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Kenyan Woman Stabbed to Death in Germany by Husband After Domestic Quarrel

August 3, 2015

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A 29 year old Kenyan woman and mother of two was on Thursday morning stabbed to death by her 28 year old Kenyan lover in their home in Wiesenhügel, in the city of Erfurt located in central Germany.

The lady identified as Belinda A. and the man identified as Nelson N. had been living together as a couple and even working together as business partners.

Police were called in at around 8am on Thursday morning by neighbours who heard the screams of the Kenyan lady, coming from the fifth floor of the apartment building. On arrival, the police found the lady lying lifeless in the living room with her body full of stab wounds and her blood spread all over the living room and the balcony.

When the police and the ambulance arrived, the lady had lost too much blood and had already passed on. The medics could only pronounce her dead. An autopsy was to be done on Friday to confirm the exact cause of death.

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Obama Gave Uhuru 29 Tough, Almost Impossible Conditions for Joint Cooperation

August 3, 2015

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uhuru obama conditionObama: Fight corruption, money laundering; open the government for accountability and transparency and allow United States to provide software that runs your e-government or else, expect no deal

WELCOMING His Excellency President Kenyatta’s stated commitment to reinvigorating a national campaign on good governance and anti-corruption, and his call to action in his State of the Nation Address on 26th March 2015.

Therefore commit as follows:

1.The two Governments reaffirm their shared objectives to improve governance by increasing transparency and accountability in Government, and commit to work together to combat corruption in Kenya.  The two Governments plan to meet quarterly to review progress in implementing these commitments.

2.  The two Governments intend to deepen our partnership to reduce corruption by focusing on four action areas:

I.  Entrenching Good Governance and Combating Corruption
a.  Deepening Partnerships for Good Governance

3. The Government of Kenya commits to continue with the momentum to combat corruption and advance good governance.  The Government of Kenya commits to use its annual national engagement on anti-corruption to engage with all stakeholders to further a national agenda on governance and integrity, and to identify clear, workable, and measurable targets to reduce corruption, and review progress made on these targets.

4. The U.S. Government intends to work with like-minded partners to coordinate and maintain momentum in support of Kenya’s anti-corruption efforts, and to promote the incorporation of anti-corruption efforts in existing donor coordination mechanisms focused on governance.  The United States plans to work with the local American Chamber of Commerce to encourage them to establish a similar group for U.S. businesses investing in Kenya and domestic Kenyan businesses.

b.  Institutionalizing Integrity and Anti-Corruption Mechanisms in all Facets of Government

5.  The Government of Kenya commits to reinvigorate and expand as well as launch new national civic awareness and education programs for schools across the country by incorporating civic education and ethics in school curricula, and develop national public awareness campaigns.

6. The Government of Kenya commits to introduce compulsory ethics training for all public officials across all levels of government, and the National Anti-Corruption Steering Committee is to commence execution of this program within three months.  This Committee, with support from accountability bodies, intends to create synergies among service delivery agencies and professional regulatory bodies to develop professional cadres within the civil service.  The Committee also commits to support the development of a Code, or Codes, of Conduct for the civil service, with clear disciplinary penalties, to complement civil or criminal anti-corruption laws; delivering effective mandated ethics training as well as providing on-demand ethics advice and counseling through an ethics office or offices; and creating a system to gather lessons learned across agencies in order to enhance these programs.  The Government of Kenya intends to fully enforce the recently launched Code of Governance (Mwongozo) for State Corporations to institutionalize good governance, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the discharge of state corporations’ mandates.  The Government of Kenya plans to encourage county governments to adopt these same best practices.

7. To support Kenya’s new compulsory ethics training program, the U.S. Government is prepared to assist the Government of Kenya in the development of ethics training curriculum, including through a series of consultations and mentorship opportunities.

8. The Government of Kenya, in consultation with all stakeholders, commits to review the financial and asset disclosure filings currently required by law, and to share them as necessary with the anti-economic-crime enforcement agencies, and to enable appropriate public access while taking into account constitutional and legal requirements for confidentiality and privacy.  The Government of Kenya also seeks to review and strengthen the mechanisms and structures it employs to compensate public officials with the goal of reducing corruption and abuse of the government pay system, while also prioritizing recognition and support for exemplary public service in order to ensure that an enabling environment that recognizes effort, hard work and dedication is established.

