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Please bend over, again: nominations list an affirmation of the coming shafting

A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.
E. E. Cummings

Who would have guessed it: special interest groups such as minorities, the disabled, the marginalised, etc, are yet again the recepients of a royal rimming from the politicians we intend to put into office this coming March. The list of persons to be nominated to parliament has been released and, as expected, it is just another instance of the plutocracy flipping us the bird and waving a middle finger right next to our faces… It’s not like there’s anything we can do about it anyway, other than elect the same people to high office of course.

Some of the most disgusting nominations, those informed by the most base of reasons -that of self-preservation at the expense of self-respect, include:

1. Mudavadi and Kioni, the UDF presidential candidate and his running mate, for National Assembly.
2. Beth Mugo, who retired on health grounds and is aunt to Uhuru Kenyatta, for Senate via TNA
3. Ongoro and Margaret Wanjiru, one who stepped down for the other and who is herself on the ballot for Nairobi Senate, for senate via ODM
4. Henry Kosgey and Oburu Odinga, one who is running, another who is a brother to Raila, for National assembly via ODM

Full list below:

UDF National Assembly Nominees
Musalia Mudavadi
Jeremiah Kioni
Muslima Dida
Petrolina Were
Kassim Sawa Ali

TNA Senate Nominees
Beth Mugo
Emma Mbura
Zulekha Hulbale
Naisula Lesuuda
Lydia Mathia
Ben Njoroge
Linet Kemunto

TNA National Assembly Nominees
Amina Abdalla
Johnson Sakaja
Janet Teiyan
Dancun Maasai
Linda Muriuki
Machel Waikenda

ODM Senate Nominees
Janet Ong’era,
Elizabeth Ongoro,
Dr Sally Kosgei,
Margaret Wanjiru,
Halima Abdille,
Agnes Nzani,
Beth Syengo,
Leonida Anguba

ODM National Assembly Nominees
Dr. Oburu Oginga
Susan Mang’eni
Isaac Mwaura
Prof Colleta Suda
Seth Mutua
Henry Kosgey
Ahmed Mohdhar

URP National Assembly Nominees
Samuel Mburu
Violet Chesang
Florence Jematiah
Marwa Rose
Leah Naikanae
Adan Noor Ali


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From the crypt of shocking ideas: Consider Ending Universal Suffrage

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
~ George Bernard Shaw

What is the point of decreeing Governors should have University degrees (and MPs and Senators too; before the sneaky exemption made at the last minute by MPs to void the requirements for this general election) if at the end of the day everyone, including those that are completely illiterate, is allowed to vote?

If the argument is that people without a tertiary education are not capable of leading (and are in fact forbidden by law from trying), how then are the same people proscribed as incapable of leadership supposed to have the competence to choose leaders? It is almost like being forbidden to cook (and eat), but then being told to choose the best cook?

Maybe we should just throw out all pretence and state that only those meeting the requirements to run for a position should have the right to vote for that position. Of course that runs counter to rights of universal suffrage. Therefore we should just cut the charade and allow anyone, regardless of academic credentials, to run for any office.

Come March 5th, Nairobi will be in the hands Sonko or Wanjiru and most likely Clifford Waititu. So much for constitutional requirements…..

PS. I came across this on where a somebody in attendance at the Aspen Ideas Conference wrote this:

Fortunately, one speaker shattered that fear when he presented his big idea: abandoning our enthusiasm for universal suffrage.

I’m sorry to report that I did not catch his name. I’ll try to track him down for a proper interview later in the festival.

His argument had two parts. The first was that some people simply are not ready for democracy. They have no functional conception of the state in their minds, much less an understanding of representative, deliberative democracy. Some are so poor that they can be bribed to vote this way or that for “five dollars,” he said. The application of the principle of universal suffrage was not a recipe for successful government in these circumstances, the speaker argued.

The second point of his argument was that the developed Western democracies did not start out with universal suffrage. Almost all allowed only a portion of their citizens to vote at first, only slowly expanding the right to participate in elections over the course of decades. Why force the developing world into instant universal suffrage?

This pretty much runs against the grain of everything decent and serious people think. In fact, in a place like Aspen — which is dominated by progressives of various sorts — it felt like he was standing athwart history yelling “Go back!”

So what should replace the model of universal suffrage? How do we decide who should get the franchise?

The anti-universal suffrage guy didn’t have the answers to those questions. But just because an answer isn’t at hand doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ask the question. Perhaps if people started taking them seriously, we’d be at the beginning of something truly new in world politics.”

Link to complete article

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Governor Clifford Ndung’u: the inevitable

“The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while”
– Albert Einstein


Kenya, we are a very interesting people, we claim there are two tribes –poor and rich–, but the reality I’m seeing is that we are still very partial to literal tribe, to an ethnic agenda that is no agenda at all, because it is informed by nothing rather than a response to the most base of feelings, a need to prop up our tribesmen first and damn the consequences, after all we reckon the elevation and enrichment of one is a collective victory for us, us being a loose nation of one tongue.

Look at the Clifford vs Jimnah battle, most young and learned friends who gravitate towards TNA were with Mbaru because frankly he was better qualified. Same scenario on the ODM side where many were with Kidero over Dr. Bishop Mrs. Kamangu for obvious reasons. Now Wanjiru of course got knocked out on a technicality, but Clifford somehow beat Jimnah (the snotty middle-class friends said it was slum dwellers’ fault, never mind Jimnah beat Waititu in Embakasi but lost to Clifford in Westlands).

