politics

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PROPOSED MEDIA BILL

After trying to push through this archaic piece of legislation, the primary backers of the bill plus the government are now beating a hasty retreat.

In as much as the media needs to find some sort of regulation, this bill is distastefully misplaced and only out to serve the politicians interest.

The nerve of the politicians to try to pass this bill is ……………… lets say I never thought I’d see the day. In an election year, barely months to go to the ballot these &*(*^% must be very confident of getting back the power to propose such bills.

From the hefty pay rises to immunity from prosecution of crimes commited before certain dates to this.

I smell a rat my fellow Kenyans, a big stinking rat. What is it if not preparation of massive looting could this be construed as?

1. Increase your salaries a lot fold

2.For those of us who started looting much earlier, protect ourselves from KACC prosecution

3.Push the election date further

4. Make sure if not elected, get a lot of cash to comfort my disappointment and make up for what I would have looted.

5. If any one gets curious, make sure the media can’t report it and if they do, I’ll be able to get my hands on the snitch who told them. And if they piss me off burn their premises.

This my fellow Kenyans are the bills our politicians are trying to sneak in.

AFFIRMATIVE FAVOUR

Now I personally for Affirmative Action, and in as much as the proposal for nominating 50 women to the next parliament seems laudable, its a step in the wrong direction. Before you go labeling me as a chauvinistic pig hear this out.

Now women should be treated as equals, right? Why then would they take this offer while it clearly labels them as incapable of battling it out with the men in the General Elections? To me this is a well orchestrated con.

If they accept the offer, it means that in party nominations no woman will be cleared to run for office, besides there’s already 50 seats waiting for nominations, hence no need to sweat things out with the boys

Let not the women be deceived by this trickery, for this deal gives with one hand and takes with the other.

If women want more seats in Parliament, let them use the same way men get there – corruption, bribery, lies e.t.c – and not through favors. No-one remembers Nominated MPs, they just weren’t good enough to make the cut. Except of course for Hon Njoki Ndungu (Great Work)

And if that doesn’t change your mind then read about Susan .B. Anthony

“Remember remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason and plot. For I see no reason why the gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot.”

-V in V for Vendetta-

Though it might seem misplaced, this little poem from V for Vendetta one of my absolute favorite movies came to mind on the 07 July 2007. The day that was quietly forgotten or should I say conveniently forgotten. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the kind to look for an excuse to shout out ‘rebel, rebel’ in fact I’m also guilty of letting this day go ………………… quietly.

The reason I took to reflect on the importance of this day and the linking it to V for Vendetta, was a simple question, Did we really get what we set out for?

Seventeen years, seventeen years since the first ‘Saba Saba’ rallies (which to point out was the largest outcry for democracy) were held. Seventeen years since our fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers stepped up and voiced what we didn’t because of fear and a decade of persecution, pain and torture. Seventeen years ago began the struggle, a struggle that the outcome enables me to write this blog. We have come far as Kenyans, but I AM ASHAMED OF MYSELF.

I am ashamed I haven’t been true to those who fought for what I enjoy, I have turned my back once again to heroes and heroines that shaped today. I did it first by insulting our freedom fighters by forgetting them and I’m appalled at myself on how easy this betrayal to our heroes & heroines memories has once again occured.

So I’m not political (you can tell since my politics page isn’t as up to date) but its no excuse for me or any other Kenyan to let these vital memories fade to ashes.

“Remember remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason and plot. For I see no reason why the gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot.”

I did a google image search of saba saba looking for pics to remind us all ………………………. this post has no pictures.

“Remember remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason and plot. For I see no reason why the gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot.”

CANDIDATES:

I’m trying to compile as much as I can on the this year’s general elections presidential candidates. In as much as I’m trying to be objective and equal please fell free to point out if I lean heavily on either the Govt or Opposition side.

So I believe it would only be fair to start with the Opposition (my resources are limited to the internet hence this info is collected from the candidates sites or their supporters)

1. HON NAJIB BALALA : (info and pics from www.najibbalala.net)

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I want to live in a Kenya where we will endeavour to deliver government to the people not the people to government. For years politics of patronage have evolved around peddling ethnic or regional influence. Often regional kingmakers have emerged who work with the establishment to take care of their selfish interests and in return enhance grass root support for the political leadership at the centre. This has been possible because of presidential authoritarianism. On the trail of the patron-client relations between the centre and periphery of Kenyan politics an impoverished people in the midst of plenty, disfranchised in what should be a democracy.

