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Uhuru Kenyatta Wins The Election But Loses The Country

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President Uhuru and DP Ruto after being declared the winners by IEBC Chairman Chebukati.

 

A week ago, Crisis Group warned against Kenya having elections given the divisive elements within the country but that was disregarded and we went ahead with the elections. International media joined in the voices calling for the poll delay to prevent violence breaking but yet again, nobody listened. Many Kenyans are exhausted by the extended election drama, one that already has damaged the economy and further polarised the country. But faced with two bad options – proceeding with a vote despite the boycott of a candidate who won some 45 percent of votes the last time around, or accepting a limited delay – the latter option was the better one. The IEBC should have sought a limited postponement to allow sufficient time to prepare for an election that both main parties contest. Kenya’s political leaders should have supported such an extension and commit to participate in a new vote. But all these now in the past.

Came 26th the election day, for the first time in election history, lines remained empty, clerks were idle, there was a general election boycott, according to figures given by IEBC that only 6.5M voted turned out, translated to about 70% of registered voters keep away from voting.

The situation was so bad that even in Jubilee’s strongholds, the queues weren’t as long and voter turnout way lower as compared to August poll. In fact, this low turn out was a referendum on the credibility of the October 26 election, in which the entire country said “no thanks”. That even the president’s own supporters wouldn’t participate underscores that Kenyans across the political divide did not think that the event was worth their time.

Certainly, the boycott was a big factor. The fact that Raila Odinga said he would not participate made the whole thing less competitive for supporters of both parties. For many voters, this election was a contest between Kenyatta and Odinga, and when Odinga withdrew, it was no longer a contest. Whereas NASA supporters likely stayed home because the party asked them to, Jubilee supporters probably stayed home because they didn’t think it was worth their time to stand in line for an election their candidate was guaranteed to win. Either way, that says that voters didn’t believe that the event that took place on Thursday was worth it.

Apathy also probably played a part. While outsiders have only just started paying attention to this story, Kenyans have been living with this election for nearly three years. There have been protests, reforms speeches, announcements and intrigues at the IEBC since 2015. It was inevitable after the August iteration was canceled that there would be a dip in participation in any new election because many Kenyans are simply ready for the whole process to be over.

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Jubilee campaigned on a platform of getting 70+1 of the votes, they held glittering rallies, bought in all the losers from NASA to create a popularity nation. It has turned out they bought punctured tires as none of the defectors added any substantial effects on the results. However, politics is game of perception and they created a false popularity. What was meant to be an election turned out to be a referendum and if we’re to use the turnout then we can say about 70% do not only have confidence in the sitting government but the electoral process.

The Electoral process in Kenya for past two decades has been faced with dysfunctions, nearly all elections have been marred with rigging claims and contested. Actually, the credibility of the process is the reason NASA boycotted. Generally, Kenyans are tired of being taken for granted by having their voices muted with persistent rigging. This boycott was a strong message that the power of the vote must be regained and that Kenyans have matured democratically to be taken for granted.

Uhuru is set to be declared the winner despite resounding disapproval by the majority who kept off the poll, but this show won’t stop the Jubilee duo from going ahead with their onslaught. Many have suggested that given how the election was a flop, charade as described by the media, Uhuru should decline and seek a fresh mandate. I have no doubt that would ever happen, they won’t leave it. Right now IEBC is working around the clock to make sure numbers do tally and despite evidence of low voter turnout, Uhuru is set to hit his previous 8M mark, this has to happen regardless of everything working against it.

Judiciary, one if not the only standing institution that has Kenyans hopes, came under the full Jubilee wrath this week. The day Supreme Court was once again in focus to determine whether the set 26th election would go ahead of not in a petition filed before the court.

Justice Maraga would later give a demoralizing news that the court lacked a quorum to hear the petition as only two judges were present; him and Lenaola. The rest didn’t show up, Justice Njoki a said to have missed her flight back home, Justice Ibrahim who was now a two-time no-show was apparently away in hospital, Mwilu couldn’t make it following her driver’s shooting yesterday as for Justice Wanjala, Ojwang they couldn’t make it to court. Kenyans were treated to a well-choreographed set.

