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(America): When Slots For Illegals Are Eliminated, America Will Have More Slots For the World's Best, Brightest, and Exceptionally Talented To Immigrate and Renew America.

How should America treat it's illegal immigrants? The Biden pick for Health and Human Services nominee wants illegals to be given Medicaid.

And this is what we think is wrong with American immigration, and one that should be overhauled. Australia for instance, processes Illegals, assylum seekers and refugees in the far off island of Papua New Guinea.

In America meanwhile, illegals are being processed at the border patrol, and it gets even worse, in the Biden administration, assylum seekers will be allowed to travel to the United States as they await the results of their assylum application.

This Biden administration move in championing for illegals, assylum seekers, and refugees has made immigrant caravans all the way from Africa, Honduras, and Haiti begin to travel by foot to the United States border.

When there are so many illegals in America, the burden will be on the American taxpayer to provide them with food stamps and unemployment benefits. Besides, illegal immigrants decrease the slots for the legal immigrants that the United States truly needs. It's why we think that immigration should be overhauled, to increase slots for the best and brightest, and those with exceptional talents that will prepare America for the next phase of growth in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), smart hardware, Fintech, carbon materials, and such fancied fields, which America is struggling to hold on to the global lead.

China and India alone produce two Thirds of the world's PhDs, China has two million engineers. That's what's at stake for America. When the illegals are eliminated, the slots for H1-B Visas, how the most talented foreign workers will be increased ten fold, of course with safeguards so that large businesses cannot use the H1-B Visa as an excuse for paying poor American workers low salaries.

To be black and be a capitalist, and a Republican, is not an anomaly. An incompatibility sort of.

We wish golfing legend Tiger Woods quick recovery in the Los Angeles accident. But here is our proposition regarding the incident.

The next chapter in the American Civil rights movement is the availing of business capital and entrepreneurship to blacks and Latinos. African Americans don't have have to make wealth in their " traditional strong fields" like sports and entertainment".

They can make wealth solving the toughest challenges that plague America and the world. They can wildly be successful creative genius entrepreneurs. The job of diversity and inclusion is supposed to make blacks be included in the former white spaces in powerful jobs, but blacks shouldn't be a tick in the box. An affirmative action hire or elite college admittee. A racial justice issue.

Moreover, the smartest blacks now don't attend historically black Colleges like Howard or Morehouse but now attend the Ivy League and Uber Private colleges like Harvard, Duke, and Yale, then go on to work in Wall Street, representing a brain drain on the African American community when a struggling black business would have needed their talents.

And since small businesses are the primary employers, it means all this black talent that is being lost to Wall Street and Silicon Valley as a diversity and inclusion issue, an affirmative action hire is going to waste in that the kith and kin these bright black youngsters left behind have no businesses to hire them.

And I know Booker T Washington, a Republican by ideology, the first African American to visit the White House, was shamed for acting white when he said that rather than confronting white supremacists directly, blacks should aim for great careers and entrepreneurship. But nothing could be further from the truth.

And another African American leader, Marcus Garvey, said blacks fail because they don't have a capitalistic system that support them. He was wealth shamed for having a publishing company, media house, real estate and a ship which he hoped would transport all black people back to Africa.

But essentially, to be black and to be capitalist shouldn't be an opposite dichotomy. Likewise, to be black and be Republican should also likewise not be an incompatibility. Because where has the freebies of the Democrats taken blacks? They are at the exact same place where the slave emancipation proclamation left them. Someone said the biggest threat of a black is a white liberal, because they act so sweet without really meaning it, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Social Byte: Is Colorism deep among people of colour?

The simple definition of colorism is that it's where members with a lighter skin among people of color are treated better than their darker skin colleagues of the same race.

Although it's most prevalent in the black race, it's not confined to it alone. An advert in a French billboard paints a successful French parent as one where a successful black male is married to a biracial or light skinned black.

In India, you wouldn't know that half their population is darker skinned from watching Indian Bollywood movies as all the acting gigs go to the light skinned Indians and not the untouchable dark skinned dalites. 

This has of course spawned a lucrative bleaching creams as blacks, especially females want to be light skinned and upgrade their social status. 

Does Writing Really Pay That Much. Can it Be a Full Time Career, Especially in Africa.

The joke is that one of the ways for you to die a poor man or woman for that matter is to take up writing as a full time career. As a weekly columnist for the Star Newspaper in Kenya, the third in the market daily, I got paid $30 per weekly column of 350 words. Granted, one could say that pay is too much for just 350 words. But it is the quality that matters, not the word count. And I knew I had worked on my craft well, and so I felt shortchanged.

Again, I wrote a 12 page educational advertorial pull out for the same Star Newspaper Kenya, I got paid $100, even as they made $50,000 from the same pull out in advertisements.

Coincidentally, one of their former radio girls come come Group Marketing Manager responsible for those advertisements in my pull out is also dabbles up as a motivational speaker and goes around telling young impressionable girls that you have the same 24 hours as me, or as Bill Gates. So, why doesn't she start with paying people their fair dues first?

I had done much research and knew that as a weekly Columnist for the Telegraph, Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of Britain, was getting $250,000 a year pay, that is $5,000 a week, just for scribbling a few quality words a week.

