To my fellow countrymen and women

First I will start by saying majority of the voting public is insane irrational. In 2013, I wrote an open letter to those who can read imploring you it would have been much better to vote in a dead cow than the duo running for president at that time. Kenyans, millions of them, thinking they were defying the ICC and other western governments overwhelmingly voted for the Uhuruto duo and if that wasn’t bad enough, the Mutunga Supreme Court gave them a shot of legitimacy by validating their win and so we got stuck with an incompetent, corrupt and irresponsible duo.

Again in 2017, a good proportion of the public having seen the mega corruption scandals, ineptitude, the claw back on basic freedoms and rights, decided that the duo were the best placed to rule this country and on 26th of October voted overwhelmingly in an election where only one candidate was running to give him a birthday present. Fools will do what fools do.

2020 is here with us. It is not the best of times. It will take Covid19 to show the weak underbelly of this regime. It has been said by others more eloquent and brave than I that Uhuruto are incompetent, corrupt, irresponsible and illiberal. At this time of crisis, these four things will come to the fore. You remember the Afya House scandal involving medical equipment running to billions of shillings. The dams scandal. Eurobond. SGR. All these are coming to bite now. The government of incompetents will not be capable of pulling together the right talent to steer the country out of this mess because the only people who are willing to work with the duo are thieves. Or potential thieves.

Having no safety nets and a broke treasury means those Kenyans who will lose their jobs have nowhere to go. The impact of that on law and order I leave to sociologists to address. A corrupt government means that even if money were made available it would not reach those most in need. In short, we are fucked and as has been said so many times before, choices have consequences.

As we sit at home to ponder our next moves, maybe it is also time we reconsider our choices for representatives. It may go along way to making the difference between life and death.

I leave you with this passionate letter from V to us all.

About makagutu

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

25 thoughts on “To my fellow countrymen and women

  1. Barry says:

    As V reminds us, indifference is perhaps the greatest “sin” in allowing corruption to flourish.

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    • makagutu says:

      In deed. Most times, indifference is our greatest undoing. Indifference to the challenge faced by refugees. Indifference to the plight of the poor. Indifference to racism & on.

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  2. john zande says:

    May a leader rise.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    I hate it for you Mak I really do.

    Let’s catch the next rocket ship out of here… This place sucks.

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  4. Neil Rickert says:

    First I will start by saying majority of the voting public is insane.

    I think “irrational” would be more appropriate than “insane”.


  5. basenjibrian says:

    Maka: I thought you were Kenyan. And yet you write an impassioned letter to the American electorate?


    • makagutu says:

      The American electorate I think believes that a rich man is good for the economy. That was the same thing here. People said because the president’s family have been stealing since 63, he will be a good president because he doesn’t have to steal. They forgot he is utterly incompetent


  6. Ron says:

    “Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.” ~George Carlin


    • makagutu says:

      George Carlin was on the mark on this one. I think it was Zappa who said stupidity is abundant like hydrogen


      • Ron says:

        True, although there’s a bit of controversy over whether the quote originated with Frank Zappa of SF author Harlan Ellison, or both.

        I also like Albert Einstein’s quote:

        “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”


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