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The shooting of DCJ Mwilu’s bodyguard was a clear warning to her and the rest of defiant judges who refuse to play the ball. Direct threats and intimidation were clearly put in play to instill fear on the judiciary and it worked. “Today, Kenya has witnessed judicial delinquency when the several judges of the Supreme Court abdicated their Constitutional Duties.” Apollo Mboya, a lawyer described the situation.

Nyabola Nanjala a political analyst, added her voice to the disappointment from the Supreme Court,
“Even if not a single tear gas canister is launched today, the circumstances of this lack of quorum have undone something important. I’m not worried about political violence in the vein of 2007. I’m worried about disenfranchising a population by institutional manipulation. The thing that keeps getting lost in the conversations about this election is that on Friday, August 11 the police went into opposition strongholds and indiscriminately opened fire on civilians. According to KNHCR, 25 people died. Local media at first refused to cover it.”

She continued, “Even the Kenya Red Cross gave a statement and said we were imagining it. But people were there and they lived it and they were scared. I spoke to some. They said that they didn’t feel like this Kenya was theirs anymore. They felt disposable. And no human should feel that. That September 1 ruling did more to heal Kenya than people realize because it made people feel heard. It brought them back in. So even if this ruling hadn’t gone in favor of NASA people would have been more likely to respect it because it feels fairer. That’s the point of law and of a judiciary – not that you win every case but that you feel heard. That’s the point of due process. Whichever judges chose not to show up today have done more to damage Kenyan democracy than they realize. And that makes me angry. Because democracy is like any other relationship – you have to show up. Disagree on whatever however you like but you have to show up. Why should Samantha pendo’s family believe in due process if the most senior judges in the country won’t show up? And Mercy Moraa? Imagine getting shot at, being told it didn’t happen and then having to hear a judge didn’t show up because they couldn’t find a flight.”
Here’s the thing, Kenya is greatly polarized and after the election, it is even worse, last evening ethnic clash between the Kikuyu and Luos, Luhyas and Kisiis erupted in Kawangware, this was a glimpse of the general situation. Uhuru will definitely get the presidency but he has lost the country. When about three-quarter of the country shows disapproval you don’t ram it lightly. Uhuru’s hope is Kenyans will get tired, accept and move on like I’m 2013 but this is 2017 Kenyans are more radicalized, in fact, the administration has made tactical blunders by using police force on Odinga supporters expecting bullets to silence them, this has worked in reverse to silence them.

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Raila had a fanatic following, he’s a single figure with unexplainable influence, you don’t expect life to move on swiftly and government-run smoothly when over six million supporters of Odinga feel disenfranchised. If Uhuru looks beyond his personal gains and family rivalry with Raila and starts thinking like a leader then he must know despising Raila is the biggest mistake he’s making. Surrounded with a cultic following, making sound judgment is close to impossible. It is for these leaders to stop hard stances and close heads together.

A dialogue shouldn’t be necessarily about nusu mkate actually it will be a great betrayal to the process of Odinga negotiates for such an agreement. This course is and has always been about the credibility of the election process as that is the cradle land of chaos and also the independence of institutions six as IEBC and judiciary. A close table meeting should address this issue and Kenya hold a fresh election. We can, however, bury heads in the sand, move on with all these stains until everything explodes. It is at a point a Uhuru chooses himself or the country. The world is watching. He can restore the democracy that has seen Kenya Kenya an outstanding country in Africa or turn it into anarchy as it seems and let the monkeys dance.

Evidently, the country is turn right in the middle, guns and bombs might bring silence but not peace it for this reason that we must put the fire off while we still can or play ostrich and watch the whole building engulfed


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President Uhuru Sacks Eric Kiraithe

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ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has issued a statement dated May 7, 2019 saying that Retired Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna replaces Eric Kiraithe as governments Spokesperson with immediate effect.