The utmost goal of my administration will be to work towards minimising the disastrous impacts of marginalisation. We will come up with a programme that aims at ultimately ending this vice.

For more on Najib Balala go here

2.HON RAILA ODINGA: (info and pics www.raila07.com & odmk.org)

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*EXCERPTS* RAILA ODINGA’S VISION FOR KENYA*EXCERPTS*

Hon. Raila Odinga’s Vision for Kenya and Kenyans

HON RAILA ODINGA’S VISION LAUNCH SPEECH ON 6TH, MAY 2007

YOUR Excellencies, Honourable Members of Parliament, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I, Raila Amolo Odinga, hereby submit my application to the people of Kenya for the position of president, which shall fall vacant later this year.

IT was our forefathers who coined and encapsulated the Kenyan Dream, at the time our country became an independent nation in 1963. They expressed the Dream in the words of our national anthem:

“Justice be our shield and defender.

May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty;

Plenty be found within our borders.”

Sadly, today, more than 43 years later, we are further from realising the Dream of our forefathers than we were at Independence.

We all know we want to change this. We want to end the way our leaders have used and abused us for the past four decades.

We confirmed this during the referendum on the Constitution, when the people of this nation rose up in a tremendous swell of humanity and said, ‘No’ to the Wako Draft, which had sought to entrench and expand executive power.

It will be a similarly crucial decision when the members of the Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya choose their flag-bearer for the 2007 general election.

It will be a crucial decision because it will affect every Kenyan. It will be important not only for the party, which must be strong and principled, but also for the country.

Almost every Kenyan today is affected by poverty, insecurity, poor education, inadequate health services, lack of social welfare programmes, huge disparities in income, absence of opportunity, disempowerment and consequent hopelessness and despair.

We have been spinning out of control on a downward spiral for more than 40 years. Experts have described Kenya as “a country of great potential but a disappointing under-achiever”!

At Independence, Kenya’s economy was at par with that of South Korea. All the major economic indicators in the two nations – GDP, per capita income, literacy, industrialisation – were comparable………………more

3. STEPHEN KALONZO MUSYOKA: (info & pics www.kalonzomusyokaforpresident.com

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*EXCERPTS* Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka on the launch of his vision for Kenya, 11th December 2006, Nairobi. *EXCERPTS*

Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Members of Parliament
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Distinguished guests

My fellow Kenyans,

On the 30th December 2002, Kenyans from all over the country converged on Uhuru Park for what could easily qualify as the happiest moment in our national history. Kenyans were labelled the most optimistic people in the world at that moment; the moment that should have marked the peaceful transition from single party control since independence to inclusive politics and a new economic beginning in that first attempt at a coalition government under the National Rainbow Coalition, NARC.

It was a moment of renewed hope and belief in the great potential of Kenya – and it was felt by everyone.

Many promises were made. Kenyans were promised that the NARC government would bring back a culture of due process, of accountability and transparency in public affairs. In his speech President Kibaki promised that the government would no longer be run on the whims of individuals, that Kenyans would enjoy an expanded democratic space and opportunity. He promised us that the culture of exclusion in politics was over and that the NARC coalition would never die.

The reality is dramatically different. The NARC Coalition no longer exists. The culture of tear gassing peaceful assemblies is back. Poverty is at its highest levels since independence and increasing despite reported growth in the economy. Insecurity has reached intolerable levels. Impunity is back. Grand corruption is back. Leaders who stand against corruption and misrule are hounded, some even forced into exile and living in fear for their lives. All the signs and symptoms of autocracy, tyranny and repression are back. It is clear that the turning point in Kenya’s history was never delivered. …..more

4.Hon William Ruto:(info: www.williamruto.com pics:odmk.org)

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The advent of multiparty democracy in Kenya will be remembered as a watershed in our political history. In many ways, we have consistently expressed our desire to break from the yoke that failed leadership has shackled us. I refuse to accept that Kenya is incapable of building the industry and employment opportunities; of tackling the division and inequality in our society; of caring for and enhancing our environment and quality of life; of developing modern education and health services and of creating a thriving multi-party democracy where mutual respect and tolerance are the order of the day. That is why I offer myself for your mandate as your servant president.

I have faith in our great potential as a people. We have made easy and expedient decisions so far. It is time to make the difficult decisions. Kenya is ripe for a radical approach towards leadership, poverty reduction and equity, a programme of devolution and institutional reforms, pragmatic solutions towards business facilitation and investment, re-engineering agriculture, new ways of tackling insecurity, of building modern infrastructure and harnessing science and technology in equipping ourselves for a new world economy.