I also knew of a weekly technology columnist in The Wall Street Journal that got paid a million dollars a year for a weekly column, that is $20,000. I'm interested in that especially because I did Mechanical Engineering for my Bachelors Degree.

So, why doesn't writing pay in Africa. The reason is simply we haven't professionalised the creative scene, that is writers, singers, actors, et al. It is still a buyers market. They set the price. We follow along. And that needs to change if our kind is going to take up writing as a full time career rather than a side hustle.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Could Bobi Wine rescue Uganda and East Africa

Robert Kyaghulani, better known as Bobi Wine, is a man on a mission. The ragga star turned politician, at only 36 years, is rewriting a new political chapter in Uganda. His political nemesis, Yoweri Museveni, is not taking it lying down and is pulling all strings to see Bobi Wine's political star dim.

Just as Bobi Wine was being born, Museveni was in the same boots that Bobi is currently in. He was traversing the world to tell of the excesses of Milton Obote and Idi Amin. How is it then that this is the political journey of many so called saviours of Africa. That one starts as a defender of the people, but then, after sometime entitlement sets in. Museveni was at one time described by former US President Bill Clinton as one of the rising stars of Africa.

Bobi wine is on a great path. He should champion Uganda's cause day and night. And ultimately, if and when he gets power, he should not fall onto the same narrative of African leaders. That of turning from being a saviour, to being an entitled autocrat.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Paul Allen- How Kenya can create more Paul Allens

The co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen is dead. He lives a rich legacy behind, that,s how fellow Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, describes him. Then, how can Kenya create more Paul Allens? Here's how. Kenya needs to get three things right, and if it does, a slew of Paul Allens will be created.

We have to get it right in our education system. Right now, our education system focuses on too much rote learning, in place of an all round education that imparts skills and knowledge to our children. Our universities must not just produce job seekers but graduates who will innovate and above all become real world class entrepreneurs.

Secondly, there has to be real capital that flows into the knowledge economy in the form of venture capital. Silicon Valley in the US was able to grow and flourish because of real availability of capital. In Kenya, we are not funding ideas of the knowledge economy. We are merely funding old money ideas in the form of brick and mortar. If a young lad went to a bank without collateral, he would be chased away very fast.

Third, we must create a market for our products. Right now, we don't have a market for the knowledge economy. Our internet infrastructure is almost nil. Our market for idea businesses is almost nil. For entrepreneurs therefore, they have to create a market first, then build the service or product. This takes a huge toil on them.

If we focus on the above three factors, then be assured that Kenya will produce many more Paul Allens now and in the future. It can be done.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Sonko should stop cheap publicity and turn around Nairobi

Nairobi was once described as the beautiful city in the sun. The late Julius Nyerere, the founding father of Tanzania, described Nairobi as Africa's London. He said that you didn't need to visit London, instead, Nairobi was London. Then why is Nairobi not described as London right now? The answer lies in the poor leadership of Nairobi. Nairobi needs more of a first class manager than a politician. Sadly, Nairobi voters voted for a politician, and not a technocrat manager. 

Polycarp Igathe, who would have been a great technocrat turn around manager, resigned in huff in January. Sonko, instead of addressing the issues that Nairobi faces, has instead chosen to rule Nairobi by use of publicity stunts. Nairobi has so much to offer. It is the great metropolis of East and Central Africa. It has to market itself as the gateway to Africa. Also, the sprawling city could be the innovation hub of Africa, in essence creating Africa's silicon Savannah. Nairobi has the talent needed, venture capital funds are pouring money into promising start ups. In a few years time, all these start ups will become fully fledged companies. Heck! we could even have a few tech super stars that will compete with the likes of Google and Amazon.

Let's not forget that Nairobi could also be the great transport hub for Africa, acting as a great link for international flights. Already, in a few days, Kenya Airways will be flying direct to New York. As a financial hub, Nairobi too would do well. It could serve as Africa's center for financial services. In that tune, it could become a Singapore, Hongkong, London, or New York of Africa. Just as South Africa's Gauteng province acts as a financial hub, and contributes to 10 percent of Africa's GDP, Nairobi could follow that route too.

So, what's needed to make Nairobi great is a focused and determined leadership. The question should be, Is Sonko the right manager for Nairobi? The answer is absolutely not. He's a first class politician. It is then time to focus and put pressure to Mike Sonko to urgently reform Nairobi. It will be one of the best gifts for Africa.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Is Africa becoming a Chinese Colony?

Africa has always blamed the West- Europe, for its underdevelopment. But now, a new master of the continent is emerging- China. In the past few days, there was an uproar after a popular Zambian newspaper- The Zambia Times, was published in mandarin- a Chinese dialect.

China wants the relationship between it and Africa to be one of mutual benefit to both parties. China has advanced to Africa loans to develop. It has availed its technology to Africa, especially in the big infrastructural projects. True to form, Africa has embraced China like no other friend. The recent China-Africa summit in Beijing is a point in focus. In it, China promised to continue the good bilateral relations between it and the continent, and even promised to forgive its loans to the poorest of countries. However, there is emerging doubt whether this relationship is two sided. For instance, the technology transfer to Africa is just not there. In the SGR project in Kenya for example, thousands of Chinese are engaged to do low level jobs that the locals can do. The locals, even engineers, are left to do manual tasks that do not inculcate any skills.