The directive reads and I quote; “In line with directions from the Executive office of the President through the Head of Public Service, the office of the Government Spokesman shall be domiciled at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology,”

“He will also have content oversight role over the two government news gathering and dissemination channels; Kenya News Agency and MyGov,” the directive adds.

Rtd. Col. Oguna was formerly the spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces. He became popular and attracted so many public limelights with his tough talk when the KDF entered Somalia in 2011.

He was the senior most spokesman in the former ‘Operation Linda Nchi.’  Oguna faded from the limelight immediately when KDF and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) joined forces.

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Oguna replaces Eric Kiraithe, who previously served as the Kenya Police spokesman and Chief of Security at the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).Kiraithe had served as Government spokesman since March 2016.

 


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Full List Of President Uhuru’s Appointments

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Kenya's President HE Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo|Twitter

President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a gazette notice dated May 3, 2019 had appointed and reappointed key figures to and from his government.

Here’s the full list of the appointments

Dennis Waweru has been appointed non-executive chairman of the Kenya Investment Authority.

Jamleck Kamau has been appointed as chairman of Tana and Athi Rivers Development.

Dan Mwanzo to head Kenya Ferry Services.

Jebii Kilimo has been appointed chairperson to the trustees of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund.

Julius Malombe has been named chair of the Kenya Water Towers Agency.

Nicholas Gumbo is now the chair of the Kenyatta National Hospital board.

Elias Mbao will head the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Governing Council.

President Kenyatta’s brother-in-law Victor Pratt has been re-appointed as chair and member of the Retirement Benefits Authority.

Franklin Bett is the chair of the Agricultural Finance Corporation.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi’s wife Zahra as a member of the Tourism Research Institute.

Michael Bowen – Chairman of the Industrial Development Bank (Capital).

Abdirahiman H. Abdi – Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Regulatory Authority.

Robin Achoki – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Board.

Angeline Yiamiton Siparo – Non-Executive Chairperson of the National AIDS Control Council.

Sam Kona – Chairman of the National Council for Population and Development Board.

Ignatius Kahiu Chairperson of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Limited Board. (The appointment of Eliud Matu Wamae* is revoked.)

Karanja Mburu (Eng.), Abdalla Gonzi, – members of the LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority Board.

Joshua Toro – Chairperson of the National Irrigation Board. (The appointment of Mudzo Nzili* is revoked.)

Elizabeth Pantoren (Prof.) – Chairperson of the Board of the Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation.

Francis Kuria Gatonye – Chairperson of the Pest Control Products Board.

Jane Karuku – Chairperson of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board.

Josiah Magut – Chairperson of the Bomas of Kenya Board.

Mary Mbilo Khimulu – Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research in Eastern Africa.

Mutuma Mathiu – Chairperson of the Kenya Copyright Board.

Gituro Wainaina – Chairperson of the Kenya School of Government.

Deborah Bubi – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Board.

Muragu Kinandu (Prof.) – Chairperson of the Board of the Bandari Maritime Academy.

Mohamed Liban – Chairperson of the Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority.

Jackson Selela Ole Mwanik – Chairperson of the Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority.

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Dorothy Ghettuba Pala – Chairperson of the Kenya Film Commission.

Francis Baya – Chairperson, Kenya Literature Bureau.

George Baker Bebora – Chairperson of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Mwambu Muliro – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Utalii College Council.

Cavince Odoyo Owidi – Chairperson of the Lake Basin Development Authority.

Joyce Ngugi – Chairperson of the National Council for Children Services.

Misigo Amatsimbi – Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO.

Mwambu Muliro – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Utalii College Council.

John Ondigo Onsati – Chairperson of the Kenya National Examinations Council.

Richard K. Lagat – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Tourism Finance Corporation Board.

Alphonse Kioko – Chairperson of the Tourism Fund Board.

Jimmy Kariuki – Chairperson of the Kenya Tourism Board.

George Baker Bebora – Chairperson of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Thomas Koyier, Martin Mugambi Mithega, Charles Kipkulei, Monica Nyambura Mucheke, – members of the Insurance Tribunal.

Elias Mbao, Michael Muia Kiswili – members of the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Governing Council.

