Kenyans and their parliamentarians


There are different kinds of societies. There is man eat man, dog eat man and man eat dog society. The third society is the worst kind, and it so describes our political landscape. In several posts, when I talk about our members of parliament, I have described them as MPigs. That is how we see them. Don’t ask me how we elect them. I think world over, only idiots are elected to parliament. How they manage to win is beyond me, but that is a topic of another day, unless it could be that society is full of idiots and are happy with one of their own in power!

Our Mpigs are united on one thing and one thing alone, how they can get higher salaries. It is the only thing that drives them and unites them. It is this matter alone that can keep them in parliament working extra hours or earning seating allowance for being present at parliamentary commission sittings where they make little or  no meaningful contributions.

On other news for those not in the know, the supposed president and his veep are frequent visitors at the Hague based court for crimes against humanity. You know you are living among the very stupid if they elect suspects of such crime to be their head of state. Only a mad man would expect me, in my right mind to acknowledge such people as duly elected! I will not and I can’t! Call it denial if you want but am not about to!

Pigs used in the demonstration against the MPigs who sit in the august house

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

23 thoughts on “Kenyans and their parliamentarians

  1. Mordanicus says:

    People who are not idiots are able to find employment in other sectors, so only idiots are left over for politics. As a political scientist it’s my duty to study these people and to tell the people the truth about them.

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    • makagutu says:

      These people need to be studied and we the people told the truth about them. I wonder why sometimes even those who seem to have something between their ears turn out to be as idiotic as the brainless ones as soon as they get to parliament, it is like they have collective stupidity!

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      • Mordanicus says:

        Well, power corrupts. And as you wants to be taken serious by your fellow politicians, you have to level down to their standards.

        Here in the Netherlands, things aren’t any better. Most MPs are the most incompetent folks.

        Another issue is that most politicians are lawyers, without any real expertise. I am strongly in favour of a quotum for politicians in parliament, say no more than 15% of lawyers.

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        • makagutu says:

          The requirement for one to be an MP here is high school education, these are people who thinking is not their mainstay! All they need to do is to be able to organize people at the grassroots, have enough cash to buy votes and they sail all the way to parliament never to be heard from again till 5 years later the time for the next election.

          The MPigs were so sly, they had the recall clause deleted from the constitution a few years ago when we were rewriting the document.

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          • Mordanicus says:

            I am big fan of recall procedure, in the Netherlands we have to coop without it… No we have to wait until one of the coalition parties want break up the cabinet. Since 2002 have had five elections (and our parliament is supposed to stay in office for four years). Since 1998 no government has been able to finish its term.

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            • makagutu says:

              The last government we had was a coalition after the bungled elections of 2007[ we have had only one sane election] and even though the principals disagreed, they couldn’t bring themselves to dissolve it knowing fully well that most of them will not be reelected.

              Our MPigs are so greedy they wouldn’t do anything that would threaten their continued stay in parliament!

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              • Mordanicus says:

                For some time I have been more in favour of replacing elections of some kind of lottery. Under this system parliament will be filled by randomly selected citizens rather than by career politicians. In order to be selected a few base criteria will be applied (such as having basic education, lacking a serious criminal record etcetera). Given that most politician are from a lower quality than their constituents, things will improve (not much, but anything would be better).

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  2. melouisef says:

    Politicians (and bankers) are low life scum but pigs are sweet so You will have to change name. I do not eat pork since I saw that movie Babe!

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    • Mordanicus says:

      Pigs are quite smart animals, I think in fact that there a lot of humans who are actually less intelligent than the average pig. I have stopped eating all types of meat, since I believe it’s wrong to kill any sentient being. Besides I don’t like the taste of pork.

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    • makagutu says:

      Indeed, I will have to give them a new name especially since most beasts appear to be as intelligent or more intelligent to the naked ape!

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  3. aguywithoutboxers says:

    It seems that politics and corruption go hand-in-hand, anywhere in the world. Those who have power, from the moment of their election, solely focus on retaining that power. Everything else is doled out to the highest bidder. Great post, my Kenyan brother!

    MPigs? I love it! 🙂

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  4. holly says:

    “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”

    Mark Twain

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  5. Nick says:

    I agree. If they performed all their other duties with the same single-mindedness and energy with which they look for salary increments, we would be living in a very different country.