Even then, the loans themselves are prohibitive. When the terms of the loans are not adhered to, the Chinese have violently moved on to take over the project. For instance, a whole national airport in Zambia has been taken over by the Chinese after Zambia staggered in paying its loans.

Then, there is the little question of racism. The whole relationship between Europe and Africa has been underpinned by the fact that Africans are inferior to Europeans. It doesn't feel different for China. Recently, a Zambian student studying in China was beaten to death by Chinese students, for dating a Chinese lady. In the social media video, the student, Chrispine Mwale, is reminded of how poor Africa is.

The above altercations may point only to Zambia. But example after example in Africa, it seems the the relationship between China and Africa is one sided, and must be re-calibrated if Africa is to benefit, as the Chinese are now benefiting.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Time for referendum is ripe, but it should be to better Kenyans' lives

The push for a referendum is being supported by more and more people, except the Deputy President William Ruto of course. The current debate is that we are over represented. What is the work of the senate? What is the work of all these MPs? Let's compare ourselves with the United States for example, from which we borrowed much of the present day constitution. The US has 435 congressmen, similar to MPs, but it is the size of subsaharan Africa. Kenya, the size of a state like California, has 290 legislators. What about the cost? And the pay of the legislators? Our MPs earn among the highest salaries in the world, and yet, we are among the poor countries on earth. And before we even go further, what is the work of women representatives? Is it just for affirmative action? We can have affirmative action in other ways, but it should not be at the expense of burdening Wanjiku.

What is the work of the senate? If its to defend devolution, it has failed in its mandate, as the government is busy eating into devolution day by day. The solution is this. Let's slash the number of MPs to just 94, the number of counties to just 14, remember, the counties are supposed to be self sustainable.  Presently, they are not. The number of senators to just 14, and the number of governors to just 14. We would save huge sums of money if we went with this approach. More importantly, Wanjiku will not be over burdened as is the case now.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The pact between the Odinga, Moi, and Kenyatta Families.

Deputy President William Ruto is at it again. He's called Raila Odinga a conman. The DP has called President Kenyatta's and Raila's handshake as not being sincere. The handshake was a pact between the two royal families that have dominated politics since Kenya's independence. Raila, a leftist wants Kenya to be a socialist utopia, where public service would be the clarion call for us. On this, Raila envisions Kenya as being along the lines of Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden. On the other hand, Uhuru Kenyatta is a right wing capitalist who envisions Kenya as being the epicenter of business activity in Africa, and where business spurs on growth.

Both of these visions are good for Kenya. What we need is a healthy mix of both, since one system alone can be dangerous for us. Where does Ruto fit in this. Thus far, the Moi family could be the centrist ideologue for Kenya, balancing things between the Odinga and the Kenyatta dynasty. The emerging revolutionaries in Kenya must draw their lines according to these three families.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Jail the rich and powerful, and we will have won the war on corruption.

DPP Nordin Haji is hellbent on making sure that the corrupt are put behind bars. However, to date, we have not seen a senior public figure head to jail. This is our failing. Only the small fish are being netted. Let's look elsewhere how they have managed to tame corruption. In the US, the corrupt are brought before courts, and handed lengthy jail sentences. In Europe, the corrupt resign immediately once they are caught. In China, the corrupt, however mighty, are executed.In Japan, the corrupt commit suicide once they are found out.

In Kenya, what do we do to the corrupt. We glorify them. We want to be a part of them. We want to eat some of their ill gotten wealth. And the best of them, we elect them to office, and protect them, from the enemies of our communities, because they want to finish us. Can we as a country make a promise that we'll fight corruption and that just as the small fish are caught, the bigger fish will also be caught. Its the only way to develop our dear country.

What Kenya needs is a movement, not a revolution.

Right now, there is no opposition in Kenya. Since the famous handshake, Raila Odinga has abandoned his supporters, and gone to bed with Jubilee. While many clamor that Kenya needs a revolution urgently, what we really need is a movement. Look, Raila Odinga has been the head of the revolution in Kenya for the last twenty years. Every time, his revolution has been cut off. In 2007, his revolution came to a naught after a bungled presidential election. In march  2018, his revolution came to a naught after the famous handshake, what many are now calling a 'handcheque'. 

However, I opine that what Kenya needs is a movement and not a revolution. A movement is fed by the rank and file, that is by everyone, not just a leader alone. In 2018, Uhuru not only managed to bring Raila on board, he did so on the entire opposition. So much so that the most vocal MPs in calling for tax increases were actually ODM MPs. Does a movement need a leader. Yes, but the leader is not absolute. He feeds into the rank and file, and makes the movement to mutate. He makes the movement to adapt. He makes the movement to be unstoppable. However, unlike a revolution, when the leader is compromised, the movement is left intact.

Kenya could have taken off in 1963, but greed and tribalism did not allow it. Kenya could have taken off in 1978, but political consolidation by Moi ensured that his first task was self preservation. Kenya could have taken off in 1992 at the height of multi-partyism, but naked ambition and tribalism curtailed it. In 2007, Kenya could have taken off, but a bungled Presidential election ensured that the dream was deffered. In 2018, the handshake deffered our dream for take off again. Right now, the Kenyan revolution must mutate and become a movement. Its the only way that we will rescue the failing Kenyan state.

Ruto wants to be the head of a movement, not a revolution.

