how long will we survive this government?


As I have said elsewhere, the worst that can happen to a collective, say, a nation-state is to have leaders who are incompetent, clueless, murderous and rent seeking. The Jubilee administration is all the above and worse. It’s a government whose officials have taken a vow to plunder the country till it goes bust.

How, for example, do you explain aviation fuel with 5 million dollars disappearing into thin air? And that is the least of their crimes. We cannot tell the extent of the grand larceny that is taking place within this government. It will take ages and a different regime to uncover the theft that these thieves have gotten away with since 2013, though this, too, is only a dream. The same wolves are busy positioning themselves to stay at the helm to either continue stealing or to make sure they are not prosecuted or both.

In this day, we have our countrymen and women dying from starvation while those responsible are busy stealing public funds. To imagine people in Baringo, from where Moi, who ruled for 24 years die of hunger is evidence of the moral bankruptcy of our leaders. How bereft of ideas they are and of course, how useless.

As Ndii has opined, I think the level of graft, no, theft this government has committed against is qualifies to be called crimes against humanity.

Maybe, this post that I wrote a while ago is still relevant.

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

35 thoughts on “how long will we survive this government?

  1. Barry says:

    Our nation earns much of it’s income from selling our skills in education, agriculture, technology and management to other nations. As we are the country with the lowest level of corruption, perhaps we could sell our skills in this field as well. The only difficulty I see is persuading those who most need it to undertake a course of study.

    On second thoughts, that’s never going to work.

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  2. rautakyy says:

    My nation is rated as one of the least corrupt in the entire world. Yet, our current right-wing govenrment (wich honestly speaking is politically left wing in comparrison to the US left-wing) has been privatizing our public (and relatively cheap) healthcare sytem all they dared. The results have been devastating. Some elderly pensioners have even died in private “care” centers, that have minimized their crew to make a better profit. Just a while ago it was revealed that one company selling care for old people had ordered the nurses to be the cleaners too, and that, if they found an elderly person fallen from their bed at night, the nurse should not call for help, but simply tuck the old-timer on the floor.

    Our ministers and parliamentary representatives from their parties have found new careers in investment banks and medical companies providing these substandard services paid by taxpayer money. What else is this, if it is not corruption?

    Now finally a couple of months before the elections this travasty of a government has dissolved itself after recognizing that their ridiculous privatization campaign run into the constitution and could not possibly pass. I wonder what made them think it could in the first place. I can only hope that the voters have learned their lesson and take heed in the coming elections. At the same time though, extremist right-wing populism has grown at the sole issue of “immigration criticism” (read racism). On the other hand, one of the three party coalition to make up this right-wing government was the populist True Finns party, that broke up to the openly racist Finns party (that ended up in opposition) and less openly racist Blue Reform ( wich remained in the government), that is suffering from the blues, that they have absolutely no voters to back them up.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    I’m sorry to hear it Mak. Corruption, hate, greed getting in the way of empathy, rigging the system so you can get away with raping the country, I didn’t know you were in the US. 😉

    The state of the entire world seems to be at one of its lowest points. I hope this is not the new normal. I hope we can at least get back to the appearance of civility among ouselves and our neighbors. I hope there is some decency left somewhere in the human race. I hope our children see a better world.

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    • makagutu says:

      I wish I had power like Jay in this post https://wp.me/p1YE83-9T9

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      • shelldigger says:

        Now that would get me out of bed in the morning lol. I would have a new purpose in life. Damn tailgaters, all the morons who think their stupid white light fog lights that are as bright or brighter than their normal headlamps should be on at all times, all the dingbats driving in the pouring rain with no lights on, all the lazy sob’s invading my right of way at a stop sign, all the hostage taking dipsticks who never notify you they are turning in with a signal, dammit man we ain’t even got off the highway.

        Robert Mueller could retire. Donald Trump would be singing like a birdie. Our Congress would find itself immediately vacated of ass sucking slimeballs with absolutely zero integrity. Boy when I got done here I could come visit you Mak and we would take a look at your politics.

        Give me the power!

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        • Nan says:

          Maybe if you prayed … ????😇 🤣🤣🤣

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        • makagutu says:

          There are days as I am cycling in the desolate hills, I allow my mind to wander at what I would do if I could off some of these fellows. It would be a bloodbath lo and when I am done, I would first help Ugandans. There are those of them who know only one president since they were born, in a sense, the word president and Museveni are synonymous.

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    • makagutu says:

      I think we share the border or leaders

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    • basenjibrian says:

      I am no Pollyanna, but I might argue that in some ways the state of the world is NOT at its lowest ebb. History is full of invasions and wars, and horror.