9. The Government of Kenya plans to work toward joining the Egmont Group, a network of financial intelligence units (FIUs) that regularly meets to promote the development of FIUs and to cooperate, especially in the areas of information exchange, training and the sharing of expertise on money laundering and terrorist financing cases.  The U.S. Government commits to support Kenya’s efforts to join the Egmont Group and to work with the Government of Kenya in meeting the requirements for membership.

10. The Government of Kenya also commits to work with the World Bank to conduct a full risk assessment for money laundering and terrorism finance and to work with development partners to facilitate the full implementation of its new anti-money laundering rules and regulations within the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) framework and to enforce the Act among all risk sectors and actors as appropriate.

11. The U.S. Government commits to provide best practices and advice on Kenya’s anti-corruption legislation, including supporting the Kenyan Attorney General’s interagency taskforce review of anti-corruption laws and policies for possible revisions to strengthen them.

II.  Implementing and Reinforcing International Anti-corruption Initiatives and Standards

12. The Government of Kenya intends to join the Partnership on Illicit Finance (PIF) announced at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, and the commitments included in this pledge constitute elements of its action plan under the PIF.

13. The two Governments believe that civil society should play a significant role in the review mechanism for the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), as well as UNCAC’s mechanisms on asset recovery and prevention of transfers of proceeds of crime.  The two Governments also commit to fully implementing the UNCAC, to conducting a transparent evaluation process under the UNCAC that includes all stakeholders, especially civil society, and to publish our UNCAC reviews.

14. The two Governments share a commitment to transparency in decision-making and financial flows related to the extractive industries, and intend to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to make this information publicly accessible and usable.  The Government of Kenya commits to implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) domestically and to identifying and enabling an EITI implementation focal point within the government within six months.  The Government of Kenya also commits to adopt and implement a progressive and transparent policy and legislative framework for upstream, mid-stream, and downstream extractive activities, including transparency in licensing procedures, publication of contracts, and environmental and conservation and labor requirements in line with international standards.

15. The United States is an EITI implementing country, and pledges to share its EITI experience with stakeholders in Kenya, including through exchanges of information between the United States and Kenyan governments and reciprocal visits to Washington and Nairobi, and via support to help local governments and civil society strengthen their understanding of EITI.

16.The Government of Kenya commits to release its second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan within six months and to fully implement the commitments made in it.  The Government of Kenya plans to link the OGP framework to its established multi-stakeholder governance working group mechanism to widen ownership, enhance drive, and ensure a participatory and inclusive OGP process.

17. The Government of Kenya is planning to complete a new African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) review based on a round of wide public consultation and a public self-assessment report.

III.  Expanding the Use of Technology to Reduce Opportunities for Corruption

18. The Government of Kenya commits to leveraging technology to reduce or eradicate opportunities for corruption.  The Government commits to finalizing the Government’s complaints and corruption reporting web portal for citizen use by December 2015, and to publishing the data regarding the complaints it receives on this and other corruption-reporting websites, broken down by sector and geographic area, along with its response.  The Government of Kenya commits to deepen ongoing interventions, such as progressively moving all in-bound government payments onto the Government Digital ePayments Platform, and widening the use of the i-Tax and Single Window platforms.  At the same time, the Government of Kenya plans to fast track the rollout of digitization of government services under eGovernment to complement the ongoing ePayment program.  The Government of Kenya commits to complete the digitization of lands, births, and death records by July 2016, and prioritize business registration records together with other high demanded public records starting August 2016.  The Government commits to further enhance its efforts under the Integrated Financial Management Information System program towards full integration of all government financial systems, and to augment the audit and security components to guarantee the system’s integrity.  The Government commits to consult widely on the development of these various digital programs.

19. The Government of Kenya has committed to expanding its program to transparently utilize eProcurement systems to eliminate corruption in the awarding of contracts and licenses, and commits to finalizing its transition to eProcurement by June 2016.  The Government of Kenya also commits to overhaul its whistleblower legislation.

20. The U.S. Government pledges, by the end of 2015, to undertake a scoping mission to evaluate the potential to provide assistance in Kenya under the Global Procurement Initiative, and to explore providing grant assistance to support the implementation of eGovernment systems.  The U.S. Government plans to work with the Government of Kenya to seek suitable partnerships with international institutions to support this agenda.

21. In order to target corruption in the transportation sector, Kenya is rolling out an enhanced coordinated port operations program under the Border Control and Operations Coordination Committee to coordinate efforts that will lead to increased efficiency and transparency in customs and clearance procedures.