2022 is far, but we are already deep into politicking. Deputy President William Ruto has come out as a key adversary of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. William Ruto wants to take over the revolution that Raila Odinga abandoned after he joined hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta in the famous handshake.

For starters, Raila was a leader of a revolution, not a movement. When you want to scuttle a revolution, all you have to do is to cut off the leader, and you would have succeeded in bringing he revolution to a naught. Watch how the opposition has gone quiet. However, what Ruto must do is that he must become the leader of a movement. A movement is different from a revolution. A movement is fed by the rank and file, not just the leader alone. It adapts. It mutates. It is unstoppable. Can Ruto manage that? If he can't, who will be the next head of a movement in Kenya?

Jacque Maribe- Why do good girls fall for bad boys

Imagine the TV siren Jacque Maribe had no idea where her killer boyfriend, Joe 'Jowie' Irungu lived, worked, or stayed. She met Joe Irungu in a club, and she fell head over heels in love. Why couldn't she take her time and analyse the man. Why couldn't she take her time and learn the man who she wanted to spend the rest of her life with? While she was still dating statehouse insider Dennis Itumbi, why couldn't she take precaution first? Now, she went from dating a statehouse rumor boy to a complete stranger in the name of Irungu. Before that, she was dating Star newspaper's Oliver Mathenge. Rumours are that Jacque Maribe loves sex and the two gentlemen before Irungu couldn't satisfy her in bedroom matters.

Now, her career in the media could be almost over, just because she wanted something extra between the sheets. Some have defended Jacque Maribe in that a woman always wants security. One commenter on twitter said that ' If the guy has taken pictures with guns, told you he works for a private security firm with international credentials, and told you he has killed al-qaeda members, what more could you ask for as a woman? If Biology intended that good girls date bad boys, then it is imperative that good girls date good boys, then try to inculcate the characters of bad boys into good men. It could be a tough balancing act but it could work.

Jacque Maribe- Is the Kenyan middle class rotten to the core

Citizen TV news anchor , Jacque Maribe, will appear in court this morning for the murder of Monica Kimani. His boyfriend, Joe 'Jowie' Irungu, is the lead suspect in that murder. What's interesting is that Jacque Maribe is the one who reported that story, without ever blinking an eye. As the rush for ratings among our media houses continue, may be we have goten the whole quality thing rong. How does a journalist get implicated in such a 'gangster' life. What does it tell of the media house that she works for? Is the rush for quick riches in our society so pervasive that we have forgotten the basic rules of decency?

We all want quick fixes. Sadly, our role modles are the politicians who loot billions, and we want to also enjoy that lifestyle that they enjoy. And to the feminists, Jacque Maribe is being dragged through this because it is her fiance that is the lead suspect. Somewhere for her, the line between love and common decency got blurred, and she can't differentiate between the two right now. Although the secret life of Monica Kimani has been told, it is now mandatory that she and her family get justice, because she has already gone to the ages. Her soul must get justice. That is our prayer. And for the youth- wealth that comes from taking short cuts is always laced with drama, and would do well to avoid it.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Let Uhuru copy Magufuli's austerity measures

Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli may be authoritarian, but his leadership style is one that our very own Uhuru Kenyatta may have to borrow. Magufuli has flown to the UN General Assembly gahering by using a public means , and carried a delegation of just 7 members. Our very own Uhuru Kenyatta used the Presidential jet, and carried a delegation of over 200 members.

Yes, Magufuli may be authoritarian, but he is reimagining Tanzania in the mold of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. He is repositioning Tanzania to be the hub in East and Central Africa. Already, this approach is winning, with Rwanda and Uganda increasingly preferring to have their cargo load at Dar-es- Salaam airport, instead of the slow Mombasa airport.

In Kenya, the only pubic figure that is matching Magufuli is Interior minister Fred Matiangi. but sadly, few if any, will elect him if he decides to seek the highest seat in the land. But the point really is even if Uhuru has nothing to lose in his second term, he could do well to enact some austerity measures upon his government. As Kenyans feel the tax increases, let Uhuru show that he stands with the people by enacting some urgent austerity measures upon his government.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Governor Obado case points to a rot in our counties.

Migori governor Okoth Obado has been remanded at the Industrial Area remand prison. He is accused of murdering slain Rongo Univerisy student Sharon Otieno. His bank accounts have also been freezed. Obado's case points to devolved impunity. When we voted for the new constitution, we thought we were devolving power and its attendant goodies. But just look at where we are now.

It would be hard to find a governor who has not looted at least a billion shillings from the county coffers. The loot is stashed abroad, instead of being used to develop our counties. Many governors have now acquired several mistresses, and a fleet of luxury cars. As we feel the pinch of the rise in prices of fuel, our politicians are enjoying all the luxuiries.

Sooner or later, just as the French revolution happened because of the largesses of the French monarchy, Kenyans one day will get tired of the ruling class and overthrow it. A revolution is eminent in Kenya. The only thing that has prevented a revolution is our alignment to tribe, rather than ideology. Once we shift our allegiances from tribe to the larger Kenyan nation state, a revolution will happen. The leader of such a revolution is still unknown, but in due time, there shall be one that will emerge and launch the much needed revolution.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Succession- Polycarp Igathe becomes new Equity MD for Kenyan Operations.

