Posts Tagged Karua

They never should have given us freedom to choose

“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

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Baba said it, we thought him mad

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

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Meet the 2013 candidates, same as the 2007 candidates, sons of the 1963 candidates

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

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Why are we acting shocked that the CJ was chosen by tribe?

The two principals

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.

JUDICIARY:

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:

Governor-Prof. Ndungu

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.

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