Posts Tagged Karua
“I have refused to ALLOW MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY in Kenya because it will divide Kenyans along TRIBAL LINES.Vyama vingi vitaleta UKABILA Kenya.Siku moja mtakubali haya maneno yangu”
DANIEL TOROITICH ARAP MOI
2RD MARCH 1992
I look at the slim pickings of the likes of Kiyiapi and Karua, then I look at the close to 100% votes for UK and RAO in their “ethnic strongholds” and I am left wondering: Is this really democracy?
Is the choosing of leaders based on number of votes garnered a good thing for a country where for the vast majority the only criteria considered is the tribe of the person being voted for?
How can we say we are voting for a symbol of national unity when we are engaged in a national contest of tribal chiefs and ethnic coalitions?
This would be comical if the implications of the choices we make (if you can even pretend there are choices) weren’t so grave.
Moi was correct (albeit for selfish reasons): Multi party politics has only managed to bring out the tribalism ingrained in our bones.
What a bloody shame
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill… we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one. – Plato
Kenyans can guarantee you of two things: the memory of a warthog, and kufuata bendera kama upepo. After the smoke settles in about a weeks time, no one will remember Peter Kenneth’s pitch, a few superficial girls might still have Andrew’s photo as their avatar but that will be it, Kenneth will fade away as have many others before him.
We can run around mouthing our progressive credentials but deep down we are beholden to tribe and dynastic moneyed families; this race, whether we want to admit it or not, is going to be decided between Jaramogi’s son and Kenyatta’s son, other influential cast members will be Moses Mudavadi’s scion, Wamalwa’s brother, and Moi’s adoptive KANU boys Ruto and Kalonzo. Everyone else is wasting their time.
The middle class might identify with Tuju, or Kenneth, or Karua, but unfortunately they have no say in who gets elected, they are just a snobbish minority that a crafty politician pays no heed to, that’s why Sonko and Waititu usually beat to a pulp and then wipe the floor with the likes of Mbaru and Passaris; the real votes, the numbers, are in Kayole, Mathare, Mukuru, Dandora, etc not in South C, or Lang’ata, or Parklands, or Westy.
Voters in slums and hovels do not care for nor identify with Kenneth’s crisp shirts or his scion’s pretty boy swag. They however identify with Waititu being dragged to filthy police cells after having joined them in physically assaulting a wealthy land grabber; they identify with Sonko’s non-conformist attitude and shabby dressing. They also remember who Moses, Jaramogi and Jomo were; they assume their sons are natural born leaders (even though one, even maybe two, of them never held a job in their life)
That is the sad truth my countrymen
Shock! So we come to find out that the two principals decided to trash the recommendations of their own advisers and agreed to simply appoint their own people, indeed the only reason the issues came to the fore was because of a disagreement over who would be the Chief Justice: Kibaki President preferred Justice Kihara Kariuki, but the PM wanted Justice Riaga Omollo.
But that shouldn’t shock anyone who has followed the workings of Kenyan governments in the past and present, Moi basically made his appointments with a heavy ethnic bias and, even worse, no consideration for qualification. Kibaki on the other hand, as a sampling of the list below will show, has appointed a lot of qualified people many of whom, however, either just happen to come from his neighbourhood or were appointed with an ethnic bias. That is why the fact the two principals wanted their tribesmates to head the Judiciary was something I had expected all along.
Chief Justice: Justice Gicheru
(In-coming AG-Githu Muigai)
Solicitor General, Muchemi Wanjuki,
Deputy Solicitor General, Muthoni Kimani,
Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u,
Deputy registrar-general, F M Ng’ang’a,
Registrar General Bernice Gachegu.
MINISTRY OF INTERNAL SECURITY & PROV. ADM
Minister: Saitoti (also known as Kinuthia) –
Permanent secretary – Kimemia
CID Director – Ndegwa Muhoro
AP Commandant – K. Mbugua
Commissioner of Police Matthew Iteere,
GSU boss Munga Nyale
Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe
NSC – Peace and Conflict Management Mr. S.K. Maina
Government Printer: Andrew Rukaria
Senior Director Administration/Internal Security: E. Mutea
FINANCE MINISTRY (Controls Finance, Banking, & Economy in general)
Minister – Uhuru Muigai
Permanent Secretary – Joseph Kinyua –
Pensions secretary – Anne Mugo
ERD director – Kenneth MwangiD/Finance secretary – Mwirichia
Controller and Auditor – General; Priscilla Njeri Komora
CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA:
Dep. Governor – John Gikonyo
KENYA REVENUE AUTHORITY:
Commisssioner General; Michael Waweru
Board Secretary: Mrs Ngang’a
Senior Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Enforcement:Mr Joseph Nduati
Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Enforcement: Mr Namu Nguru
Deputy Commissioner, Administration: Mr Karimi
Deputy Commissioner Procurement: Ms Murichu.
Commissioner for customs services: Mrs. Wambui Namu
Senior Deputy Commissioner (Customs): Ms Githinji
Deputy Commissioner, Finance: Ms Wachira
Commissioner Domestic Taxes (LTO)-Mr Njiraini.
Deputy Commissioner: Mrs Mwangi12. Senior Deputy Commissioner,
Finance: Mrs King’ori.
Senior Assistant Commissioner, Security: Major Kariuki.
Senior Deputy Commissioner, Southern Region: Wagachira.
Commissioner of Investigation & Enforcement; Joseph Nduati
KENYA AIRPORTS AUTHORITY:
MD; Stephen Gichuki
General Manager Finance; John Thumbi
General Manager Marketing & Business Development; Lucy Mbugua
General Manager Information & Communication Technology; Anthony Wachira
General Manager Security Services; Stanley Mutungi
Head of Corporate Communications / PA to the MD: Dominic Ngigi
Head of Procurement & Logistics: Allan Muturi
KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY:
MD- Gichiri Ndua
MINISTRY OF INDUSTRIALIZATION:
Assistant Minister: Nderitu Muriithi
Chairman of the National Standards Council, Karanja Thiong’o
Permanent Secretary in my Ministry, Karanja Kibicho
Chairman of the Board: Eng. Geoffrey Ng’ang’a Mang’uriu –
KENYA POWER AND LIGHTING COMPANY (KPLC):
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer; Joseph K Njoroge
Company Secretary; Laurencia K Njagi
Chief Manager, Energy Transmission; Sammy MuitaChief Manager,
Commercial Services; Rosemary K GitongaChief Manager,
Distribution; Benson MuriithiChief Manager, Planning, Research and Performance Monitoring; Eng. Raphael Mwaura
KENYA PETROLIUM REFINERIES:
General Manager: John Mruttu
Finance Manager: Reuben Ndinya.
Human Resource Manager: Martin Wahome
Engineering Manager: Charles Nguyai.