THE GRAND COALITION CABINET

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  1. NURIA ABDI(from mandera) currently in eastlands NAIROBI says:

    hell no no no!!!!!!!!!!!! am very much disappointed and feel let down by my ODM leaders esp RAO coz i guess he could have stick to his words ……..GRAN COALITION MEAN POWER SHARING and balancing of portfolio but with current cabinets there is nothing called portfolio balance PNU are the winners of this grand coalition i feel ashamed by ma leader RAO..how come he is the only one sacrificing everything? he let go of the presidency then portfolio balance……..i wish we ODM would have pushed for election in 2yrs or kibaki meets the portfolio balance…. secondly am not happy with what post RUTO was given AGRICULTURE no i wanted him for INTERNAL SECURITY or LOCAL GOVERMENT…………… ? i wish u would have hear what my collegues are telling me now ATE RAILA ALIOLIWA NA KIBAKI WHEN ALIPELEKWA NYERI LODGE TO BROKE TO DEAL……..i feel like crying…………

    BUT deep inside me i know that RAO is for pples interest and not power hungry and that is why he signed the deal so that he can resettle the IDPs who are suffering in camp……

    AM NOT HAPPY BUT THERE WAS NO OTHER WISE……….

  2. Phil says:

    I am not fully satisfied. Come to think of it, the so called portfolio balance was a big joke and ODM was taken for a ride. In actual sense, Uhuru Kenyatta was being set-up for the Kibaki succession while ODM was being denied the previously agreed power ministries.

    In appreciating that this coalition is transitional, the ODM ministers must not let power get into their heads. They must work towards fulfilling party pledges and the visions of the captain that are within their capability as ministers. Most importantly, the ODM MUST work towards sustaining pressure for a new devolved constitution.

    Meanwhile, the pentagon must continue to meet regularly in order to maintain cohesion and strengthen the party. Afterall, we are all aware that general elections may just come before 2012 and it will be regrettable to be caught pants down.

    SUGGESTION: Please expand the composition of the pentagon by including James Orengo and maybe Sally Kosgei. ODM forever!!!!

  3. Maru Kapkatet says:

    Many congratulations, PM Raila Odinga, o your being sworn in. You have fought hard for Kenya and it is good to see some results of your struggle.

    Millions of Kenyans will be looking up to Hon. Raila Odinga for better delivery of services and leadership in general.

    As I watched a glimpse of the sweraing in ceremony, the baptism of Lord Jesus by John the Baptist kept coming to me. “Let it be so for now”, Jesus told John the Baptist” and with that he launched His ministry.

  4. rafiq says:

    Agent for change and ODMers,
    I am tired of being denied the opportunity to express myself here. Thank you it was a pleasure communicating with you guys. Hopefully when its more open I may come back. For now its better to do other things than struggle to blog here every single day.
    Kwa heri.

  5. Maru Kapkatet says:

    Congratulations to all the ministers who were sworn in today and many thanks to Mzee Moi for attending the swearing-in ceremony. It shows that he cares for Kenya.

    There has been a lot of talk on portfolio balance and which ministries were more plum than others.

    All the 42 or so portfolios are very important. It is the resourcefulness of the individual ministers that will make their ministries play a very visible and important role in the development of Kenya.

    1. The ministry of national heritage and culture. The way I see it, Hon. Ntimama has his hands full and an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for the Maasai people and Kenyans in general by preserving the Maasai culture and heritage for posterity. The best way to do thii is to establish Maasai Heritage University.

    2. The ministry of Youth and Sports. The minister should not use all her time on the olympic games preparations but should also devote half of her time to youth affairs.

    The minister first needs to define who the “youth” are. There are children (probably best defined as all school-going children below the age of 20 years), youth, and then adults.

    The government last year informed Kenyans that billions of shillings have been set aside for the youth. Is this true or was it just politics?

    The minister has to determine how to best disburse funds to youth. Free money begets zero results. The way I see it is that the minister has to ask all youth to form youth groups at the village level.

    The youth groups should be encouraged and probably helped to form structures and open bank accounts using contributions from members. These youth groups will be registered with the registrar of societies and with the ministry of youth.