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  6. themodernidiot says:

    I hesitated to read this because your picture unnerved me a bit-but I am so glad I did (Mpigs-pretty funny)!

    So, as I might have said before, I am reading N’Gugi Wa Thiongo’s Wizard of the Crow, a satirical look at African society/politics. The more I learn about The situations in Kenya/Uganda post 60’s, it appears that the comedy is actually quite real, the ridiculous the norm.

    This makes me nervous for you, but I admittedly feel better about my greasy food and freedom of speech haha

    One of the things I am trying to put together is if there is a direct correlation to education and smartly elected officials. For instance, here in America – no. Our brightest elect our dumbest because of the money factor. Is this also a problem in your neck of the woods?

    Also, and of course I am not asking you to speak for all of Africa or all Kenyans, would you consider improving education an important step to solving these problems? If so:
    1) how important?
    2) how would one even go about making that happen?
    3) once people are educated, do they return home to improve places, or do they head to cities to make money?
    4) what, in your opinion, is the real draw to education: money, or knowledge?

    I see many African students here at University, so I just assumed Africa was on the ball when it comes to educating people. I believe your system is better than ours as far as payment as well, yes? I know it used to be.

    Please take your time responding. I am in no hurry, but would love your thoughts.

    Thank you for the post. It was good insight.

    And while you’re relaxing – here are some useful tips on controlling your pigs: http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/4790_13165.htm 😉

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    • makagutu says:

      Hello friend, it has been suggested that pigs are more intelligent than some of the dimwits we have as parliamentarians and a new moniker has to be sought, though MPigs really was appropriate 🙂

      Yours truly has not read Ngugi wa Thiongo’s book but things are worse now than in the sixties. At the height of the struggle for independence, those who were at the forefront like Odinga, Aneko, and a few others excepting Kenyatta wanted a just society, good education, affordable healthcare. This was the dream. Unfortunately this dream aborted due to greed among other ills like land grabbing, corruption, nepotism and favoritism!

      Am well, we manage to live. Fortunately most people are hardworking and better than their legislators! And thanks very much 🙂

      I think the problem is the same here. The people who elect these MPigs happen to be some of the educated. In the last election one of the presidential contenders was a PhD, he scored less than 50K votes out of a possible 14 million. Now, the educated in this country must form part of the majority of the voting block, but if such a person performs this dismally, you begin to ask yourself whether the educated care for brains or just the person who seems to have the most money to dish around.

      and now to the questions.

      I don’t think education will do much to change the system as it is. Our elections are tribal based, unless people are able to think beyond the tribe, no amound of education is going to make a difference. Listening to my friends during the campaigns, and they are educated, the question was mostly about tribe and the candidate who could get his tribe behind him and if his tribe is populous, he will win. What madness is this my friend!

      Our previous governments have done very little in the remote areas. The result is that most people chose to stay in the cities where opportunities for employment and business are greater than in the rural areas. In many rural areas there is no infrastructure to speak of so that it would even be expensive to start a business and in a way this has meant there is unequal development in the country. With corruption and very poor policies, some homegrown industries were killed by the regimes. It is a bleak picture!

      The draw towards education is money and that explains why we have few thinkers.

      Our education is good I guess especially from the reports I get from friends who travel overseas. Maybe the problem we have is that innovative students do not get as much support as they should to help in growing in home grown technologies. About pay, maybe people are paid better where you are for the same job than here. I don’t think we have the problem of creationism here as in reports I read about the US of A.

      Thank you for the questions my friend 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      Oh and I like poisoning as big control, that way we can eliminate a number of the MPigs even if we have to elect new ones thereafter 🙂

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  7. foolsmusings says:

    At least you still get people who are willing to protest. As long as people still have the courage to do that there is always hope for meaningful change. 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      Unfortunately our politicians have thick skins, very few things push them, the media sings their songs so by the next day the demonstration is forgotten, even the reason for the demonstration is forgotten since there is a new scandal and it appears to me the country has a selective and short memory!

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  8. Eric Alagan says:

    Pssst !

    It’s the same in every country – the Mpigs are a vast tribe.

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