Muthoni Gichohi – Chairperson of the Retirement Benefits Appeals Tribunal.

James Mamboleo, Gideon Solonka, Wangechi Gikonyo,  Veronica Soila,  Leseya Owede,  Members of retirement Appeal Tribunal.

Richard Kiplagat – Chairman of the Board of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority. (The appointment of Ngeny Biwott* is revoked.)

Jacqueline Oyuyo – member of the Board of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority.

Lucy Kambuni – Chairperson of the Capital Markets Tribunal.

Rose Nkonge – Chairperson of the Anti-Money Laundering Advisory Board.

Wambua Kilonzo – Chairman of the Insurance Tribunal.

Destaings Nyenyi Nyongesa, Kimani Muhoro, Valentine Mwende, Becky Mogire – members of the Competition Tribunal.

Anthony Maina Macharia, Kennedy Nyankieya Nyamweya, Karen N. Kandie, Laila Macharia – members of the Capital Markets Tribunal.

Christine Okoth, Peter M. Mungai – members of the Board of the Capital Markets Authority.

William ole Mayiani, Jeridah Bosibori Mbaka – members of the Board of the Kenya Airports Authority.

Mbatia Kimani – member of the Board of the Kenya Airports Authority.

Major (Rtd) Nishit Dhanvantrai Maru, Catherine Juma, Duncan Ndegwa Maasai, Captain Ahmed Mohamed Ali – members of the Board of the Bandari Maritime Academy.

Arch. Jerry Magutu (Prof.), Habil Olaka, Patricia Nyambura Gathuri, Caroline Armstrong – members of the Board of the National Housing Corporation.

Salome Kimata – member of the Board of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

Ismail Gulum Dhora, Ken Waibochi, Pamela Tutui, Caroline Wangui Kariuki, Kaburu Mwirichia – members of the Board of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority.

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Mike Rubia, Fred Gachie Ng’ang’a, Munyua Waiyaki, Simon Kiuta, Pauline Muthangani – members of the Board of the Postal Corporation of Kenya.

George Baker Bebora – member of the Kenya National Library Services Board.

Wahome Gitonga – member of the Board of Kenya Pipeline Company Limited.

Bernard M. Ngore – member of the National Standards Council.

Elephas K. Gikungi – member of the Board of Directors of Kenya Industrial Property Institute.

Maj. Rtd. Hussein Abshiro Herin, Kaberi Limukii (Dr.), Nyawira Ophelia Njeru – members of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute.

Andrew Gichamba Muigai (Eng.), Rahab W. Lanoi – members of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute.

Peter Mathuki – member of the Board of the Kenya Investment Authority (The appointment of Washington Makodingo (Dr.)* is revoked.).

Mark Robert Stephenson – member of the Board of the Kenya Leather Development Council.

Joseph Samai Lomwa, Billy Baltazaar – members of Micro and Small Enterprise Authority.

David Maina Kamiru, Albina Kesorio – members of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Limited Board. ( The appointment of Ignatius Kahiu (Dr.) * is revoked.)

Pauline Mudesh, Brown Murungi Kairaria, Wycliff Swanya, Brettah Muthuri – members of the Industrial Property Tribunal.

Margaret Rigah, Peterson Mwai, Halima Ali Omar, Francis Gitari – members of the Board of Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation.

Bernard Muteti Mungata – Chairman of the Board of Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation.

Samuel Kamau – member of the Board of the Numerical Machining Complex Limited. (The appointment of Kamau Gachigi (Dr.)* is revoked.)

David Mutemi Mutui (Amb.), Jane Waroga – members of the National Cereals and Produce Board.

Gakure Munyu – member of the National Irrigation Boar.

Julie Sudi Mwakwambirwa – member of the Board of the Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation.

Agnes Moraa Angwenyi, Mwenda Kilemi (Dr.) – members of the Pest Control Products Board.

Leonard W. Kariuki – member of the Pest Control Products Board, for a period.

Franklin Bett – Chairperson of the Board of the Agricultural Finance Corporation.

