On politics and election petition

A few days ago I did write an article on the just concluded plebiscite that we had here and in which I attempted to show that the middle class, the elite and the urbane are a group that is as backward as their villagers. Some people have taken offense with the post saying they will not vote for my candidate, a candidate I haven’t declared to be mine.

There is a petition that has been filed in the Supreme Court which if successful is going to be a game changer. You can read more about it here.

As I was showing in my previous post, we are so tribal that some people are blinded by it that even a clear case which is about integrity of our systems is reduced to a question of tribe and it is this that saddens me.

I’m not sure how this benefits RAO. For one, he’s changed his story: 1st it was that he should have won and he has the irrefutable proof. Now it’s that the election itself had irregularities here and there and a new election is needed. 1st, a new election would need to happen within 60 days after the Supreme Court ruling. IEBC doesn’t have the technology to do that. So it would be manual all over again. 2nd, he had 44/ 45% of the votes. The likely hood of that # going further down is very high since people won’t want to stand in long ques, in a tense environment, only to wait a whole week for results, again. But this time neither of them needs to cross that 50%+ threshold coz the SC would declare the winner. 3rd, no election is w/out flaws even in the West. So he’s spending time & money, & keeping an entire nation on edge to what gain? All this over 85k voters who were registered after the deadline, & some vote tallies that were exaggerated. But how does that make up for the 800k votes he got less than Uhuru? Anyway, its his right. Now we wait for the IEBC/ Uhuru response.

This fellow doesn’t understand the need for obeying the law. He is so concerned with Uhuro winning that to him the question of impropriety doesn’t count and it is this disease that I hope we will get to deal with.

And I must give credit where it is due. The person who wrote the comment below at least understands what is at stake. She says it so eloquently that there is nothing much I can add to this

The problem with us Kenyans is ignorance, tribalism and hate. People who are loyal to Uhuru and Ruto have refused to be neutral in analyzing and coming to an impartial conclusion about the petition RAO has filed. This like any other fight is about the future of Kenya, our children, our grand children. If Uhuru won fair then we have a president but if there was an electoral crime made by either Uhuru or Hassan, would we not want to correct it so that this does not become law and disorder for our future leaders. Raila as always wants to fight for the minority ethnic groups so that domination is not done on them by those who have amassed loads of wealth from the tax payers’ sweat. Democracy is what Raila has fought for. When he was fighting for a two-party system the same people ridiculed him just to please Moi but when he won, the very haters were part of celebration. Same thing happened with the new constitution. Those who campaigned against it are now ridiculing RAO. It’s all about ignorance where tribe is more important than ideology. We need education and that means all Kenyans.

except to say that we really must look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves tough questions. Where do we want to be and how do we want to get there.

There are those asking for god to intervene and those thanking god for the win, I don’t know if god is a registered voter in any constituency here and while at it why ask god to intervene now when the same god could have stopped the malpractices? I know I live in a country where majority of people hold a theistic belief of some kind but this attitude of calling on god after fucking things up is a cop-out and a refusal to want to deal with issues at hand. I look forward to the day when people will think for themselves and realize that god belief goes against common sense. That will be a real special day!

I refuse to accept this specious arguments

This post isn’t about Valentine’s Day for yours truly doesn’t know this guy and doesn’t see a reason to commemorate his day. It is about a vice presidential debate for the upcoming elections due in March and am irked by some of the responses I have heard from these detestable gentlemen[ I can’t think of politicians in a better way, so I’ve tried by calling them genteel].

I believe in sanctity of life. Abortion is murder.

Am tired of all this religious reasoning. Who says those who are pro-choice are against life? To the best of my knowledge, those who stand for choice are more pro- life than those who claim to be pro-lifers. They care for the fetus and then forget about the kid until when they are fit to become soldiers and have no problem with supporting war or death penalty as if these do not lead to death. Can we be free of religion? Can we advance to a level where cases can be considered based on knowledge that we now have a specie or do we still have to refer to this books whose authors are anonymous and whose adherents do not agree on which version is correct about anything important.

Those who practice same-sex marriage are God’s children.

No they are not gods children, I don’t think a god exists, they are humans and deserve to be treated as such. They owe no one any apologies and need no special laws to get married. How does what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their house anyone’s business?

Abortion is unconstitutional and there shouldn’t be any grey areas on this.

The question of abortion should not have been a constitutional matter in the first place but since it is there we must all seek to have this section of the constitution amended. The woman seeking abortion goes through a harrowing experience of whether to keep the baby and for some MPigs to sit in over-sized seats paid for by our money to tell us this matter is closed is being pretentious! This isn’t excusable. This statement is irresponsible and doesn’t allow room for discussion and such a person doesn’t deserve a vote, at least he ain’t getting mine.

 It should be determined clearly, who should decide on the extreme circumstances in which abortion is allowed.

Who will decide when a situation is extreme? Are we going to wait for MPigs to decide what situation is extreme and what situation isn’t. We must begin to see women as being capable of deciding whether they want to a carry a pregnancy to term or not. Just as I have said before, the person wishing to die voluntarily must be the one responsible for the decision not anyone else and this can be applied to this abortion question. It is the expectant woman who must decide whether to or not to carry the pregnancy!

Same Sex relationships should not be allowed, and neither should abortion.

What idiot makes such a statement? Allowing same-sex marriage is not going to do anything to your already failed marriage. What problem should you have with others. What reasons other than religious undertones do these fools have to oppose same-sex marriage and abortion?

 Abortion should be outlawed unless in extreme circumstances

 I am opposed to abortion as life begins at conception, and abortion is therefore essentially ending a life.

