There is a new sheriff in town

In 2017, the good people of Nairobi county elected a clown, a jail break of questionable intelligence to be their governor. Whether it was out of hysteria or plain old foolishness, only history will be the judge. Now, after two years of disastrous leadership, the other incompetent fellow at State House have taken over critical functions of the county government leaving Sonko basically idle and with almost a ceremonial title. The legalities of the process I leave to lawyers to discuss.

The new town Sheriff is Major-General Mohamed Abdalla Badi. If he is to clean the rot in the city government, I see only one way to do it. First and foremost, announce vacancies at development control. Fire everyone who is there and have fresh interviews. Those who reapply and qualify, move them to sub-county offices or place them in other departments or he should say goodbye to changes in that department.

Kenyatta said

“There are cartels running the city water supply, garbage collection, parking, issuance of permits,”

and if this it to change, a change of guard at the helm is not enough. A shakedown of the entire edifice is mandatory. Unless, this is one of those plans by incompetent office bearers to keep justifying their salaries while being incapable of delivering their mandates to the public.

The toughest job for the good major will be managing traffic congestion in the city roads. As Brian never stops to remind me, planning alone will not solve this problem and especially as long as people rely in their own personal cars, we shouldn’t expect any changes and I doubt the general has what it takes to demand radical action to change how move within the city so we might as well forget any changes in this respect.

Studies have been done around the world how cities can improve their revenue collection. I can’t tell to what extent the general believes that scholarly material has application in practice. It is likely he will do nothing creative or innovative to improve revenue collection or to come up with new revenue streams.

To improve public health systems, the county government or in this Nairobi Metropolitan Service will need to move fast to improve clinics and other health facilities, employ necessary personnel and pay more attention to preventive actions rather than curative.

The good general will have to allocate up to 30% of revenue to manage garbage collection. This again is supported by evidence from studies in other jurisdictions of what budgetary allocations are required to maintain some decent level of garbage collection, disposal and treatment.

He has a tall order which I doubt he will be able to accomplish. Maybe the general is an accomplished army man but public service is an entirely different ball game. And because I have doubts in the appointing authority’s ability to carry through with a challenging task, there is no where this Nairobi regeneration plan is going.

In Covid19 related news, there was a national day of prayer yesterday (Saturday) where among other things the president said

There are those who are saying that we should depend on science not prayers. But I want to assure you that even science needs God. A nation prospers when a nation trusts in its maker.

the same maker who has left the most Catholic country in the world in the hands of her medical officers.

He added

Let us continue to pray for healing, understanding, and prosperity. Our God is a hearing God and He will grant us our desires and our wishes.

which he has so far refused to the 13071 dead (as of this writing) from Corona virus. But maybe we are a special country, who knows.

The archbishop for the Anglican church on his part had this to say

When the children of God strayed away he would allow calamities to ravage their world.

And since god is ravaging the world, is it not best to wait for her anger to dissipate and she stops infecting people with disease?

I have read elsewhere that the theme of the prayer service was

 the apparent sinning and rebelliousness of man from the word of God.

and the guest list was basically all those corrupt government officials and the clergy that provides them with cover. Basically, the source and end of our problems arising from mismanagement were at SH. One asks at such times where was god?

In these times of Covid19 all one can wish his friends is to have a corona free day, won’t you?

About makagutu

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

64 thoughts on “There is a new sheriff in town

  1. Barry says:

    Different worlds. No official or public figure here has mentioned any deity or even the suggestion of prayer. Well, none apart from the leader of Destiny Church – the nearest thing we have to a mega-church. The self appointed “Bishop” Brian Tamaki has claimed “Satan has control of atmospheres unless you’re a born-again, Jesus-loving, bible-believing, Holy Ghost-filled, tithe-paying believer.” Tamaki requires his followers to tithe 10% of their income to his church.

    He says New Zealand had turned against God by removing Jesus from Parliament’s daily prayer, restricting religious instruction in schools, talking about abandoning the national anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’, and allowing other religions to flourish. Apparently his God allows pestilences and plagues and famines to occur as a way of getting attention back again and saying that he is the one true God.

    I don’t wish ill of anyone, but there’s plenty of public comment here about wishing Tamaki gets covid-19. I understand their feelings.


    • makagutu says:

      Apparently his God allows pestilences and plagues and famines to occur as a way of getting attention back again and saying that he is the one true God.

      This seems to be what is coming out of many sermons. Their god is angry and is punishing people for it.
      I read an article of this American evangelist who said even those who have lost their jobs must continue to tithe 10% of their non income.


      • Barry says:

        Tāmaki only gets reported because of his notoriety of preaching hateful fundamentalist anti LGBT sermons. Personally, I’d prefer the media just ignore completely.

        Fortunately, when he comes out with his nonsense media here ask other clergy if Tamaki’s view are representative of Christian thought. Not once has he been endorsed by other clergy outside his own church.

        Curch representatives here tend to be very mild mannered and polite – Tāmaki seems to be the only preacher of hell and damnation who’s known outside of his own church – but I have yet to hear any of them offer anything but condemnation of Tamaki’s views. The guy is clearly an embarrassment to the rest of the Christian community.


        • makagutu says:

          What shocks me in situations like this is such a fellow still manages to have a following.


          • Barry says:

            At one stage his Destiny Church had around 10,000 followers spread over about a dozen congregations around the country. He now has around 3000 followers in less than a handful of congregations.

            I’m grateful that he’s in the business of religion and not of politics. He can do less harm where he is.


            • makagutu says:

              If only my countrymen and women behaved similarly, I know of pastors who would have gone out of business. Here, embarrassment seems to get pastors more followers


              • Barry says:

                Seems to me that the Kenyan version of Christianity is a copy and paste of American evangelism, right down to the intolerance of alternative beliefs.


                • makagutu says:

                  American evangelism is a recent import. The missionaries who were here first were English and Catholics I don’t know from where which were quite tolerant. But with TV religion, people seem to adopt just the worst they can get


          • basenjibrian says:

            It feels GOOD to know that YOU are the CHOSEN ONE


          • basenjibrian says:

            It feels GOOD to know that YOU are special and those annoying relatives and neighbors will be BURNING FOR ETERNITY. “I told you so” is a lovely, smug, thing to say for some people.


  2. john zande says:

    I wish them all luck in cleaning house. It can be a difficult nut to crack.

    Brazil News: the governors of Rio and Sao Paulo enacted strict isolation rules last week; banning gatherings, including things like church services, closing schools, universities, etc. No different than what is happening all over the world. Our criminally insane president signed an executive order yesterday overruling their efforts for public health. Not kidding. He said people should be able to do what they want, especially go to church.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ron says:

    I exploit you, still, you love me
    I tell you one and one makes three, oh
    I’m the cult of personality

    ~Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”


  4. okuodo says:

    Death is normal human destiny. Most here don’t believe in existence of God, let his followers talk n u tell us the opposite that has nothing to do with him. Tell us what to do. I’m Catholic, deaths in Italy n Spain can be explained scientifically nothing to do with God’s departure. If u have the virus seek medication if u don’t stay at home


    • makagutu says:

      Medical experts who I defer to in situations like this have advised social distancing, good basic hygiene and so on. Prayers are good for consolation so I will not stop anyone from praying but I hope when they do, they do observe these guidelines.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Tish Farrell says:

    I read Abigail Arunga’s acid comments on the prayer day. Well said that woman:

    Liked by 1 person

We sure would love to hear your comments, compliments and thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s