    The youth groups will then be asked to write project proposals which should be submitted to the ministry for refining, after which the ministry will determine how much loan to give for those projects.

    The ministry of youth has to set up an auditing machinery.

    The ministry of youth and sports should also look into creating continuing education programs for the youth so that they can develop their skills in various trades. The ministry of youth should take responsibilty in preparing currucular for the youth continuing education.

    The best institutions to offer continuing education should be the polytechnics and institutes of technology. The ministry of youth should look into establishing a loan scheme to fund the youth continuing education.

    3. The ministry of water and irrigation may rank with the ministry of agriculture, finance, and security, and environement as the key ministries that hold the future of Kenya in their hands.

    The first thing Hon. Ngilu should do is to carry a census of water resources in Kenya – springs, streams, rivers, natural and man-made lakes and to establish a database of these water resources with details such as length, volume of water, rate of drying-up and reasons for it, usage.

    Hon. Ngilu should make use of our universities to create such a database and use modern technology such as google earth to map the information and make it readily-available.

    The ministry of water can then be in a better position to put in place measures to preserve Kenya’s water resources.

    There have been predictions that the next world war (may God forbid it) will be start over water. Egypt has already threatened to fight the East African countries if they use the water of lake Victoria and the River Nile for irrigation.

    There have been ethnic skirmishes in Kenya over water, in Naivasha. Hon. Charity Ngilu has a lot of work on her hands. She can choose to make the ministry vibrant or dormant. PM Raila has to make sure that no ministry is allowed to be dormant. Kenyans have to be served.

    4. The Ministry of East African Community must be aggresive to have its role and identity clearly spelt out. In the past, the ministry of East African Community has existed only in name with most of its work being carried out by the ministry of foreign affairs.

    Hon. Jeffah has to be be aggresive to ensure tha Hon. Wetangula does not encroach into his territory. Hon. Jeffah should also initiate plans along with his counterparts in the other member states to have an alternate office with staff (paid by the Kenya government) in Arusha.

    If the ministry of foreign affairs has staff in embassies and high commissions all over the world, why should trhe minister of east african community not have own staff in Arusha.

    It is a shame that Mr. Kofi Annan came all the way to Kenya to mediate over the elections dispute. Hon. Jeffah should take the initiative to have structures within the East African Community to help in terms of disputes.

    There should be East African Court of Appeal (there is one already) and their rulings should be binding. There should be the East African Electoral Commission to help the electoral commissions of member states in times of dispute.

    There are so many things that need to be done within East Africa if the envisaged full integration of the east african countries is to be achieved.

  6. Anon says:

    @ Nuria
    At first I thought the Agriculture ministry was not good for Ruto but when you really look at it, it has 22 parastatals (the highest in the Country) and Agriculture is the back bone of our economy. He can do alot for the ordinary mwananchi. Internal security is beter off with PNU so that they can finish Mungiki on their own. Can you imagine how PNU would spin if Ruto was given the docket and ordered Mungiki to be arrested? I think ODM can make the best out of what they have. Rememeber it is not always the kid who gets the best grades in school who becomes successful in life.

    @Phil
    True Uhuru is being set up to secceed Kibaki but he would have problems from saitoti and Martha Karua. Let me ask you something..would you vote for Uhuru or an ODM candidate? they have proved to be able to do whatever it takes to stay in power and Kenyans are watching. I know for a fact that he will never have my vote. He also has Mungiki and land issues that can be played against him. I agree that ODM should work to maintain their goal and hopefully we fo back to the polls in 2 years.God delivered Moses and his people after years of bondage when no one thought it was possible. Have faith!!

  7. Maru Kapkatet says:

    THERE ARE SOME JOURNALISTS WHO WERE HOUNDED OUT OF THEIR JOBS THROUGH THREATS TO THEIR LIVES. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTED THIS.

    PLEASE, PM RAILA, HELP THEM TO GET PLACEMENTS.

    MANY THANKS MR. KOFI ANNAN, PRESIDENT KIKWETE, AND ALL THOSE WHO HELPED KENYA IN TIMES OF CRISIS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

    MANY THANKS PM GORDON BROWN, PRESIDENT BUSH, SECRETARY GENERAL BAN-KIN MOON, SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLLEZZA RICE AND THE ENTIRE DIPLOMATIC CORP IN KENYA.