22. The U.S. Government plans to host a senior Kenyan delegation in Washington to discuss best practices in port management, and pledges to provide assistance to help improve port procedures, building on existing efforts.  The U.S. Government also plans to incorporate anti-corruption modules into upcoming Reverse Trade Missions and other U.S. visits.  In addition, the United States commits to work with the Government of Kenya to explore the possibility of developing a Cargo Targeting System (CTS) in order to receive electronic cargo manifest data from shipping lines to target high-risk shipments based on risk profiles.

IV.  Ensuring Accountability for Corruption and Mismanagement

23. The Government of Kenya will sustain its commitment to conduct thorough investigations into corruption cases and, where investigations adduce sufficient evidence, to professionally prosecute such corruption cases, including cases recommended by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

24. The Government of Kenya recognizes and affirms the value of independent oversight bodies such as the EACC, the Public Procurement Oversight Authority, and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.  The Government of Kenya commits to comprehensively and progressively build the capacity of, and increasingly resource, these and all frontline agencies in the fight against corruption.  This includes strengthening the capacity for forensic investigation and analysis.

25. The U.S. Government commits to aid in strengthening the capacity of a designated agency within the Government of Kenya to fight transnational crimes and to enable the agency to partner effectively with the U.S. Government to investigate corruption associated with wildlife trafficking, drug smuggling, money laundering, and other cross-border criminal activities.  By late 2015, the U.S. Government also plans to provide technical assistance to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, the National Police Service Commission, and the National Police Service’s Internal Affairs Unit to help them enhance police accountability.

26. The Government of Kenya commits to accelerate work to strengthen the capacity of the Financial Reporting Centre (FRC) and Central Bank of Kenya to track illicit financial flows, including outfitting the FRC with the requisite platform to run anti-money laundering software, and welcomes U.S. Government assistance to do so.  The U.S. Government pledges to provide best practices and advice to Kenya’s FRC, including by conducting an Analyst Exchange workshop in Nairobi in late 2015 to augment the knowledge of the FRC’s cadre of analysis experts, and to evaluate possible additional engagement.  The United States also pledges to procure software for the FRC to improve the analysis of suspicious transactions and better communicate with other countries’ FRCs once the requisite platform is in place.  At the request of the FRC for a comprehensive Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism technical assistance program, the U. S. Government commits to conduct an in-country assessment to determine the feasibility of such an engagement.

27. The respective Central Authorities for the Government of Kenya (the Office of the Attorney General) and the U.S. Government (the Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs) pledge to meet to discuss best practices and to improve bilateral cooperation in criminal cases, with a focus on mutual legal assistance and extradition.  The Government of Kenya pledges to review and expand its mutual legal assistance framework and partnership with key strategic countries.  This work would especially target enabling asset seizures and recovery, detection and investigations, and arrests and prosecutions.

28. The U.S. Government pledges to continue to work with the Government of Kenya on individual criminal cases of mutual interest and to share available information on illicit finance and individuals and entities involved in money laundering and terror financing with appropriate Kenyan ministries and agencies, as appropriate.  The two Governments recognize that taking these steps can enhance the ability of both countries to investigate, apprehend and successfully prosecute persons suspected of corruption-related crimes.

29. The activities in this commitment are to be implemented consistent with our respective constitutions and laws.

SOURCE: THE WHITE HOUSE

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Vote of Thanks from the Ngatia Family Following Grand Daughter’s Birthday

August 2, 2015

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All White Afrodance Boogie in Stockholm: 15th August at Alvik

August 1, 2015

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all white PartyInvitation to: Afrodance All White Party: 15th August

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Tonite: “Club Mombasa” Presents: Kababa Nkomba Gaby, Kabara Congas: 1/August

August 1, 2015

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Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”

ngoma ya kilo
Place: Whistle “Club Mombasa”
Date: 01/08/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
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T-bana: Önsberg

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Is Uhuru Kenyatta Fit for The Presidency?

August 1, 2015

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uhurus kenya“Treasury dismisses Auditor-General (A-G) over missing funds” was the headline carried in the Daily Nation (DN) newspaper on July 30, 2015 as the official answer to the recent A-G’s report on the alleged misuse of Ksh450 billion during the financial year 2013-14. A signed statement by National Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich said: “We have since established that though most ministries, departments and state agencies provided the necessary documents to office of the Auditor General during the final stages of audit review, these were not taken into account before the report was submitted to the National Assembly.”

In my KSB article “Massive Plunder of National Treasury Indicates Bad Governance Under Uhuru Kenyatta”, I noted that the A-G reports have never been taken seriously by sitting governments. Apart from a few Kenyans interviewed by mainstream media houses and some angry online comments, the new report has already been archived and forgotten in the minds of the political class.