James Muriithi Kangara, Jane Sirindi Githinji, Ndogo Waweru, Robert Murimi – members of the Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority.

Emily Kithira Mworia, Nancy Muthoni Njiru, Abdirahman Hassan – members of the National Drought Management Authority.

Stephen Kinuthia, Eunice Ibrahim Sheikh, Judith Kerich, Frida Njeru, Franklin Ndii – members of the Board of Tourism finance cooperation.

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Zahra Bahlewa Moi – member of the Board of Tourism Research Institute

Susan Maina – member of the Kenya Tourism Board.

Kenneth Kiptoo Boit, Wangai Wamae – members of the Board of Kenyatta International Convention Centre, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 1st June.

Harriet Muiruri – member of the Board of the Kenya Medical Research Institute. (The appointment of Kimeli Chepsiror* is revoked.).

Fredrick Wamwaki – member of the Board of the Kenya Medical Training College.

Robert Mwadime Ngolo – member of the National AIDs Control Council.

Dickon Andala (Dr.), Margaret Mwonjoria (Dr.) – members of the Radiation Protection Board.

Wilfred Lesan – Chairman of the Tobacco Control Board.

Somba Kivingu (Dr.), John Musau, Nancy Gachoka, Lilian Wayua Mbevi, Rogers Senaji Mulemi, Kago Wanjiku Caroline – members of the Tobacco Control Board.

Richard Thuo Kamau, Peris Bitutu Onsarigo – members of the Board of Kenyatta National Hospital.

Eva Njenga – Chairperson of the Board of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (Revokes the appointment of George Albert Magoha*.)

Sammy Latema (Dr.) – Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Kevin Kariuki Kihara, Maureen Mwangovya, Anthony Njagi Gitambu, Mohammed Mohamud Ali, Naomi Apali – members of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Robert Mutuma – member of the Kenya Water Towers Agency – members of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).

Wandia Maina, Hibo Bishar Abdi – members of the Kenya Water Towers Agency.

Peter Waweru Kamaku (Dr.), Susan Musyoka (Dr.), Cyrus Mwaniki – members of the Board of Directors of the Regional Centre on Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research in Eastern Africa.

Stephen Mnangat Alukureng – member of the National Labour Board (revokes the appointment of Maria Cherono*.).

Peter Muchiri – Chairman of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Pius Wario Tume, Alex Masibo, Grace Mwangi, George Maara, Joseph Mburu Waiganjo – trustees of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund.

Melissa Ngania, Tusmo Jama, Peter Gathirimu, Justus Toroinet Somoire, Mary Njeri Ndonga (Dr.), Abdulahi Diriye – members of the HIV and AIDS Tribunal.

Caroline Musyoka (Chairperson), James Muriu, Shallah Sheikh, Brian Omwenga – members of the Board of Directors of the Business Registration Service Board


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Kutuny: Youths Are Stoning Together

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Chereng’anyi MP Joshua Kutuny hits again and this time around it in Sheng.

The legislator took over the labour day podium in a language well understood by majority of Nairobi youths.

Speaking of how low level youths are being deducted almost half of their poor salaries by NHIF, NSSF and PAYE.

The legislator also thanked Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and urged the national government to back him up in making Nairobi great again.

But the main point in his speech was when he talked about youths stoning together.

(Video courtesy of NTV Kenya)

“Tangu handshake ikuje watu wanakaa pamoja, unapata maboy ata kama wanachoma wanachoma pamoja”

This loosely translates as; Since the Handshake was realized people are living together. You’ll find youths who smoke weed smoking together.

Kutuny publicly speaks about youths stoning yet the government still maintained the ban of use and distribution of marijuana.

Nairobi Sonko had previously admitted smoking weed with Kiambu governor, Ferdinand Waititu while in parliament.

Leaders in the current government have admitted publicly of use marijuana.

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It’s about time the legislators support the motion to legalize medicinal marijuana.

Currently, Raila Junior and Kibera MP Kenneth Okoth are in support of the move to compel the government to legalize medicinal marijuana.


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