Saturday, June 23, 2012

Members of Parliament should be learned people

Concerns over academic fraud as MPs without degrees plan to fight or evade new legal requirement of undergraduate degree to contest seats. MPs without degrees panic as house passes electoral laws (from today’s Standard newspaper)

I support this law because we are in a competitive world that requires people to have degrees to get good jobs. Most people earning six digit salaries and above are degree holders. Therefore those of our MPs without degrees have been very lucky to have landed the well paying job with minimal education background, and this was not right for other well educated Kenyans struggling to get good jobs.

It is not like the old days when one had to pass highly to get to university. There are now bridging courses, private universities and parallel degree courses in public universities, which they should have taken advantage of. They had the time and money unlike many Kenyans who cannot afford university fees and depend on student loans, scholarship and well wishers to support them. If they have been sleeping then the law has woken them when it is too late. Time is short so documents should be certified as fake degrees are readily available for sale.

The notion that leaders are born not made is now outdated in this World.  If a house of learned friends and dons is what will make a difference in Kenya let’s try the option.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Am still sad and shocked after what happened to our two leaders and security ministers, Prof George Saitoti and Hon. Orwa Ojode together with other 4 Kenyans. Many of us did not remember that on the same day (10th June) 4 years ago, other Kenyans including Minister Kipkalya Kones and MP Lorna Laboso died in chopper crash. What a terrible coincidence and this is the 4th crash killing Senior Government officials since President Moi left power to President Kibaki. What is going on??? Is it because they like traveling by air compared to the days of Moi when most leaders used road transport? Others who perished included Pilots Luke Oyugi and Nancy Gituanja together with two bodyguards Joshua Tonkei and Thomas Murimi. I say pole sana to the families.

Lately we have had many tragedies, blasts, terrible road accidents, buildings collapsing on Saturday a storey building collapsed in Mlolongo and we expected more news yesterday only to get worse news. Many Kenyans are really saddened by the death of these two politicians, as much as they have been attacked as Security chiefs for not doing enough especially in the cases of blasts suspected to be from Al-shabaab, they have not been in bad books of Kenyans like some politicians.

It is very sad that many Kenyans will forget very fast, just like we forgot other leaders and Kenyans who perished in other similar plane crash like Bonaya Godana and others. Then four years later, probably the same day 10th June 2016 other Government officials will board a chopper and get crashed (I hope not). We will say like we are used to that when the time of death comes no one can stop it, its true only God has the secret to death but this does not allow Kenyans to take this lightly. It is only God who knows if this was an accident or planned. If it was a plan let God’s wrath be upon those involved.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Kenya is now 49 years

Today’s Madaraka Day Kenya marks 49 years after independence. When we look back at Kenya’s history from that time and now, what achievements are we proud of? Are our lives any better since the British left and handed independence to Kenyans? Would we have been better-off with the British still colonizing us than being led by our fellow Kenyans?

To say the truth, there has been some improvement in all sectors i.e., improved infrastructure, education, health etc…. But generally many Kenyans can confess that living conditions are getting worse and worse as time goes by. Democratically we are yet to see a completely free and fair election, because it is a pity that there has been no democracy in all elections since independence.

It would be a joy to see statistics of the poor, the sick, homeless and unemployed getting lower. We are now being told of Vision 2030 but remember in the 90s we also had a vision of the year 2000 which passed by with no achievements whatsoever. Not to forget the demon of corruption that has refused to go away.

This is the usual story of disappointments and frustrations that many have gotten used to and actually there is nothing much to celebrate.

Too many road accidents and blasts

It is so, so sad to watch the many road accidents incidents on our televisions and read in the news everyday. What is happening?

There was a time that road carnage and mysterious deaths was high during former President Moi’s error and after complaints of dark forces involved, he formed a commission of inquiry into devil worship. This commission did their job but didn’t reveal much and I do not think anything has changed since then.

We have also heard news of many politicians seeking help from witchcraft during election year to win elections. Many witchdoctors are known to ask for human sacrifices, could this be the cause of the frequent accidents as we are headed for elections in less than a year? It is not only greedy politicians seeking power and wealth; the high cost of living can also lead people to seek evil ways of getting wealth.  It is said many people are now keeping majini (ghosts) to give them wealth and these things ask for human blood every month. These accidents are becoming unusually many so it is high time proper investigations are done, national prayers should also be held because it could be evil forces at work.

Since Kenya invaded Somalia to fight terrorism, grenade attacks on Kenyans have been on the rise. I will say it again it is as a result of the mistakes that happened in Kenya in the past. The Government now has the task of fighting terrorism within and out of Kenya. All public premises and shops will now be forced to buy explosive detectors to avoid more blasts.