On October 13, 2013 the DN headline for the 2011-12 A-G’s report was: “Third of govt’s 2011/12 expenditure unaccounted for: audit.” I quote from the newspaper: “Edward Ouko told the National Assembly at a specially organised session last evening that of the Sh920 billion spent by government in that financial year, Sh303 billion “can be regarded as not having been properly accounted for.” In a presentation like that of the Budget Statement by the Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Mr Ouko said that of the 252 financial statements examined, only 15 (six per cent) could be deemed clean. This was however an improvement from the previous year, where there were no clean accounts.” The A-G mentioned that there were no “clean accounts” from the previous year – meaning that for the financial year 2010-11, the situation had been worse.

For the 2009-10 financial year, the DN headline read: “Auditor-General shows Sh16bn bills not settled.” I cite a section: “About 60 ministries and departments did not settle bills amounting to Sh16 billion in the financial year 2009/10, the Auditor-General has said. The money, part of which was Sh5 billion relating to recurrent expenditure and Sh11 billion to development, was carried forward to 2010/2011, according to a report. Some of them are Internal Security (Sh953 million), State House (Sh10 million), Foreign Affairs (Sh80 million), Home Affairs (Sh349 million) and Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 (Sh10 million). Others are Finance (Sh121 million), Defence (Sh197 million), Agriculture (Sh768 million), Local Government (Sh2 billion), Roads (Sh9 billion), Education (Sh319 million) and he Interim Independent Electoral Commission (Sh280 million).”

Uhuru as a leader
Uhuru Kenyatta was appointed by former President Mwai Kibaki as Kenya’s Finance Minister in January 2009 and resigned in January 2012, (due to mounted pressure for his alleged links to the post-election violence in 2007-8). He is therefore fully aware of the operations at the National Treasury, considering some of the steps he took to implement failed austerity measures, stimulus packages, and so forth. However, as president, he has not revisited those failed policies to make sure that grand corruption is reduced, to streamline the National Treasury. His Treasury Cabinet Secretary has already dismissed the latest audit report from the A-G, yet the current unaccounted sum of Ksh450 billion, is just an escalation of the Ksh303 billion reported by that office for the fiscal year 2011-12, while Uhuru was Finance Minister.

When he became president in 2013, Uhuru promised to curb public spending yet the public wage bill has not only risen, but he has created employment for his “politically correct” cronies for political expediency. Uhuru thinks that hand-outs and playing the populist card is what will advance Kenya economically. He is not short of personal wealth, having been brought up in immense wealth acquired dubiously by his parents, according to available documentation. Therefore, he should use that privilege to transform Kenya into an economically inclusive society by shedding off those who are hell-bent to acquire wealth behind his back using taxpayers’ money. He should atone the documented economic blunders made by his father, first President Jomo Kenyatta, which marginalized many parts of the country socio-economically.

Uhuru should take seriously the impact of global initiatives for development such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA), to know where Kenya is heading, since we are signatories. The world is soon moving towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Where do we stand? He needs to be surrounded by intelligent advisors and not noisemaking sycophants whom he often takes selfies with. He should be grounded in the country and not be traveling all over to every inauguration and birthday for dictators around the African continent. He should also stop the habit of being seen off and welcomed back repeatedly by a coterie of politicians and military bosses at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, since that amounts to wastage of public money by driving back and forth. It also disrupts the smooth flow of traffic which costs taxpayers who are hindered from meeting their obligations in time, in the name of Uhuru’s security.

Wastage of taxpayer’s money
The Business Daily on June 3, 2015 reported that: “Uhuru’s frequent flier diary strains State House budget”. A section read: “Official data shows that the Presidency has already exceeded its recurrent budget allocation for the fiscal year ending June 30 by Sh300 million with travel spending as the main driver. Concerns over the cost of the President’s foreign trips mounted last week after it emerged that 84 people would be accompanying him to the inauguration of Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari.” How much can Ksh300 million do for hungry schoolchildren who walk many miles to school wearing tattered school uniform? Paying school fees as Uhuru does to a few pupils and students, or bailing out a patient in hospital due to accrued bills is not the answer. It is being populist. He should see to it that public institutions deliver. It does not matter that county governments exist and claim separation of power. He can influence their productivity and quality of service.