Polycarp Igathe, who was at one time the Nairobi deputy governor, is now the new Equity Bank MD for Kenyan operations. Igathe who resigned from the deputy governor's post in January, fell out with Governor Sonko after he claimed that he had failed to earn the trust of Sonko. Mr. Igathe looks set to be groomed to take over from Dr. James Mwangi once he retires. Equity bank is now the most profitable bank in Kenya, and its success has seen it used as a case study in leading business schools across the world.

Uhuru signing into law finance bill 2018 shows he is not in touch with common man

President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally signed the finance bill 2018, which introduces a tax of 8 percent on fuel, and a raft of other taxes. President Kenyatta has promised that he will be more prudent with public money, and urged Kenyans to support the measures. Even then, Uhuru must be told that Kenya does not need more taxes. What it needs more is to curb corruption and wastage. We don't need to borrow money externally. How come Kibaki managed to use local resources but still left President Kenyatta with a healthy budget? How come that under Kibaki, 95 percent of the budget was financed locally? Let's curb corruption and wastage, and Kenya shall grow into prosperity. That's it.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

We cannot borrow our way to prosperity

Today, members of parliament will vote on Uhuru budget proposals to impose 8 percent VAT on petroleum products. This is the day when we shall know who will stand with poor Kenyans and who will sell us out. We have been borrowing senselessly, and now its time to pay the hugely accumulated debts. The tax burden on the Kenyan is just too heavy, and this skyrocketing of prices will just finish us alive. 

Nations that develop do so on their savings, not on senseless borrowing without any regard on how the money will be spent. Borrowing in itself is not bad. If money is borrowed then spent on capital expenditure, this is not bad. But what does Uhuru Kenyatta borrow money for. Its to spend the money on useless projects that do not benefit the common mwananchi. Why borrow for the six lane highway Mombasa Road when the SGR is already in place? Worse still, we borrow then we steal the funds, with nothing to show for development.What major developments have we undertaken to build from the borrowed money? Nothing. 

The sad fact is that the more we borrow, the more we steal. Look at NYS 1, NYS 2, people are just stealing money meant for the youth to have more skills. And the sad scenario again is that no action is taken on those who have looted the funds. Lenient bail conditions ensure that all the corrupt go scot free. In the US, the corrupt are jailed by the courts, no matter how high their positions are. In Europe, the corrupt resign. In Japan, the corrupt commit suicide because of the shame they have brought to themselves and their country. In China, the corrupt are executed. And these countries have systems that work.

In Kenya, we borrow, then we steal, then we borrow again. Its a sad affair for the country. Kenya cannot develop with such state of affairs. It will only go downhill. 

Mike Sonko's leadership style is what Nairobi needs

Mike Sonko and Tanzania's President John Magufuli have one thing in common- their leadership styles.  When Mike Sonko made an impromptu visit to Pumwani Maternity hospital, he caught the Pumwani management off guard. Sacking and suspensions followed. The fact is Nairobi county is one big mess. To fix Nairobi is no small task. The city that was designed for a half a million people is now host to 4 million people. Nairobi has lost its once famed status as the city in the sun.

The middle class does not like Mike Sonko. But the poor Wanjiku identifies with Mike Sonko. He speaks to their hopes and fears. He relates to them. The middle class does not like this. It wants someone in the mold of Peter Kenneth or Jimnah Mbaru. It wants someone who is corporate so to speak. But have these corporates delivered anything? For one, Nairobi is not a company. Solutions that work for companies are not the same solutions that Nairobi needs. Nairobi needs someone who is dedicated to public service.

True, Sonko has his weaknesses. He sometimes shows off too much. He dresses casually. He fires people on the spot. But these are attributes that have not affected his leadership. True, it is too early to judge whether Sonko has performed. The sewage system is broken. The public transport is a mess. The city is dirty. Cartels are still running the show. However, by small inches, Sonko is trying his level best to ensure that Nairobi gets his former glory back. He should get our support.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Raila is not to blame for the rise in fuel prices

Kenyans are up in arms over the increased VAT on petroleum products. But should we really blame Raila for supporting Uhuru's proposals. The truth is that Raila Odinga has always been on the side of poor Kenyans. Where there was injustice, Raila rallied for the poor Kenyan. When he asked for our votes, we blamed him that he was out to finish the kikuyus. When Raila wanted social justice, we yelled that Kenya was a capitalist country and that we didn't need his vision of socialist utopia. Instead, Raila chose to keep quiet after the handshake with his once bitter rival- Uhuru Kenyatta.

The truth is that Raila wanted to turn Kenya into a vibrant social democracy in the mold of Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden. But Kenyans rejected this, telling Raila to stop politicking.

So, why are we now castigating Raila when he keeps quiet. Why castigate Raila when he chooses to work with his friend Uhuru Kenyatta. If we would have bought into his vision, Kenya would have been a vibrant socialist country, and would have leapfrogged to being the tiger of Africa. The amazing thing is that once we are done with the empty opposition to government, we would still vote along ethnic lines in the 2022 elections. Is it any wonder that we elect thieves and plunderers in every election cycle? Let's turn instead to the politics of ideology instead of tribe. Even as we wait for the next king of opposition to emerge, we should change our mindset from tribe to ideology. This is the only form of democracy that works. It is the only way to lift Kenya up.

Kenya and Africa does not need external loans- It needs good use of resources.

