Monday, September 24, 2007
ODM presidential candidate Mr Raila Odinga and his running mate, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, receive blessings from the Rev Julius Tanui (left) and the Rev Henry Ng’eno of Immanuel African Gospel Church in Kericho town on Sunday. They later addressed a huge rally at the Green Stadium in the town. Picture by Titus Munala
Glad that the AGC leadership has finally come to the forefront of activities. As the light and the salt of the world and the earth, they are supposed to show the way by guiding the flock even in political decision-making matters.Congratulations to Rev.Julius Tanui, Rev.Henry Ng'eno,Rev.Edwin Too and all the rest who are leading by example!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
is this raila phobia justified
By Ababu Namwamba
Chief Nazi and Hitler propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, famously quipped that when a lie is repeated often enough, it transforms into spellbinding “truth”. And fittingly, it was Hitler’s nemesis, Sir Winston Churchill, who amplified the danger in lies, cautioning that a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.
A potent cocktail of lies, rumor, innuendo and hearsay has intoxicated the Kenyan political scene into a vortex of phobias and myths, which are slowly ingraining themselves into our national psyche. This dangerous trend has chillingly become a well-choreographed orchestra of prejudice seemingly aimed at locking some individuals and communities outside the national leadership circuit.
Raila Amolo Odinga is easily the top victim of phobia mongers. The indefatigable Langata MP has been transformed into some kind of a national mystic mill, around which all sorts of myths are spurn, with Railaphobs and Railamanics as the protagonists. The myths and phobias are as ridiculous as they are mundane. Sample these:
Raila cannot be elected President: This is perhaps the most ludicrous of all the myths spurn around the man whose followers affectionately call Agwambo. The myth is rooted in ethno-cultural prejudice, which ignores Raila’s cosmopolitan constituency and history of valor.
And so Railaphobs will argue that “Kenyans are not ready for a Luo president”, because “Luos are uncircumcised…are arrogant…and violent”. Yet Luos serve superbly in myriad elective positions, including the crucial trade union movement. And just what has the matter above our neck got to do with the things below our belt? If it is so important, why don’t we undress all candidates just to be sure? How do you label a whole community so sweepingly? Which Kenyan community has homogeneous traits? That the Bukusu are faithful to traditional circumcision does not make this practice a “Luhya” custom. If 80 per cent of all armed thugs are from some community, should it be labeled “thuggish”? And is there anything like a “communal presidency”?
We should logically judge candidates on their merit. Whether their communities are rainmakers or night runners is irrelevant!
Raila is power hungry: Whenever Raila says a thing about leadership, his detractors brand him power hungry. When Kibaki craves power (he took a shot at the presidency thrice, and demanded to be the NARC sole candidate) that is called democracy. When it is the scion of Jaramogi, it is hunger for power! Everyone else can crave power, but not Agwambo. Raila is only expected to support others, but never to seek the support of others. So he is only Njamba, the brave warrior, when he says Kibaki Tosha, but a Kihii, the uncircumcised one, when he says no to deception and ethnic bigotry. And by the way, I thought if you have no interest in power you should become a Monk or something!
Raila is selfish and inconsistent: They say he is a child of privilege obsessed with self interest. That he skips from party to party. But they choose not to acknowledge how Raila identifies with the struggles of ordinary Kenyans, and will not mention the history of betrayal the house of Jaramogi has suffered, conveniently forgetting Jaramogi’s sacrifice for Jomo Kenyatta in 1960 and Raila’s for Kibaki in 2002. Neither will they admit that Raila is unrivalled as a true warrior for democracy. They refuse to see how Raila has remained consistent in his relentless pursuit of democracy. His reward is the distinction of being the most detained Kenyan in the history of our land. Critics also will not admit the truth that Raila has merely used various political parties as different vehicles to a single destination: a better governed Kenya. Every smart traveler knows that you do not use a boat to fly through the clouds or a lorry to sail over rough seas or a chopper to race on rugged terrain.
Raila is radical and disloyal: His strength of character is mistaken for intransigence. His charisma is confused for a domineering demeanor. His experience from battling in the frontline trenches for democracy is misconstrued to mean a radical streak. But worst of all, he is not expected to do or say what everyone else does or say. So, for instance, when other ODM-K candidates explain why they best deserve the party presidential ticket, Raila is not supposed to market his cutting edge. When he does, he is admonished for rocking the boat!
For a man who, like his venerated father, has dedicated his life to the selfless service of the motherland, Raila deserves better than these absurd myths and phobias. The least Kenyans can do in appreciation is to accord him equal opportunity as everyone else. This country must learn to celebrate and honour its heroes in their lifetime.
Kibaki's Govt of national Unity!!!!
May God bless Kenya as we move closer to the election period! This is Unbelievable. Even Moi saved seats for people from other tribes and
Kibaki has the audacity to say that he is not a tribalist...I needen't say anything more as this is a clear indication that we need to elect non tribalists.