      I think one of the main reasons we feel this is a uniquely bad time is the ubiquity of mass media. In the 18th century, there would be no way for us to even be aware of let alone share groans over the problems in Kenya…or Finland.

      One place where things are worse: there are simply too many of us (human beings). Overpopulation leads to stress. Especially when a portion of that overpopulation lives as “luxuriously” when it comes to resources as is the case now. And by luxury I include a western diet and modern medical care (otherwise, the population would be culled by disease) (Heck…we are all on the internet, which requires prodigious resources to manufacture. I know I am not typing on a smoke signal fire right now). And, many/most people want to live relatively comfortable modern lives. I quail at the thought of having to be a subsistence farmer, myself!

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      • makagutu says:

        I would have no problem with subsistence farming as long as I have access to the internet during my rest hours 🙂

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      • shelldigger says:

        Of course the invasions, wars, and atrocities aren’t as bad at the moment. I was speaking more on the stench of blatant corruption in our leadership. And even so it may well have been worse at some point. It could just be we know more of what’s going on right now.

        It sure seems like a low point in my lifetime though. I hope none of this leads to the sort of thing that is a pretty good cure for overpopulation…

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      • rautakyy says:

        Would it be preferrable to be a subsistence farmer in comparrison to a hunter-gatherer? What about a farmer who hunts? Or a goatherder, or some sort of nomad following herds? I could see myself as any of those, but I would still prefer modern medicine. The average hunter-gatherers has been estimated to have to work for their survival far, far less, than the regular 40h working week as regulated in civilized countries.

        Modern medical care is not the reason for overpopulation. In fact, in countries where medical care is readily awailable to larger numbers, birth rates are far lower, than in countries where the access to modern medical care is limited.

        Universal poverty is the reason for overpopulation and that in turn to the rest of our problems. If all the wealth from our productivity was turned into safety and health, most people even in the “rich” western countries would be on the recieving end. The products of our labours are extremely unevenly (and I dare say unfairly) divided and as a planetary population we spent a zillion tons of resources on something we really do not need and that causes much, much more harm than good. The most obvious example of this is the military. I know why we have military and out of responsibility & necessity of the way the world is now organized I have been part of one for most of my life, but in global terms it is an idiotic undertaking.

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  4. maryplumbago says:

    Seems corruption and extremism is everywhere anymore. I have grave concerns for the survival of not necessarily humanity at large, but survival of any country who puts all of their citizens education, healthcare, safety and welfare as their priority. More and more leaders are becoming authoritarian and more and more people are becoming racist and bigoted in the extreme.

    Obviously there are exceptions like New Zealand, but these fine countries can be affected by the negativity and fear mongering of others as we have seen recently.

    Of course climate change could make this all a mute point in the near future. And if trump is re elected in 2020, this will ruin the US and set the tone for other countries to follow. It will be the beginning of the end.

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  5. jim- says:

    There is a lot of struggle to get by. Preoccupied with staying alive we have little time to help those that aren’t. The system is rigged to keep you engaged is a distasteful state of being giving one a life in blinders. It’s hard to help everyone. I find myself withdrawing now and then for longer periods of time.

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  6. renudepride says:

    Unfortunately, there is very little hope in sight for the majority of us. Greed survives and the greedy only become greedier. If a new government EVER achieves power, then the new leaders become the greedy. It is an endless cycle. Naked hugs!

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  7. john zande says:

    Asking the same question here.

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    • makagutu says:

      I don’t think yours is as bad, John.
      Combine incompetence with little regard for public weal and you have a bad soup

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      • basenjibrian says:

        Bolsonaro seems pretty scary, though. Your guys may be tribalists and thieves, but they do not seem to….revel…in violence and threats like the Brazilian Caudillo. Of course, OUR Mango Menace is in love with his Brazilian Brother, too. Along with the murderous Duarte in the Philippines. But is this the fault only of “the leaders”? What about the people demanding to be led? Authoritarian followers are a menace to human society-it takes sheep eager to be shorn for shepherds to have any power. I look at coworkers….educated, public employees, with pensions and insurance…and they are eager followers of the Tangerine Terror!

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  8. Argus says:

    This is what government is all about, Mak. Look at the great Lincoln’s famous G’burg address and correct it a wee bit to reflect Reality:

    Government of the People,
    By the government,
    For The Government …

    and there you have it at last: Truth In Advertising.

    Why does no-one ever ask the simple question: Why do people seek office?

    No, no, no … I mean REALLY …

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