According to various studies, Africa has received nearly 1 trillion dollars in aid since 1960. Paradoxically, this is the money it has lost through corruption. Kenya and Africa has only one problem, and it is not lack of money. It is how to use and spend the money. As treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich prepares to slash our budget to 2.97 trillion shillings, we must ask ourselves as a country what makes us borrow incessantly, year in year out.

The sad thing is that even as everyone is asked to tighten their belts, money continues to be wasted. Just look at Deputy President William Ruto as he donates over 10 million shillings in every harambee. Where does he get that kind of money from? A report by Ipsos ranked him as the most corrupt person in Kenya. He has never come forward to defend himself.

Fighting corruption is not something we are doing too well. Suspects are handed over to our courts, our courts impose lenient bail conditions and the case gets prolonged until it disappears from the public psyche. This is how we continue to lose money day in day out. When we are done with eating public money, we carry our begging bowls to Western and Eastern capitals to borrow more money. For instance, we are so indebted to China that it could make us a colony if it wanted to. The point is that Kenya and Africa is not poor. It is the extent of how we have wasted money meant for public use that continues to haunt us.


South Africa legalizes bhang- Will Kenya follow suit.

South Africa's highest court has just legalized bhang for private and personal use. It is another ruling that has placed South Africa as the most liberalised country in Africa. Not too long ago, South Africa legalised gay marriage, becoming the first African country to do so. Bhang users in Kenya have often called for its legalization to no avail. Bhang is thought to have some medicinal value, but excessive consumption of it has always been dangerous. If bhang is legalised, this will open a multi billion shilling industry in Kenya.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

NASA move to support President Kenyatta's VAT proposals is ill timed; We have no opposition

Nasa has just resolved that to support President Kenyatta's proposal to impose an 8 percent tax on petroleum products. The suffering by poor Kenyans is immeasurable. It shows that Nasa has abandoned its watchful role and instead gone and dined with Jubilee.

Since the handshake, there has not been an effective opposition in Kenya. The opposition has been eaten by Jubilee. Kenyans are on their own. Now, the civil society must step in, and offer a much needed resistance to Jubilee. What we must now do is to for every citizen to hold the government to account. While the handshake brought calm to the country, it must not be at the expense of holding the government to account.

We must now launch a movement where every Kenyan participates in. A movement is different from a revolution. While you can chop off the head of a revolutionary and bring the revolution to a naught, you cannot do that with a movement. A movement adapts. It mutates. It is long serving, because every one feeds into it. The movement leader must step up, and take the reigns of opposition.

Kenya's middle class the missing link in Kenya's take off.

Throughout the world, an economy cannot function unless the middle class gets involved in the democratization of the state. As President Uhuru Kenyatta moves to introduce a VAT of 8 percent on all petroleum products, it is the middle class that will suffer the most. But why has the Kenyan middle class remained so mum even as the Jubilee brigade takes us to the brink of economic collapse?

Kenyan politics has always been a pact between the rich and the poor. The rich are the owners of capital. They have the money and use the poor as its foot soldiers. Provided the poor vote, the pact between the poor and the rich is sealed. The middle class is not in this pact. Even then, the middle class is the most affected in case there is political turmoil. The rich can simply fly out in case there is turmoil while the poor has nothing to lose. This leaves the middle class as the one to take the heat.

The civic engagement of the middle class is simply low. Worse,a majority of the middle class have an appetite for material things. The level of indebtedness of the middle class is simply worrying. As middle class, the good things in life come first. As the middle class pile on debts to buy such things as cars and sofa sets, they sink further in debts, and their participation in politics becomes nil. They don't attend rallies. They even don't know their MP and governor, let alone their MCA.

What makes the US a successful democracy is the involvement of the middle class in the political process. Heck, the ones who run for office are mostly middle class. Their campaigns rely on donations from the same middle class. Further afield, in Italy and Japan, even as their governments collapse every other day, it is the middle class that have insured those countries against political turmoil of their governments.  So, let's resolve that even as the political climate in Kenya is murky, it is the middle class will stand firm and insure us. Its the only way for Kenya to take off.

Is Kenya and Africa becoming a Chinese Colony?

President Uhuru Kenyatta got invited to the White House on 27th August. In the same week, Uhuru rushed back home as he hosted British Prime Minister Theresa May. Thereafter, President Kenyatta was on the next plane to China. Why the sudden rush for Kenya's soul? Who is a better friend for Kenya and Africa in general?

The West, led by America, has always had an edge in Africa. But not so anymore. The rise of China, and the East, has changed the geopolitical world. China is now the second largest economy in the world, and it is moving fast to capture America and become the world's largest economy. This shows that we are reliving the cold war era, in which there was a serious battle between the West and the East. Why is China becoming such a dominant player in the world today?

First, China views itself more as a developing country and not a developed country. It portrays itself as a friend of the world's poorest countries. Where the IMF and the World Bank left, China has taken over. China has become in the role model in an increasingly multi polar world. At a time when the US is inward looking, China has become outward looking. Under Trump, America is withdrawing from the world. The gap it has left is being filled by China.

Even then, China has a story to tell Kenya and Africa. In the past 30 years, China has lifted nearly 300 million people out of poverty into prosperity. This is a poignant lesson to Africa and the rest of the developing world.