I know that most of you have over time become cynical about politics and distrustful of political leaders. That is hardly surprising because politicians in this country have become ‘prize snollygosters’. Pledges by successive governments have essentially been floccinaucinihilipilificated with indifference. I share your disappointment and offer a different style of leadership that will renew our country’s faith in the ability of its government and politics to deliver a Kenya for all Kenyans.

There are certain things the previous governments got right. I do not propose to change them. It is where they got things wrong that I will make systematic changes. I have no intention or desire to rewrite history.

I seek to renew our faith in politics through a government that will govern in the interest of the many, the broad majority of people who work hard, genuinely seek new ways to improve their lives and feel let down by a political system that has been held hostage by an elite at the top that is increasingly out of touch with the rest of us.

And I desire, above all, to serve the people of Kenya in a way that brings our country together, that unites our nation in facing the tough challenges that endemic poverty and historical inequity have visited on us. I strongly believe that the proposals I put forward in this manifesto will create a Kenya in which we shall all feel part of, in whose future we all have a stake, in which we bestow upon the future generation the legacy of a thriving nation.

William Ruto, EBS, MP.

5.NAZLEEN OMAR:(pics odmk.org)

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7. DR JULIA OJIAMBO: pics (odmk.org)

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8.MUSALIA MUDAVADI: pics:( odmk.org)

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9. Hon Uhuru Kenyatta:(info: www.uhurukenyatta.co.ke)

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” My Vision for Kenya transcends beyond all barriers ”

Kenya has remained a united Nation, proud of the wealth of our diversity. Being diverse is not a misfortune, it was meant to be our God given strength. We can’t, and should never attempt to abuse or change this, we must merge, energise, and celebrate this synergy. We achieve this by focusing on what makes us all human, our basic needs such as food, health, education, shelter, opportunities.

more on candidate, go here

Voter Registration (Your Civic Duty):
The Electoral Commission of Kenya is currently carrying out country-wide

voter registrations for the upcoming General Elections in December.

Please avail yourself and register as a voter an vote. You can also

change your constituency at the Registration Spots.

Links: Electoral Commission of Kenya

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ODM K Nominations « the Kenyan portal  |  July 3, 2007 at 6:12 am

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  • 2. rahma Mukuhi  |  July 26, 2007 at 10:14 am

    i feel that ODM Kenya is the best suited vehicle to steer Kenya to political freedom a field where minds will come together to build a nation for all. ODM Kenya leaders pose an example to what unity can do and an example of togetherness which is a call all Kenyans should heed. nonetheless, let us see a more united lot. stop pointing fingers and name calling cuz then there will be no difference between yourselves and your so called enemies. good luck ladies and gentlemen and may God bless your thoughts as you think for and about Kenya.

  • 3. Grace  |  December 27, 2007 at 6:28 am

    I wish I could hear the women’s opinions and their reasons of why they are running for president…Anyway, i have not been around for the speeches and what nots from these candidates but here is what I think;

    Kenya has a big deal when it comes to unity…we claim that we are “united” but that is not the case. We one of the most tribalist countries i know and for us to improve we have to put that aside and then call ourselves Kenyans not Kikuyus or Luos or Lhuyas…After that then we can start eradicating things like corruptions!
    Then Kenya still doesn’t offer women chances and give them full respect; they still don’t have much freedom cause if women were fully respected then women like Wangari Mathai could have been stepping up and challanging this men..and this is why i think Kenya is still very apart….we still call women “weak”….claim that we are voting for whoever comes from our tribes…We still have a lot to do and it is only the candidate who is ready to call himself/herslef a Kenyan that is going to make the place better!

    Hope the elections are peaceful….
    P. S I think Najib Balala is the hotest Kenyan male I have never met!

  • 4. warekhwa joseph  |  January 24, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Dear All,
    All what you are planning is not for us. Can you bring your children and women to partcipate. We need to co-exist as kenyans. If we kill every one here whom do you think you will lead? Your lives is just 80 years and
    you are gone. Hetler was there, Amin of Uganda was there, Bokasa was also there. Where are they now?
    Concerned Kenyan.
    Warekhwa

  • 5. evans .g. ogwagwa  |  April 6, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Kenya is for us,nobody who doesn’t understand that .Even for the laymmen can approve to you that if we, the people, who belong to that country tear it apart , we shall have ourselves to blame. no wonder, “somebody may not realise the importence of something unless he /she loses it”. the image and the sovereignity we have ever been enjoying has just beeb shuttered for less than 3 months if those political protagonist want to demonstrate again, let there family be on the fore front
    Gekone
    [living in Uganda via E-mail

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