My Thoughts

My Thoughts

26 June 2017 » My Thoughts

The biggest failure to our maturity as a nation has been the failure by the intelligentsia, the civil society and the so-called Young Turks to interrogate and hold accountable the successive regimes since independence. While the ‘leaders’ have proclaimed all over and from mountain tops that they will eradicate poverty, ignorance and disease; that they will provide ‘the second liberation’ then ‘the third liberation’, the common mwananchi has been left be-dazzled by the sound-bytes and the...

03 June 2016 » My Thoughts

When our freedom fighters decided to take up the struggle against the white colonisers, their motive(s) were clear, the means clearly set out and the principle players, most of them peasant volunteers led by individuals, some of who had had military experience in either of the earlier two world wars. They demanded freedoms, repatriation of the displaced back to their lands and the general return of all the land allocated to the foreign settler community , the ratchet in this arrangement- use of...

02 April 2016 » My Thoughts

The talk about disintegration is not far fetched. We have seen that it is very easy to get to that unfortunate ending. We were literally on that threshold in 2008 and we were lucky to have attracted the eyes of the international community who on the other hand did not do the fence sitting act they had done with Rwanda in '94. We retreated, and here we are now.We cannot be talking about dismembering Kenya as a solution to the problems facing us. I would understand the opinion one may hold, that...

19 January 2016 » My Thoughts

We are a nation at war and to complicate matters, we are at war, not with another hostile nation but with a militant group, a rag-tag guerilla outfit fighting its own government either for inclusion in governance or for total control with the intention of creating a Caliphate regime-the real, specific aim of their struggle has not been clearly articulated. They also claim to be fighting all enemies of Islam.Be that as it may, our soldiers are an occupation force in Somalia and without delving...

05 November 2015 » My Thoughts

Parliamentary committees are, in my opinion, quasi judicial in their business and ought to hold themselves in the seriousness and professionalism this demands.The PAC committee questioning the devolution CS should have had a real statement of misappropriations, itemizing specific details of mis-deed and these should have been provided to the media (the media too should have requested for these if not voluntarily supplied)The interviewers should have exhaustively delved into each and every item...

10 September 2015 » My Thoughts

Recently I was privileged to have had the opportunity to visit my motherland end of June and stayed there till end of August. It was a somewhat sweet/fearful experience especially after recent events related to insecurity. I was quite apprehensive as the day to land there drew near and as we approached Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from the Ngong hills, I couldn't help but notice the vast expanses of well lit residential estates and streets in areas that would have been covered in...

14 July 2015 » My Thoughts

As we ready ourselves to welcome guest number one for the Republic of Kenya, the president of the United States, there's all sorts of feelings being expressed in the media and in the (mtaani), street fora mainly to do with what he's expected to talk about.Other concerns are to do with where he's going to visit, who he's going to meet etc. It is very obvious that Kenyans have not had such degree of interest on a state guest and it is obvious the feelings they have towards their 'prodigal son',...

27 April 2015 » My Thoughts

When the blunders/incompetencies of government agencies manifest the way the Jubilee government is fumbling along, it is not enough to just direct people to "step aside"Endangering the life of a head of state by his/her subject(s) is read 'High treason' by right thinking minds. We know the penalty of treason.On the other hand, 'aiding and abetting' by endangering or causing the deaths of innocent citizens by state agencies; either by commission or omission is an act of mass murder, in my...

22 October 2014 » My Thoughts

I believe I have an answer to one of my own questions; Or I will try to answer myself.'Why do we only honor mashujaas after they die?'I have always accepted this notion as an obvious due to my upbringing in line with my people of Gikuyu's saying that " Īīragwo yaarī iria yakua. " This directly translates that ' it is praised for its high milk production after its death ' this referring to a cow. I want to believe that the Gikuyu being a superstitious lot held it that praising a cow while alive...

20 October 2014 » My Thoughts

13 October 2014 » My Thoughts

Every situation should present moments for reflection, correction and learning for any thinking creature. As a nation, Kenya has had a myriad of these to build upon and to mature politically. The recent summonses to appear in the international court in The Hague for one Uhuru Muigai Kinyata, would not miss a space in this list.Loud noises were generated around the issue by the political class, each trying to appear most loyal to the presidency and few having the nation in their thoughts. They...