    TO THE DIPLOMATIC CORP IN KENYA, PLEASE DO NOT BE FAR FROM KENYANS. BE READY TO PLACE TRAVEL EMBARGOS ON MINISTERS WHO ARE ITCHING TO STEAL FROM KENYANS AND THOSE WHO TRY TO UNDERMINE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT.

    TO THE MUSEVENIS, MICHUKIS,ROBERT MUGABES, AND MBEKIS OF AFRICA, I TELL THEM THAT THEY ARE OBSTACLES TO THE DEMOCRATIC PROGRESS IN AFRICA BUT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THE UNSTOPPABLE MOVEMENT.

    PM RAILA, YOU SHOULD NOT COMPROMISE ON THIS: CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES THAT ARE BEING USED TO SIPHON OFF MONEY FROM KENYANS. YOU TOLD KENYANS THAT YOU KNOW WHERE THE LOOPHOLES ARE. ACT NOW.

  8. tnk says:

    this is not about satisfaction either for the self or ODM.

    the grand coalition was not the end goal and neither was it a primary objective. it is an unfortunate but necessary compromise (or evil) between utter chaos and subsequent breakdown of kenya or even more corrupt PNU only govt.

    our primary concerns and issues still remain unresolved and untouched todate, but our quest for democratic governance, institutional and constitutional reforms is certainly getting closer and this coalition brings the possibility to within reachable limits as long as ODM remains committed.

    Kudos to Ababu Namwamba for lobbying for coalition opposition, that will ensure that ODM aspirations can remain agenda items in parliament.

    Rafiq, get in touch with me via email if you could spare some time. thanks

  9. Jogoo_Shujaa says:

    @Rafiq & tnk

    I, Raila Amolo Odinga, do swear that I will be faithful to the president of the Republic of Kenya and to serve it with all my heart

    After stating the above words, the music is going to be turned off for now. Never judge events by their face value.

    I thought I was the only one being denied freedom of speech on this blog, sorry rafiq. Some people just don’t appreciate.

    I will move on from here.

  10. tnk says:

    this is reposted from another post made elsewhere

    time for the next step on this hard road back to the future

    i came across the link provided at the end and it gave me hope

    i would urge you to

    whenever possible reach out to those around us still hurting and bitter either from our own doing or from that of others

    strengthen the fighters amongst us pursuing real democracy and justice for all.

    encourage the entrepreneurs and other diligent workers, colleagues, students and many others who are struggling

    revamp and re-energise your/my self to build synergies with those around us/you.

    break down the barriers due to diversity in ethnic, cultural and even political ideology

    help break the vices of crime, corruption and deceit in the “little things” we do and in the gigantic sins of our leaders

    and lets start to build a better nation for ourselves and future generations. let what you see in this site be just a beginning of a brighter future

    http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-51356.0.html

    all credit goes to the guy who captured those images. its a far cry from what is constantly portrayed in western press/media. the sad thing is that this is just one bright spark in the entire nation of kenya

    for those interested there are other pictures depicting the slums, the rot and poverty of Kenya, we will see these time and time again, to remind us why we must work together for the common good of all

    jogoo & rafiq, just to let you know that many of us have been blocked here time and again. we must press on because we are going for a bright future

  11. Mike Okello says:

    Why the Blog when the Game is over?

    Why the Cheering squad when the team is one,

    Who Cheer who?

    Or should we get another busybodying blogging activity like the all time sycophant Ababu Namwaba who after sacrificing his integrity and manners worshiped Raila as a god, embarassed himself, his family, His classmates (I included), and his leader Raila, during the swearing in Ceremony, and then after all that, when the Bull is over, after attempting to take the Bull by the Horns, He is left holding the Horns!

    A disillusioned Ababu has to seek cheap publicity no matter what?

    Let us give this cabinet a benefit of doubt.

  12. Jane says:

    Maru & others waiting for RAO to find jobs for the journalists.

    Any reason why the hounded journalists should not use their qualifications and competences to get themselves jobs like any other Kenyan, even if it means out of the country ?.