Abortion is illegal and should not be allowed. Church should remain vigilant and guard against it.

What business has a church got to do with a woman’s choice on whether to carry or terminate her pregnancy. It saddens when men see women as production lines without a say on whether they want to carry a baby regardless of the circumstances. The men who say this wouldn’t give a batshit whether a child is born to a homeless street girl as long they do not procure an abortion and I refuse to accept this statement. Anyone making such a statement is an ignoramus and bigoted!

Who determines a situation as extreme? MPigs are the last people expected to legislate on abortion.

 

On politics

 

In a few months we will be having general elections here where we are to elect among others the president, the vice president, senators, governors, members of parliament (MPigs), and county representatives. And from the look of things, the presidential contest has come from national issues to almost a tribal contest. Parties that had earlier in the year vowed to have their own presidential candidates are fighting over each other to endorse the presidential candidate of their choice. I have nothing against the mergers but so far they look to me as political expediency and a fight to remain politically relevant after 2013 and this is what I detest. There seems to me a lack of party ideology and the desires and thoughts of the represented do not matter to those we have elected to represent us.

It is time, for democracy to make sense, for us to have regular town or county hall meetings with the representatives of the people where they are made accountable to those who put them there in the first place. It is time Members of Parliament stopped hawking their tribes men and women like they don’t matter. This has to stop and the time is right to change this attitude among our elected leaders by taking a decisive action of not reelecting them to the august house.

The executive must appear to respect the rule of law, that is if it doesn’t which is the case many times anyway. The president can’t bend backwards to be blackmailed by greedy MPigs to sign into law, a bill that allows them to take home obscene amounts of money as pay off package for having done nothing for us to be proud of. This is the same government that asked the teachers, doctors and lecturers to go back to work without pay and then shamelessly vote for an increase in tax which they don’t pay and increase their allowances by not consulting the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. There are a number of MPs who are busy telling us they oppose the vote head, they must first explain where they were when the vote was taken and we must know their contributions on the same matter or they better shut the hell up!

The following candidates have expressed interest in being the president of the republic in the next election. They are Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, Peter Kenneth, Martha Karua, Kalonzo Musyoka, William Ruto, Mutavya Musimi, Raila Odinga, Prof. Ole Kiyiapi and Charity Ngilu. A lot has been said on each of these candidates and I am going to add my two cents on a few of them and you don’t have to agree with me.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto are visitors of the court in the Hague, Netherlands for crimes against humanity following the disputed 2007 general election. It has been argued by their supporters they are innocent till proven guilty, which I don’t refuse, but by being suspects the most honorable thing for them to do is to hold their horses and wait for the outcome of their cases unless they are saying integrity and rule of law should go and hang. Political scientists and lawyers can interpret it they way they want, I say fuck them. These two gentlemen, if they can be called that, do not deserve to be in the ballot. If they can’t do the honorable thing then we must by use of our ballots show them we don’t want them in the house on the hill. It is up to you!

Musalia Mudavadi stands for nothing, hasn’t given as a proper account of the Goldenberg money which we lost when he was minister for finance. He is thus disqualified for having been adversely mentioned in the tribunal and it was recommended he has a case to answer. This gentleman cannot lead us to a better Kenya. He represents the status quo and he can go and hang as well or continue to represent his constituents if they have no one better to elect!

Madame Martha Karua has over the years appeared to stand for some ideal. My contention with her is at the time when she was fighting for Kibaki in the 2007 dispute, she kept insisting we go to court which her and all those who supported her knew very well were far from independent. How do we trust her to ensure there is fairness in the face of the law when we elect her as president?

There is nothing to be said about Madame Charity Ngilu except she would do well by being governor of Eastern where she has worked day and night to ensure there is access to clean water.

The current vice president, Kalonzo Musyoka is beyond his sell by date as a politician. He has been in parliament as long as I can remember and there is nothing worthwhile that he has done to the people he represents in parliament. This gentleman stands for nothing, represents no one except his stomach and his selfish needs. It is time the people of Kiambu and the nation sent him to retire and take care of his cows if he has any! We are better of without this man in parliament.

Mutavya Musimi during his heydays at Ufungamano was a civil rights activists and went to parliament and became a sycophant. We don’t need him as a president.

Raila Odinga has over time told us he fought for the freedoms we enjoy now. Nobody denies this fact, he didn’t fight for them alone and he may have suffered a lot in person or with his family but that does not mean he should become our president. The world is full of many others who fought for freedoms and did not run for president or those who became presidents and left their countries worse off. The last five years he has been an equal partner with the president, what has been his performance in respect ,to among others, in alleviating poverty, improving security, access to resources? Has he been in the fore front to fight nepotism? I doubt it. The government is full of his cronies and sycophants. He must come clean on the Maize Scandal and Kazi Kwa Vijana which both fall under his office. He keeps telling us he will fight corruption, what proof do we have of this if the ministers in his ODM section of government have been implicated in corruption and he has taken no action. The constitution states we shall have not more than 25 ministers, if he wanted to lead by example, what stopped him from reducing the size of government on the ODM side?  Recently he has been see to associate with Miana Njega, a fellow who confessed to having been the leader of an illegal outfit, Mungiki, who are accused of among others rape, robberies, extortion, forceful oath taking and so many other crimes. Is he doing this for political expediency? What is the message he is passing to his supporters and the Kenyan populace at large? On this account and many others, I think he should disqualify himself from the race.

Peter Kenneth has to account for his wealth. To the best of my knowledge he has worked in the civil service in the provincial administration. Untill then, he can remain an MPig.

Ole Kiyiapi to me represents the only viable option for a president. Whether he can win is another matter altogether.