But should we be worried about China's encroachment into Africa? There are reasons to believe so. First, Africa is piling Chinese debts as if there is no tomorrow. It is true that IMF and the World Bank had disastrous policies for Africa. But the panacea for this should not be excessive borrowing of Chinese debts. For one thing, even if China extends favorable loans to Africa, the key beneficiary are the Chinese. First, it is the Chinese companies that are sourced to carry on development projects for Africa. To add pain to injury, instead of transfer of skills to African workers, it is the Chinese employees that are doing the bulk of the work. For instance, in the Standard Gauge Railway- SGR, it is the Chinese employees that do the bulk of the work, so much so that there have been allegations of racism.

The important point though is that Africa has to learn to fend for itself. The West will fight for its interests first. The same applies to Chine. Africa should not look out for the West, neither should it look to the East. It should look inwards to itself and learn to be self reliant. Its the only way to avoid replacing one colonial power-the West, with China- the East.

Kenya doesn't need external loans- It can self finance.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been a busy man this past few weeks. Uhuru was invited by the US President Donald Trump to White House on August 27th, then came back home to host UK Prime Minister Theresa May, before flying out to China for the China- Africa Summit. In all these visits, it became clear to Kenyans that Uhuru was on a borrowing mission. Under President Kenyatta, Kenya;s external debt has ballooned to over 4 trillion shillings, and counting. That means that every Kenyan has a debt of Kshs.120,000. A Kenyan child born today is indebted to this amount.

Under President Kibaki, Kenya financed 95 percent of its budget. This means that Uhuru Kenyatta was left with a healthy budget by President Kibaki. The sad thing is that even as Uhuru borrows, the the bulk of the money goes back to the countries he has borrowed from. If we take China for instance, it is the Chinese economy that has benefited from the SGR loan. It is the Chinese companies that built the railway. It is the Chinese employees that are working at the SGR, the racism allegations notwithstanding. One thing is clear, let's self finance. Let's prioritize on the projects that add value to the Kenyan. Let's eliminate corruption and wastage in our government. Let's reclaim our decency as we fight another attempt to recolonize Kenya and Africa through heavy indebtedness.

Tax burden should fall on the corrupt and the rich, not poor Kenyans.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's move to reduce the VAT on petroleum products from 16 percent to 8 percent will still not address the problem at hand. That is- the lowering of the tax burden on the poor Kenyans. Lets first reason together. What exactly ails the Kenyan economy? One, we are over represented. We have too many MPs, governors, senators, and MCAs. Ant these people command salaries that many of us can only dream of. According to studies by various think tanks, a Kenyan MP earns more than his counterpart in the in the US, yet the United States has an economy larger than 100 times that of Kenya. Whats more, the US is roughly the size of Sub-Saharan Africa. I hope that gives you a sense of how richly paid and lazy our political class is.

If we eliminate overepresentation, the natural act to follow must be elimination of corruption. When someone steals public money in the US, they are charged in a court of law, and they get jailed. Nothing like the silly bail that our courts fines the corrupt. That is more like just a pat on the back. The irony though is that when a poor Kenyan steals chicken, they are jailed for several years. What sort of double standards is this? Back to my topic, when a corrupt person in Europe is caught in corruption, they resign- they don'y chest thump as they do here. I shouldn't end here unless I tell you what happens to the corrupt in China and Japan. In China, the corrupt are simply executed, to send a message that the fruit of corruption is death. In the nearby Japan, when the corrupt are found out,  they commit suicide simply because of the guilt and the shame that they feel for stealing the public funds. Can we as a country follow that? It will take a President with guts to bring Kenyans to such level of accountability. President Uhuru Kenyatta has not simply shown that.

So, if we reduce the number of our politicians, and curb on corruption and wastage, we would not need to borrow external loans and tax poor Kenyans heavily. We would transform Kenya into a paradise if we follow these simple steps.

Pumwani hospital proves the rot in our health sector

Pumwani hospital is in the news again. And not for any good. It is because of the filth and the rot in the hospital. Once again, the hospital has not failed to disappoint. An impromptu visit by Nairobi governor Mike Sonko revealed the rot in the hospital. Dead babies, instead of being in the mortuary, are stuffed in paper bags. This is for one convenient reason. The dead babies are exchanged for healthy ones and given to mothers who 'pay'. If you were born in Pumwani hospital, then chances are you are not your father's kid. How many women could have been duped that their new born babies are 'dead' yet they were given to mothers who could pay? Such rot is despicable. 

The rot at Pumwani hospital comes hot on the hills of the KNH saga, which saw doctors operate on the wrong patient. Just as the board at KNH was dissolved, so too was the rot at Pumwani. Even then, we must take cognizant of the rot that ails our health sector. Doctors are overworked and underpaid. The facilities are overstretched, and worse, there are even power blackouts that renders important procedures such as surgery to be compromised. In the meantime though, the health sector needs a critical overhaul if we are to turn around the sector. 

Monday, 17 September 2018

Eliud Kipchoge shines for Kenya, but are they winning moneywise?

Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon in a record time to slash the world marathon record. The women's edition was won by Gladys Cherono. Our athletes are winning on the course, but are they winning moneywise? The major problem with our athletes is lack of publicity. While our athletes can match Usain Bolt's record on the track, few if any of the athletes can match his earnings. The publicity that Usain Bolts commands is just on another level. He is foolowed by numerous brands to be their ambassodors. According to the Forbes rich list on sports personalities, no Kenyan appears among the top.