    RAO’s first priority was to get jobs for all his close friends in ODM the pentagon. That was easy because its RAO who was running the show. Next was to get a job for his blood brother, Hon Oburu. That was easy as well because its RAO who was running the show.

    Next will be to get jobs for his other blood brothers. Abit challenging as RAO will be using his influence that time round.

    Next is to get jobs for his kids. Next his extended family, next his villagers, Next….

    By the time the turn for journalists come, RAO will be old and out of confrontational politics.

    The electorate must understand, politics is ME first . Everybody else comes later or never.

    Did any journalist dare risk their jobs because of politicians?. That would have been their biggest blunder in life. Nobody should repeat that.

    For now, from MPS to electorate its see you after 4.5 years.

    For the ministers, its wait and see.

  13. Maru Kapkatet says:

    Was Hon. Mudavadi sworn in without any Book? Kenya is a nation of prayer. Kenya has Christians, Muslims, and Hindus. They are sworn in on their Books.

    It is odd that the DMP was sworn in without the Bible or other Book. During times of crisis, Kenyans pray. Indeed Kenyans pray always.

    While I respect the freedom of religion and worship, as a voter, I will find it hard to vote for someone who does not believe in God.

    Kenya has been held together by the grace of God. Let us trust in Him.

  14. jaugenya says:

    MAru
    Do not misrepresent facts just for the sake of it.Hon Mudavadi is a quacker and this is a christrian faith that believes in God and jesus just like you, only their practices may differ, please do not impose your sect on others , show me one scripture in the holy book that say we should swear while holding a bible.In any case we have muderers and thieves swearing on the same bible , so please cut the crap and save us the irresponsible remarks.

  15. Railkamuodho says:

    Maru,
    Please do not missunderstand our future president in waiting and our Kenyan gentleman. Those who do not swear by the BIBLE do so because of reverence for the holy writ.
    Turning to Mungiki and other terror gangs, the new government should take up her position and deal with this human crisis once and for all. A government that does not protect her people is not worthy to be in power. And Mungiki and SLDF are not invicible gods, they need to be confronted head on.
    The solution to this crisis is both military and social, otherwise the police will be running a losing and embarassing war. Where is Kenya’s intelligent force? Most of these guys are tribal and lazy. We need a new force in the style of American or Israeli intellingent forces.

  16. Maru Kapkatet says:

    IS ODM BEING SHORT-CHANGED AND IS ODM DISCRIMINATING?

    All portfolios in the grand coalition Cabinet are ok except the Ministry of Finance. Am I reading mischief on the part of President Kibaki and Amos Kimunya when only one assistant minister, who is not even schooled in the art of finance, was appointed?

    Is PM Raila satisfied with the ministerial appointments at the ministry of finance. The minsiter for finance is Amos Kimunya. I do not trust him. In Kimunya, I see nothing but greed and tribalism.

    PM Raila is obligated to ensure that the entire nation of Kenya is well-represented in the ministry of finance and that it is not left to one ethnic group to dominate it.

    The current permanent secretary in the ministry of finance is Mr. Joseph Kinyua. I like him. He has served Kenya well over the years and has not been affected by scandals or has he? I see Mr. Kinyua as the Alan Greenspan of the Kenyan economy. I hope he continues to serve as the PS for Treasury.

    The current governor of central bank of Kenya is Prof. Ndung’u. He has not been on the job for long but from what I hear, he is going about his job in a professional manner. The employees, I am told, like him. There is no reason why all Kenyans should not support him to continue serving as the governor. If someone is doing a good job, then let them serve their country.

    The minister for finance is a completely different story and it will not be long before PM Raila learned a thing or two about being shut out of the ministry.

    If ODM, which represents the majority of Kenyans, cannot be well-represented in the ministry of finance, then things are not going to be ok. PM Raila may have been misled into thinking that as PM, he will still have oversight over this important ministry but this cannot be realistically possible.

    There is so much on PM Raila’s plate that he cannot be able to follow the goings-on in the ministry of finance effectively. Hon. Oburu Odinga is not schooled in the matters of finance and will be overwhelmed to the extent that he will not be effective in the ministry of finance.

