashir Dar, Asaita, Harar Dire Dawa, Mek'ele, Adama, Gambela et al?

What about a chance encounter with the Nyuer, Anuak, Majang, Kwegu, Mursi, Nyangatom, Komo , et al people of the land?

And did you happen to see the Haramaya University, and the ancient sites and monuments at Gheralta, Teka-Tesfay, Atsbi and Tembien, including Lalibela of all places.

Ethiopian may still be a poor nation due to obvious myriad of self-inflicted reasons that extend beyond leadership rot, decay, complacency, 350* allergy to change, big-man rule syndrome, and sychophancy gallore.

However, give Abyssinia alot of credit for the simple fact of having survived, outwitted, outsmarted, and outlived some of the mighty empires from the ancient times.

Where are the Hyksos, Hittite, Cannanite, Nubians, Phoenicians, Dynastic Egyptians, Kushites, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Mesopotaminians, Punts, Romans, Cathagenians, Carolingians, Greeks, Persians, Abbasids, Umayyads, Cordoba, Nasrids, Almoravids, Almohads, Ottomans, Byzantine, et al.

Yet in their self-inflicted poverty after the tranditional industries collapsed, Ethiopia has remained intact, minus the wise choice of having given up Eritrea.

BTW, where you ware that one of Africa's largest manufacturing plants, named Addis Pharmaceuticals Factory, SC is based in Adigrat, Ethiopia?

And who knows, Ethiopia may gon on to survive for three more centuries after 80% of the current African geopolitical nations have ceased to exist for one reason or another, in the same way the Byzantines, Kushites and other empires and nations have done.

Anonymous said...

LOL! Give us a break, will you! Ati you have not penned here for the last 4 or so months? Who are you're kidding?

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Anonymous said...

Luke, while you are still at it, "The Terrible Truth About Kenyan Drivers", the AP has just released "The List of Worst Drivers in the United States of America", as well as that of "The Safest Drivers in the United Sates of America."

Take a look when you get the time and view the weekly death toll, injuries and the life sentence in a wheel chair for hundreds of Americans on a yearly basis.

However, the American statistics do not execuse nor exonerated the crazy and terrible driving habits of the majority of Kenyan daredevil drivers.

Four more lives were lost last night at Gilgil when a saloon vehicle hit a slow moving trailer truck the was heading westward on its way Uganda.

Anonymous said...

They bribe to get licenses. Yaani you bribe someone to grant you a license to go kill yourself? Kenyans have a deathwish

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