How can we convert the prowess of our athletes from prowess on the field to bigger account balances? One issue that we could look for is brand endorsements. What we must remember curiously is that our athletes will only earn more from corporates by them being effective brand ambassadors. Herein, being able to communicate well should be one of the first attributes that our athletes must possess. Its the only way they can join the Forbes rich list. 

World mourns the great poet, David Rubadiri- but how do develop more young Rubadiris?

Poet and novelist David Rubadiri died on september 15 2018 in his native Malawi. Mr. Rubadiri works that touch on Africa are plenty, and the literary world will miss him. The question though on the African literary world is if we will see young writers of the caliber of David Rubadiri.

Young talented writers in Africa face many challenges. Many are exiled abroad as the literary scene in Africa continues to deteriorate. Even then, these young talented African writers, the fact is that whereas the 1970s African writers fled the continent because of political persecution, the young budding African writers are economic exiles rather than political. Our African writers are not being paid well, period!!! African universities cannot afford to let our budding literary stars become economic migrants in the West. It is believed that African brains abroad contribute at least 40 times more on developed countries as opposed to their motherland. This should stop if we even have a chance to develope the African literary scene.

So, as we mourn the late Professor Rubadiri, we shouldn't just sit pretty and assume that plenty of  young Rubadiris will rise up. That should be our guiding principle as we hope to become a superpower in the literary scene. In the words of another great literary star, Okoto P'Bitek, Africa- and East Africa particularly, should not be a literary desert.

Monday, 19 March 2018

DEVINE

Dear Beloved ,

Please, pardon my means of contacting you. I am Mrs.Benice Mathews now undergoing medical treatment in Cecilia Makiwane Hospital South Africa.
I am married to Dr.Thomas Mathew who worked with British Judicial Commission in England for over a decade before he died on 5th of July 2010.
We were married for fifteen years without a child.He died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks.

Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for the down trodden and the less privileged in the society. Since his death I decided not
to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Ten Million,Five Hundred Thousand with one
Finance/Security Company in Europe which he intend to use for Real Estate Project/Orphanages. Presently, this money is still with the Security Company.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next 4 months due to a rare form of cancer of the pancreas.

Though what disturbs me most is my stroke.Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God
fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct,for a Real Estate Project/Orphanages to fulfil my husband wishes.
I want an individual that will use this to fund and provide succour to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and widows and for propagating peace
in the universe and also generate income on any investment made in the Real Estate Project/Orphanages.

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor
persons and I do not want my husbands hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify.
I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner,hence the reason for taking this bold decision.
I am not afraid of death because I know where I am going.I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty.I do not need any telephone communication
in this regard because of my health,and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always.I do not want them to know about this development.
With God all things are possible.As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact person of the Finance/Security Company in Europe.

I would need your response to  be directed to this email for sake of confidentiality only to this email-benmathews@cheerful.com at all times.
Hope to hear from you. Thank you and may the Almighty bless you Amen.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs.Benice Mathews

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Greetings My Dear Friend.

Greetings My Dear Friend.

Brief introduction, I am widow from Syria, married to late Engr.Alahaji Omer Ibrahim who worked with an oil company in Abidjan Ivory Coast.  He retired in the year 2002. He died in the year 2011 after an attack by armed robbery here in Africa. I and my late husband have been in Africa for so many years before his death.

I have decided to leave Africa now back to our country  Syria due to sham and  insecurity here   because this marriage made me  change my family  religion from Christianity  to Muslim because of this my family here is Africa rejected me and  this has effected me so much  since the death of my beloved husband,

We are presently in a nearby country from Abidjan Ivory Coast to Burkina Faso for security reason and for the safety of the fund here in BF.

 I and my son planed to move to Syria  but the war there now  is a very big problem for us ,so we have decided to relocate to your country with the amount my late husband deposited with  a security company called CORNERSTONE SECURITY/FINANCE COMPANY  here in Burkina faso, if you can help  and  accept us in your country as your guest   we will be grate full , as we don't have any relation there in your country we need your assistance , on this ,  you have to receive this  funds  which the SECURITY COMPANY here has agreed to  transfer out from my late husband account to your local account over there in  your country

You have to lead us in the area which we have to invest these funds so that it will benefit to both of us, that is exactly what we need from you now, as we don't have idea of investment.

if you are honest and capable to handle this funds,  for us we have to ask the security company to contact you as our partner that will provide an account for the release of this funds from the security company here.

The fund is 7.2Million Euro deposited in the Cornerstone Security/Finance Company BF.

We have to give you more details after your reply on this. Get back to me for discussion, I attached my photo for you to know whom you are dealling with.

Here is my private email.. mrsfatimaibrahim02@gmail.com

I am waiting to hear from you
Mrs Fatima Ibrahim

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Hi Dear,

Hi Dear,

how are you today,I hope you are doing great.It is my great pleasure to contact you and i hope you don't mind,I was just surfing through the Internet search when i found your email address,I want to make a new and special friend,I hope you don't
mind.
     
My name is Tracy William,I am from the United States of America but presently I live and work in England,I will give you pictures and details of me as soon as i hear from you my private email address (tracywilliamusa@gmail.com)

bye
Tracy