    I am asking PM Raila and President Kibaki to correct the glaring anomaly in the ministry of finance. ODM and by extension the majority of Kenyans have to be well-represented in the ministry of finance. ODM has a very experienced individual in matters of finance and economy. That individual is Hon. Chris Okemo.

    I request Hon. Okemo to humble himself for the sake of Kenya and accept to serve as the assistant minister for finance. PM Raila has to prevail on Kibaki to appoint another assistant minister from ODM for the ministry of finance. It is now or never that justice has to be done and seen to be done in the ministry of finance. It cannot be dominated by one ethnic group. In my view, PS Kinyua and Governor Ndung’u should continue to serve in their positions.

    For ODM not to be outnumbered and outmuscled in the ministry of finance, there has to be another assistant minister experienced in matters of money and economics.

    In the internal security and provincial administration, ODM is well-represented as there are two assistant ministers from ODM.

    The economic secretary in the ministry of finance should also come from ODM.

    The two assistant ministers in the ministry of finance should be allocated duties as follows: one to handle internal financial affairs and the other to handle external financial affairs, central bank affairs, and economy affairs. Mr. Chris Okemo is the right candidate to serve as the assistant minister for external financial affairs.

    Talking of assistant ministers, there have been complaints in the past that assistant ministers are under-utilized. PM Raila has to devise ways of sharing the load between the minister and assistant minister(s). The PM should also devise a way of measuring how the load is actually shared.

    The PM may need to make a simple chart that the PS in each ministry could complete and submit to the PMs’ office every month. The chart could have four columns with one column heading being Name of Policy/Project/Job. The heading of the second colum could be Amount/Budget/Disbursement while the heading of the third column could be Approved By while the fourth column could be Authorized By.

    This chart will give the PM a quick visual indication of how the load is being shared. The ministry of agriculture, for example, has two assistant ministers. One assistant minister is in charge of production while the other is mainly in charge of marketing. It is good to know how much responsibility each assistant minister undertakes.

    The ministry of agriculture has got to have three assistant ministers. The third assistant minister should be in charge of food. In agriculture, you grow and harvest crops. Then you store or market those crops. There is a third and final leg of this process – putting food on the table.

    There has got to be a third assistant minister to be ion charge of food and indeed food security, which should be defined as food availability and affordability. A nation can be termed as food-secure if that nation has enough food at affordable prices for her residents.

    What happens when rains fail and the crops die? Both assistant ministers will have no work. There should be a third assistant minister taking care of business of putting food on the table evn when crops fail.

    I will campaign to have Prof. Kamar appointed the asisstant minister for food or food security in the ministry olf agriculture. Why did ODM leave her out of ministerial appointments? She is a woman and has lot of experience as a member of the the East African Community “Parliament” and as a long-time teacher and administrator in the university.

    I hope that the ODM leadership did not leave her out because of family considerations. It would be discrimination of the first order if this was so. If Prof. Kamar was tpo be appointed an assistant minister and she should, then there will only be one elected woman MP not serving in the Cabinet. The ODM leadership has to get her to the Cabinet as well.

    Women in Kenya are still trying to break into the male-dominated arena of elective politics. They have to be encouraged. It is a shame that in a bloated Cabinet of 42 ministers, less than a third of women were appointed as ministers and assistant ministers.

    ON DPM AND OATH-TAKING, I AM ONLY TRYING TO GET HIM BATTLE-READY. MUDAVADI HAS TO BE ON HOT STANDBY AND BE READY TO VIE FOR THE PRESIDENCY ANYTIME. YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR ENEMIES WEAPONS TO FIGHT YOU. I KNOW MUDAVADI GOES TO CHURCH. I KNOW MZEE MOSES ALSO USED TO GO AN WAS PROBABLY A QUAKER IN THE OLDEN DAYS.