The dilemma for my schooled car-driving mortgage paying friends who had fronted Mbaru was what to do: stick with the incorrigible hooligan representing the petite bourgeoisie in Clifford, or switch to the condescending Karen denizen and representing the nouveau riche in Dr. Kidero. The choices were not easy, it is not easy in Kenya to abandon tribal affiliation for the sake of competence, especially not when it pits the lakeside vs the mountain.

Then came the debate yesterday. Kidero came out to attack Clifford, Clifford took the insults with unexpected grace. Kidero wanted to show he had travelled the world’s capitals and their slums, Clifford effortlessly showed he had come from the gutter and still had a pass to the gutter. Kidero looked out of touch. Clifford connected with the informal population, and they heard him, they are the majority. They saw only privilege and entitlement in the Doctor bemusement at Clifford’s simplicity.

And so a lifeline was handed to the more educated voters who had rooted for Mbaru but were now facing the prospect of holding their noses and voting for Kidero; voting for perceived competence over the cold comfort of voting for “one of ours”. Now they could update blogs and facebook and twitter with self-righteous pontifications on Kidero’s non-performance and arrogance, and in one fell swoop endorse one who had hitherto been termed an utter and complete hoodlum. Kidero seemed to have the ear of the middle-class thanks to his qualifications. But Clifford was reborn, thanks to Kidero’s poor performance that turned away a fickle swing vote. And Clifford might just become governor, thanks to this swing vote that is now back to being beholden to the politics of tribe.

Get ready for governor Clifford Ndung’u

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List of shame: The legislators that we need to give state funerals at the ballot on March 4th

I can understand broke-ass three wife having desperados such as Mungatana, or poor, stuck in pecuniary embarrassment, souls like Kutuny, Wakoli, and the other impoverished faceless folks that have little to show for their being in the August house voting for a hefty send off.

But what were wealthy plutocrats like: Githu ‘Baba Cruise’ Muigai, Ephraim ‘bars bara’ Maina, and Johnstone ‘Gems’ Muthama doing endorsing thievery they certainly don’t have need for?


Greedy Mps who voted for hefty perks last week, including: KShs 9,000,000 sendoff, diplomatic passports, and state funerals.
1. Abdalla Amina Ali.
2 Abdi Nasir.
3 Abdul Bahari.
4 Abu Mohamed Chiaba.
5 Adan Keynan Wehliye.
6 Alex Muthengi Mburi Mwiru.
7 Andrew Calist Mwatela.
8 Asman Abongotum Kamama.
9 Atanas Manyala Keya.
10 Bare Aden Duale.
11 Barnabas Muturi C. Mwangi
12 Beth Wambui Mugo.
13 Bifwoli, Wakoli Sylvester.
14 Boni Khalwale (Dr.)
15 Cecily Mutitu Mbarire.
16 Charles Cheruiyot Keter.
17 Clement Muchiri.
18 Daniel Mutua Muoki.
19 David Njuguna Kiburi.
20 Elijah Kiptarbei Lagat.
21 Emilio Mureithi Kathuri.
22 Empraim Mwangi Maina.
23 Erastus Kihara Mureithi.
24 Esther Murugi Mathenge.
25 Ethuro, David Ethuro.
26 Eugene Ludovic Wamalwa.
27 Francis Chachu.
28 Francis S. K. Baya
29 Frankilin Mithika Linturi.
30 Githae Robinson Njeru.
31 Githu Muigai (Prof.) Attorney
General Ex-Officio.
32 Hellen Jepkemoi Sambili.
33 Hussein Mohamed Abdikadir.
34 Hussein Tarry Sasura.
35 Ibrabim Elmi Mohamed.
36 Isaac Kiprono Rutto.
37 Isaac Mulatya Muoki.
38 Jackson Kiplagat Kiptanui.
39 James G. Kwanya
40 Jamleck Irungu Kamau.
41 Japhet M. Kareke Mbiuki
42 Jeremiah Ngayu Kioni.
43 John Michael Njenga Mututho.
44 Johnson Nduya Muthama.
45 Joseph Nganga Kiuna.
46 Josephat Nanok Koli.
47 Joshua Serem Kutuny.
48 Kilimo, Linah Jebi.
49 Kilonzo Charles Mutavi.
50 Kiunjuri, Festus Mwangi.
51 Kuti, Mohammed. Abdi
52 Lee Maiyani Kinyanjui.
53 Lenny Maxwell Kivuti.
54 Lewis Nguyai.
55 Mahamud Muhumed Sirat.
56 Maitha Gideon Mungáro.
57 Manson Nyamweya.
58 Mbau, Elias Peter.
59 Mohamed Hussein Ali.
60 Mohamed, Muhamud.
61 Moses K. Lessone
62 Moses Somoine ole Sakuda.
63 Mungatana, Danson.
64 Munya Peter Gatirau.
65 Musila, David. 66 Mutava Musyimi.
67 Mwalimu Masudi Mwahima.
68 Mwiria, Valerian Kilemi.
69 Ndambuki, Gideon Musyoka.
70 Ndiritu Muriithi.
71 Nemesyus Warugongo.
72 Ntoitha M”Mithiaru.
73 Peter L.N. Kiilu
74 Peter Mungai Mwathi.
75 Peter Njoroge Baiya.
76 Peter Njuguna Gitau.
77 Richard Momoima Onyonka.
78 Robert Onsare Monda.
79 Samuel Kazungu Kambi.
80 Shaban, Naomi Namsi.
81 Silas Muriuki Ruteere.
82 Tirus Nyinge Ngahu.
83 Wavinya Ndeti.
84 William C. Kipkiror
85 Yakub Mohammad.
86 Yusuf Hassan Abdi.

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