07 July 2014 » My Thoughts

Overheard in cyberspacePerson1In my dictionary, this (photo hidden for reasons of decorum) qualifies as hate speech.Person2Hell no,,,Tell God who bothers you..Person1in your prayers. privately.Person2Its painful that people might die tomorrow for just one stupid communityPerson1genocides have happened before, and counting....your prayer ought to be that no one dies unnecessarily tomorrow.Person2If you have the power to stop 1 person not to be killed , GOD will bless you for that 1 person u...

15 April 2014 » My Thoughts

Humans wherever or whatever their station in life become introversive in times of crisis. In Kenya too, aspiring politicians tend to whip up ethnic emotions geared towards the claim that they have their peoples' plight at heart.  In this light, I would forgive the Grand Mullah and other Kenyan leaders of Cushitic descent and those from the Islam faith who I respect a lot when they play the ethnic or religion card in the on-going attempt by the government of Kenya to round up terrorists, illegal...

04 April 2014 » My Thoughts

I still believe the Kenyan approach to terrorism and general crime is outdated. We need a radical shift in the manner of force's recruitment. The metamorphosed nature of crime and terror tactics demand the recruiters spend more time in institutions of higher learning than watching candidates running and doing all sorts of physical gymnastics to select the recruits. There's need to up the ante as the criminal is more apt to stalk, hit and run in cyber space than on the ground so the relevant...

12 February 2014 » My Thoughts

Uhuru plans crackdown on corrupt officials http://t.co/B9c6clH4Uh another wording for promises we've heard in the past??— Pursta (@Pursta) February 12, 2014— Pursta (@Pursta) February 12, 2014 ">Uhuru plans crackdown on corrupt officials http://t.co/B9c6clH4Uh another wording for promises we've heard in the past??— Pursta (@Pursta) February 12, 2014 It is very frustrating to see a popularly elected duo like the Kenyan presidency behaving so 'defeated' by criminal...

30 December 2013 » My Thoughts

New dawn for Kenya happened this year and with it came new expectations or are we still striving to achieve that has been elusive these past fifty years?The youngest heads of state, in our history, were elected just as the nation was unwrapping a new constitutional dispensation and with the double offering, the nation started with a heightened sense of optimism. In the past fifty years we have shown disdain and mistrust of our electoral processes and the last one we held was no different. It...

21 October 2013 » My Thoughts

So what was in the paper-bags? If anyone has evidence that the bags contained looted goods, they should present it to the parliamentary committee or the nearest police station for further investigation....Is this a reflection of our national image? This is simply how badly we have fallen! Those were not our galant soldiers? So many questions un-answered! So much explaining yet to be done. We bleed more from these than from the wounds inflicted by the four or so wayward boys who held up Westgate...

10 October 2013 » My Thoughts

Reading Kenya's pleas to the rest of the world to join her in the war against terrorism, one would be tempted to think that the war has just begun and that Kenya is the frontline. This statement has a part which is true and one which is erroneous.Kenya is smarting from the recent attack in Westlands and was rudely reminded about the 1998 attack in Nairobi. This recent episode has particularly reflected quite badly against Kenya's reaction to acts of terror; the security agencies have come out...

29 September 2013 » My Thoughts

The present regime in Kenya might not be the one to streamline the contribution of the Kenyans in diaspora and the regime's appointee to deal with this issue is, in my opinion, not the right person for this purpose.First off, the Kenya government is approaching the diaspora issue in a knee-jerk manner of response. They have done very little ground work to get their facts straight. They have no clue whatsoever as to who the kenyans in the diaspora are, where they are, and what they need. The...

08 September 2013 » My Thoughts

Capitalism as a form of economic development or lifestyle and economic domination of the majority by a minority is on the downward trend. Recent upheavals in global economy especially affecting the highly cut-throat super economies of Europe and the Americas is a sign of underlying malaise that will eventually bring the system crashing down.This is so because the stop-gap repairs applied to 'heal' the economies never, and are not addressing the real ailment(s) and the leaders/technocrats either...

18 August 2013 » My Thoughts

A national constitution-or any constitution for that matter-is not meant to be a static contract but a dynamic one that evolves with time and circumstances. The only hustle is that to effect evolution to constitutions, all the parties, or the majority, must concur with the changes-and herein lies the hard task; lobbying and persuading this majority to agree. In our situation as Kenyans, there is the added trick that once a suitable population is persuaded to go along with constitutional...

17 August 2013 » My Thoughts

101_0242 a video by kahura on Flickr.As eccentric as the builder, this castle stands testimony to man's heights of peculiarity.

