The problem with us


Many commentators in our politics and generally on the third world always try to be politically correct when talking about government excesses. You know you are dealing with nutcases when a beggar earns more than his benefactors and this is the situation we find ourselves in with our MPigs demanding more salaries while the government hops from one capital to the next begging for financial aid which ends up financing the Mpigs side kicks, the leaders companies and so on while those to whom this money was intended never hear of it.

Worse still is to know that each child born today in this country already owes the government staggering amounts of money, sums that were borrowed from our development partners and ended up developing potbellies! The west must demand more from these governments or if they can’t invest directly into the development programmes to keep their money. Their efforts are leaving us poorer and poorer by day.

It is morally and intellectually agonising that a penurious country like Kenya fritters away all its hard-earned and extremely meagre income into the maws of human grubs, maggots, chrysalises and piranhas – an exceedingly voracious species which, however, has never produced even a single commodity or idea.[DN 19/5]

About makagutu

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

28 thoughts on “The problem with us

  1. mixedupmeme says:

    “The west must demand more from these governments ”
    Oh, so now you admit to believing in miracles?

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  2. themodernidiot says:

    Isn’t a major problem that we buy your government leaders to ensure they do what we want to protect whatever interests we have there? Didn’t we just take over for the British after decolonization? It seems you just have a many-headed monster now. Even if we gave you every dime we had, those in power do not distribute it anyway. How could we possibly finance development programs that will never develop? Sorry, I think the whole thing is a big silly bureaucratically protected mess and wish Africa could just tell all the bad guys to bugger off.

    I think your request to “keep their money” is probably the best solution. If there is no money for these leaders to get, perhaps they will go out of fashion, and allow a real democratic change to blossom. They are parasites that feed on money. Take away their food source.

    Perhaps I am just being an idealist.

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  3. john zande says:

    I’ll swap you the Brazilian government for 3 months. Let’s see who’s worse…

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  4. Mordanicus says:

    It’s not any better here in the Netherlands, government debt is sever ten thousands of euros per capita. Austerity has only worsen the economy, with increased debt.

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    • makagutu says:

      But I do hope your legislators are not trying to enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else.

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      • Mordanicus says:

        They do it to a lesser extent than in Kenya I guess. However, there is a tendency to give former MPs all kind of lucrative jobs.

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        • makagutu says:

          The good thing is most Mps once they lose go to political oblivion but they usually manage to approve for themselves a generous send off package just before parliament’s term ends.

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          • Mordanicus says:

            No one in my country actually know the names of more than twenty MPs (out of 225), most known MPs are mostly the fraction leaders in either house. So before, during and after their term, MPs are living in oblivion.

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  5. Daniela says:

    Since the beginning of time the same rule applies; give a man power and watch him abuse it. For all our advances … humans, in general terms, remain defined by that rule. From ancient times to our present day; every ruling establishment in every corner of the world has done or is doing much the same … within variations and margins of error of course. Western powers have their own agendas when they dish out aid, and your local politicians have agendas of their own … what is to be done? As you well know revolutions at various times in history have served as much to replace one ruling establishment with another … so the answer may lie in what is opposite to ‘ruling establishment’. Having said that … even so called ‘peoples power’ ended up forming privileged elites … perhaps the truth is far simpler than we would like to admit … at the basic levels human tribes need leaders, (in which ever form) and are prepared to pay for it (in which ever way).

    Take Care,
    Daniela

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    • makagutu says:

      Unfortunately revolutions haven’t helped in most places. One despot is replaced by another who once he/she gets to power starts by eliminating threats and then people are back to where they were in the beginning, wanting a revolution. The west isn’t helping us much, they bribe our leaders to maintain their vested interests while majority of people suffer in squalid conditions. It is deplorable!

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  6. melouisef says:

    The west must demand more from these governments …
    sure but this is not going to happen soon
    😦

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  7. Real real me says:

    And one would think Kenya is one of the most developed countries in Africa.

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