When Kibaki’s henchmen plundered the National Treasury for 10 years, he never uttered a word and his sycophants said he was too old to control them. Many blamed his advisors. However, Kibaki knew the game and let them ‘eat’ as much as they could. He is the one who, in his December 2002 presidential campaigns, had promised to stump out corruption after the 24-years of looting by the Rift Valley cabal of Dictator Moi. His supporters always squeeze in Raila Odinga’s name (who shared the Grand Coalition Government as Prime Minister), to make Kibaki look good. However, records show that as Roads and Housing Minister in 2003-05, Kibaki’s political allies fought Raila’s efforts to eradicate “Cowboy Contractors” who billed the Government for fake road construction deals and were paid, despite his protests. Therefore, assuming that Raila later let loose his grip on fighting corruption, it was because he did not get support from Kibaki’s side of government.

The so-called ‘old and senile’ Kibaki must have laughed at the Kenyan taxpayers after he signed for himself a fat pension package. “The amended presidential retirement benefits law gave Mr Kibaki a lump sum of Sh25.2 million, a monthly pension of Sh560,000, entertainment allowance of Sh280,000, fuel allowance of Sh195,000 and a house allowance of Sh299,000. The former president also enjoys an annual in-patient medical cover of up to Sh21.2 million. Mr Kibaki’s upkeep in retirement will set the taxpayer back Sh82.86 million in the financial year ending June while Mr Moi’s total pay stands at Sh66.85 million. The Treasury’s estimates for 2015/16 year show that Mr Kenyatta and his deputy’s combined salaries and allowances increased by Sh4.29 million despite the duo’s announcement last year that they had taken a 20 per cent pay cut to contain the bloated wage bill” (Business Daily, May 13, 2015). Wake up, you foolish Kenyan Taxpayer.

Jared Odero

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“Club Mombasa” Presents: Kababa Nkomba Gaby, Kabara Congas.

July 30, 2015

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Dekula Band “Ngoma Ya Kilo”


Place: Club Mombasa
Date: 31/07/2015
Time: 21.00-01.30
Add: Instrument Vägen 4
T-bana: Önsberg

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Massive Plunder of National Treasury Indicates Bad Governance Under Uhuru Kenyatta

July 30, 2015

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Jared Odero

Jared Odero: The presidency is led by two men whose tenure in Kibaki’s government for instance, was riddled with incompetence and suspicious misuse of public funds

The newly released Auditor General’s damning report on Kenya’s “suspected expenditure” totaling KSh450 bllion within Government for the fiscal year 2013-14, has shocked Kenyans a few days after President Obama’s tough-talk on corruption, while visiting the country. Specific Ministries, Departments and Commissions, have accumulated a total loss of KSh66 billion. The Auditor General, Mr. Edward Ouko, has also noted that only 1.2% out of the country’s KSh1 trillion budget can be accounted for. The report shows how far the roots of corruption have permeated the fabric of Kenyan society.

The World Bank’s Report “Decision Time: Spend More or Spend Smart? Kenya Public Expenditure Review [PER] Volume 1 December 2014” raised a red flag on the rising public expenditure and increased public debt. “The reasons are varied and weighty: rising costs of rolling out devolution; costs of financing national security; huge infrastructure investments; funding of flagship projects to fulfill pre-election pledges; and, a hefty public wage bill, among others” (p. ii). The report further states that though Kenya has a robust tax system, the rising budgetary pressure undermines the revenue base whose sustainability is at risk, since the County governments have constrained capacity to generate adequate revenue.

“Kenya’s tax system is heavily dependent on income taxes which account for 50 percent of tax revenue (9 percent of GDP) as consumption taxes underperform at 5.7 percent of GDP generating 25.5 percent of revenues. VAT contributes about a quarter (4.6 percent of GDP) and the balance is from excise and import duty (Figure 4.2). In 2013/14, Kenya revenue/GDP ratio improved by one percentage points to about 19.2 percent. The growth was mainly from PAYE (0.3 percent), corporation tax (0.2 percent) and VAT (0.5 percent). Growth also emanated from non-tax agency revenue which grew by 0.4 percent mainly due to introduction of the railway development levy” (p. 43).

The above paragraph indicates that a high percentage of government revenue is generated from personal income tax, i.e. pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) squeezed from a workforce of some 22 million Kenyans, according to the PER. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) met its revised revenue collection target of Sh963.7 billion at the end of the fiscal year in June 2015. Treasury’s set target for the taxman is KSh1.18 trillion for 2015-16, while the national budget is KSh1.7 trillion.