04 July 2013 » My Thoughts

In the ongoing tussle between the citizens of Kenya and the government which is trying to raise its revenue while the mwananchi is trying to survive, the two positions are totally understandable. Government needs to raise funds to cater for services, but then again, it needs to be frugal in its expenditure. It would be in order to point out some pertinent issues that need not be obliterated by the dust that is bound to be raised by all the busybodies who are clamoring to be seen to represent...

18 June 2013 » My Thoughts

Ours is an affiliation of convenience-By this I mean our nationhood. Our state-hood. When the partition of the African continent was carried out by the European powers, they did not care who was separated with whom and who was bunched with whom, as long as the lines put the necessary resources on their sphere of influence, traditional enemies were  bundled together while cousins were separated by a simple line later on referred to as the international border. The large, expansive Cushite...

13 June 2013 » My Thoughts

The line being spun by the Senators is that by ignoring, or for that matter contemplating abolishing the senate, is tantamount to killing devolution at birth, those grand masters of Kenyan politics of greed and selfishness are simply playing on the ordinary mwananchi's ignorance of the new constitutional order.They will not point out that devolution is demanded by the constitution and is not pegged on an individual's (read the current president) whims and desires. In fact the current regime is...

16 May 2013 » My Thoughts

My feelings on government (UhuRuto) promises have featured elsewhere on this forum before- even before the 'Jubilant government' had landed the job officially . I have strictly no problem with the said promises but my feelings are that we as a nation need to deliberate and come into some form of consensus on our priorities.Job creation is certainly a good objective because it is a backbone for affordable livelihood for most Kenyans living in abject poverty. Security, both national and civil is...

09 April 2013 » My Thoughts

The nation is literally waiting to exhale.For all those Kenyans who voted either way because of fear of domination by the other parties (or ethnic communities), shame on you. For all those who voted for the winners, let's hope they will be haunted by images of you on the queues, like refugees, heavy laden with your hopes and dreams wrapped in the jubilee banners, let us hope that they will not tell the difference between you and your fellow refugees-because thank God, all refugees look alike....

05 April 2013 » My Thoughts

Justice and peace are indeed complementary. True. Is it injustice for individuals to plunder their nations and stash the loot in Geneva and other Western capitals while their citizenry suffer in abject poverty? ICC, USA and other demigods, are these not crimes against humanity too?Millions of poverty stricken masses the world over are dying and perishing because an individual or a number of them emptied their national coffers and banked it all in private accounts in Europe and other Western...

31 March 2013 » My Thoughts

When the dust finally settles and the eating class get down to their age-perfected science (or is it an art) of eating our national cake, we Kenyans have always gotten back, and we will, to our honest task of baking the cake. I have referred to it elsewhere on this forum, as 'treading the wine-press' and I believe, with my own frail wisdom, that these are one and the same. We bake the cake-they eat it. We press the grapes, they drink the wine. They do the shooting, we do the dying, we do the...

18 March 2013 » My Thoughts

It saddens me to see the hope in our eyes, the hope of a better tomorrow devoid of all that ails our country today, but alas! We look at the wrong direction from where our help comes from. Today, we peg our hopes and aspirations on our new constitution, on the new government elected on the backbone of this constitution, on our newly elected leaders who shouted on the rooftops that they will manage and uphold the said constitution, and they did not let slip the secret that they had already...

17 March 2013 » My Thoughts

The West has its own skeletons in their closets and due to the near-perfect propagation of information today, nearly every village on earth knows the unfair power-play, ills, corruption, intrigue and political manipulations/machinations that is Western democracies and the decadence eating away at the Western way of life.Recent(or historical) events like the civil rights movement in the US, the subsequent assassination of MLK, then later on-JFK, the stealing of (or rigging of) the 2000 elections...

04 March 2013 » My Thoughts

We head to the polls to vote for them, win or lose they go back to drink wine together and we go back to treading the wine-press.Ewe Maulana nguvu yetu, ilete amani kwetu. Utushawishi kwenye mwelekeo wa utu bora

02 March 2013 » My Thoughts

Kenya is developing and if indicators of this phenomenon are scarce, one just needs to remember the recent presidential debates and some governorship ones to see what I mean. Kenyans, both candidates and spectators carried themselves with maturity and decorum and left some of us wondering if maybe Kenya has finally come of age.All is not rosy however, and we still have traits that we need to get over to realize that elusive dream of a mature nation. We need to remind ourselves daily that we do...

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