Kenya is for Kenyans of all tribes, colour and creed not just Kikuyus or people from Central or GEMA! Shame on Kibaki. Atoke kabisa! We have no
more space for tribalists.
FINANCE MINISTRY (Controls Finance, Banking, & Economy in general)
Minister - Amos Kimunya â€“ Kikuyu
Asst. Minister- Peter Kenneth - Kikuyu
Permanent Secretary - Joseph Kinyua - Kikuyu
Economic Secretary - Kamau Thuge - Kikuyu
Pensions secretary - Anne Mugo - Kikuyu
Budgetary director -P.B Ngugi â€“kikuyu
ERD director - Kenneth Mwangi â€“kikuyu
D/Finance secretary - Mwirichia -Meru
CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA.
Governor- Prof. Ndungu - Kikuyu (curious appointment in election yr)
Dep. Governor - John Gikonyo -Kikuyu !
CONSOLIDATED BANK OF KENYA.
Chairman - Phillip Njuki â€“ kikuyu
Chief Executive Officer - David Wachira - kikuyu
KENYA REVENUE COMMISSION **The most absurd**
1. Commisssioner General:
Michael Waweru - Kikuyu
2. Board Secretary: Mrs Ngang'a - Kikuyu
3. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Enforcement:
Mr Joseph Nduati -Kikuyu
4. Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Enforcement: Mr Namu Nguru - Embu/Meru
5. Deputy Commissioner, Administration: Mr Karimi - Meru
6. Deputy Commissioner Procurement: Ms Murichu. - Kikuyu
7 Commissioner Customs:
Mrs. Wambui Namu. - Kikuyu
8. Senior Deputy Commissioner (Customs): Ms Githinji.-Kikuyu
9. Deputy Commissioner, Enforcement (Customs): Mr Maina.-Kikuyu
10. Deputy Commissioner, Finance: Ms Wachira.-kikuyu
11. Commissioner Domestic Taxes (LTO) Mr Njiraini. -Kikuyu
12. Deputy Commissioner: Mrs Mwangi. -kikuyu
13. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Finance: Mrs King'ori.-Kikuyu
14. Senior Assistant Commissioner, Security: Major Kariuki.-kikuyu
15. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Southern Region: Wagachira.-kikuyu
CAPITAL MARKETS AUTHORITY
Board Chair- Chege Waruingi â€“Kikuyu
CEO - Edward N'talami - Meru
DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
Chief Procurement Officers - 23 out of 36 first appointees are all from GEMA. Rest of Kenya = the remaining 13 (out of the 36).
KENYA RE-INSURANCE CO.
Chairman of Board - Nelius Kariuki. -kikuyu
Chief Executive Officer - Johnson Githaka -kikuyu
Financial controller - John Kinyua - kikuyu
The latter two were just recently sacked for grand corruption.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION:
Minister - Prof George Saitoti - Kikuyu
Asst. Minister(s) - Beth Mugo - Kikuyu
Kilemi Mwiria - Meru
Permanent Secretary - Karega Mutahi - kikuyu
Director Basic Education - Mary Njoroge -kikuyu
Director City Education - Margaret Thiongo- kikuyu
Kenya Institute of Education (KIE)
Director - Gabriel Muita -Kikuyu
Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) - Chairman - H.M Kimura -Kikuyu
Commission for Higher Education (CHE) Head of scholarships /credentialing Snr Asst. Commissioner- George Njine -Kikuyu
Head of Administration (Asst. Comm) - Margaret Kobia -Meru
MINISTRY OF INTERNAL SECURITY & PROV. ADM
Minister- John Michuki - Kikuyu
Asst. Minister - Peter Munya - Meru
Permanent secretary - Cyrus Gituai - kikuyu
CID Director - Simon Gatiba Karanja- Kikuyu
AP Commandant - K. Mbugua - kikuyu
GSU Commandant - Mathew Iteere -Gema
Deputy & Asst Commissioners of Police - majority -kikuyu
Provincial Commissioners (PC's) 3/8
Nairobi J. Waweru - kikuyu
Coast - Earnest Munyi-"
NEP -Kiritu Wamae -"
38/71 are GEMA with most concentrated in; Rift Valley (19), Eastern (8), Coast & Western (3 each)
MINISTRY OF DEFENSE
Minister - Njenga Karume - Kikuyu Asst. Minister - none: But who knows, he is waiting to appoint a relative Karume's for sure just as he has done in all the other ministries!
Permanent secretary - Zachary Mwaura -kikuyu
Vice Chief of Armed Forces - Lt. Gen. Julius Karangi - kikuyu
Army Commander - Lt. Gen. Augustine Njoroge " -Kikuyu (note all the other Generals etc, were forced into retirement ...especially those who are
Navy Commander - Maj. Gen. Mwathethe "- Kikuyu
Dep. Air Force Commander - Maj. Gen. Jackson Waweru " -Kikuyu
Judiciary- Chief Justice Evans Gicheru
We ask God to save Kenya and more so in the coming elections!