Where then, is the incentive to pay taxes if KSh450 billion has been suspiciously used to finance personal interest yet development is neglected? When Kenya turned to face East (read China) during Kibaki’s leadership, massive borrowing became the norm since his Government had escaped the scrutiny and conditionalities that come with borrowing from the West. Kenya’s debt burden is unsustainable at this rate, because recurrent expenditure almost surpasses the collected income. Continuous borrowing is thus the only solution. However, plundering State coffers to the tune of billions of Shillings, is the biggest factor leading to massive losses of revenue in Kenya. From time immemorial, sitting governments have never taken the Auditor General’s reports seriously. If such reports are that damning and reveal the deep rot in Government, why bother to have the incompetent, politically-influenced Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission? The Auditor General’s reports should lead to prosecution.

Massive plunder and poor governance
Kenya’s macro-economic growth barely trickles to the micro level because the political class must keep the voters poor. This enables them to go back and manipulate them with goodies and bogus stories of how the national government has refused to provide money for development at the county and constituency levels. For many years during Kibaki’s presidency, Members of Parliament had full control of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), yet very few managed to transform their constituents’ livelihoods.

The documentary film “Unfinished Business: What it means to be poor in the land of Presidents” by Maina Kiai, currently the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom, questions what the ordinary Kikuyu have gained from having three presidents from the Mount Kenya region since independence in 1963. Kibaki’s 10-year presidency did not leave any special impact economically in his home area of Nyeri, nor did the late Jomo Kenyatta, in Kiambu. The same can be said of Rift Valley, under Dictator Moi. The presidency wields a lot of power and money, and can be used by wise leaders to transform Kenya into a vibrant and inclusive economy, but that has never been the case. The PER by the World Bank shows that curative health budget allocation favors the rich, while the poor are left with a lower budget for preventive healthcare. Surely, how can a sick nation grow economically? There has to be an equitable budgetary allocation for healthcare to bring inclusive growth.

The presidency is led by two men whose tenure in Kibaki’s government for instance, was riddled with incompetence and suspicious misuse of public funds. Uhuru Kenyatta as Finance Minister encountered a “Computer Error” (discrepancies) amounting to Ksh10.7 billion in the revised Supplementary Budget in May 2009. Although he was let off the hook by Kibaki’s side of Government, this was a sign of incompetence since by the time a budget is being presented in public, it must have passed through serious scrutiny. Other questionable actions by Uhuru at that time include the single-sourced purchase of Passat vehicles for Ministers and top Government officials, in the name of cutting back on public expenditure. Ironically as President, his Cabinet Secretaries drive some of the biggest fuel guzzlers in the country. Is he a principled leader?

Deputy President Ruto is not new to big financial scandals which can be traced back to when he was Organizing Secretary of the infamous Youth for Kanu ’92 (YK92). According to a blog, “Before 1992, Ruto used to idle around the Hilton Hotel, jobless. The Youth for Kanu ‘92 gave him a lifeline. With Cyrus Jirongo, they devoured on millions of stolen money to campaign for Kanu. And when he got a chance to join the government, Ruto went on a looting spree, almost bankrupting the Kenya Pipeline.” (http://www.kenyanentrepreneur.com/is-william-ruto-a-dead-man-walking)

Ruto was later linked to the illegal acquisition of 100 acres of land during the post-election violence in 2007/08, belonging to Eldoret farmer Adrian Muteshi, In 2013, he was ordered by the High Court to vacate the land and pay Ksh5 million to compensate Mr. Muteshi for the loss of earnings during his illegal occupation. William Ruto claimed ignorance in the process of purchasing the land, yet he owns massive property worth billions of shillings, and is smart enough to search for ownership before signing a land deal.

Uhuru and Ruto’s followers have invested so much emotion in supporting them politically, they have become blind to their well-oiled machinery of looting the national Treasury. The two leaders have compressed so much hope into their sycophants by marketing and talking big about economic growth in the service sector and through information and communications technology (ICT), yet the massive plunder of KSH 66 billion indicates that the country is surviving on the basis of robbing the taxpayer to finance their rock star lifestyles. William Ruto does not occupy his official home though it is maintained by the poor taxpayer. Similarly, Kibaki does not occupy his official retirement home in Mweiga, yet it is fully funded by poor Kenyans. This is Kenya gone to the dogs under the leadership of Uhuru, the son of Jomo Kenyatta.

Jared Odero

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Corrupt Charity Ngilu Running Helter Skelter to Escape from Media

July 29, 2015

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One Day, I will Die

July 29, 2015

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