  17. Railkamuodho says:

    Maru,
    Can you stop talking about the Cabinet at least for the time being. I feel this cabinet is a shame to Kenya but we have to accept it anyway. By the way RAO, like Moi is the only person who can talk Mungiki out of the murder spree. I can assure you that the PM is the only guy in Kenya today who understands the politics and the life the common man. I know that most of us have desagreed with him from central province (including halfs like me). But remember this for a moment; in 2002 he teamed with Saitoti and Kamotho and delivered the presidency, in 2005, he teamed with Uhuru Kenyatta and the young Turks to defeat the Wako draft. There is no doubt about Raila’s ability to mobilize a nation around a course. For now I see Central Province slowly turning their attention to Agwambo. The nation is watching very closely to see our second PM deliver promises to Kenya. We surely need a very new constitution. Our priority is resettling the IDPs so that we can have enough food for our nation. And may RAO start this task very quickly.

  18. Railkamuodho says:

    Kericho and Bomet people feel that they did not get attention even after delivering the votes to ODM and now are re-thinking ODM. I told you that the best home for the Kales is KANU and their leaders are waiting to re-accomodate them. Moi will soon start going round to re-register them back to their party. I wish him well.
    Since heaven was promised during the elections, may the minister and MPs get down to work. Let them stop complaining and start delivering. You do not have to be a minister in ordr to deliver.

  19. tnk says:

    Railka @ 9:41

    good insight. comes a little late. this is what we’ve been saying here for so long. whereas it appears that you now share our view point, what i dont get is why the about-face, and why so late? i’m not necessarily seeking your response, but rather pointing out that the damage has been done, and the consequences rather painful and heavy. if you are truly sincere in that observation, then its indeed a tragedy and could have been avoided. i’ll leave it at that and hope we can all move on.

  20. Maru Kapkatet says:

    WAS RAILA DUPED BY KIBAKI OR ARE THEY COLLUDING TO RIP OFF KENYANS?

    1. Why was only one assistant minister appointed in the ministry of finance and yet this ministry is the mother of all ministries? There are many smaller ministries that have two assistant ministers. Why not the ministry of finance?

    2. Why was Dr. Oburu Odinga, a medical doctor by profession, appointed the assistant minister and not Mr. Chris Okemo, an economist and former finance minister?

    3. Raila suggested, after the Cabinet was announced, that they (he and Kibaki) thought that Mr. Chris Okemo would turn down an appointment as an assistant minister because he was too senior for it after having served as finance minister and energy minister. The operative words here are that “we thought”. Who is the actual person who suggested that Mr. Chris Okemo may be “too senior to accept an assistant mininesterial position”?

    The answer to the first question is greed and theft. For Kibaki and Kimunya, it is easier to hide things from one man than from two or more.

    The answer to the second question is that Dr. Oburu Odinga is not ready-to-go and with one year learning curve to get a handle on things, Kibaki, Kimunya, and Associates will have successfully pulled off a thousand and one Anglo Leasings. This is the reason why Hon. Chris Okemo was left out.

    I doubt whether or not Raila called up Mr. Chris Okemo to confirm with him if he would accept to serve as an assistant minister for finance. I believe that the “we thought” words were actually Kibaki’s.

    CONCLUSION: Either Kibaki was several steps ahead of Raila and knew that he had to stop Mr. Chris Okemo from entering the Treasury or Kibaki and Raila agreed to shut out Hon. Okemo from the Treasury so that thye can eat in peace.

    PLAN OF ACTION: Kenyans should not accept one ethnic group dominating the Treasury and should not accept to be swindled by Kibaki and associates. Kenyans should write to the World Bank, The EU, the USA and British goverments and indeed other european governments and international donors to alert them that they may be funding one ethnic group or Kibaki and his associates.

    Kenyans should demand that the donors withold funds unless and until a proper representation of all Kenyans has been effected at the Treasury.

    Kibaki is an old man but he is proving to be a skillful thief. He may be planning to revive Nationwide Finance and have Equity Bank overtake the Barclays Bank of Kenya before he leaves politics. Kibaki and associates may be seeing the sad situation that many Kenyn victims of election violence are in as a great opportunity to get funds from donors.

    Kibaki may have suggested to Rail to have his brother serve as assistant minister for finance knowing very well that Dr. Oburu was not ready-to-go.

    It is impossible to build a country when the government is headed by thieves looking for every loophole to pocket donor funds.

    The World Bank, EU, American and British governments and other governments and agencies have a moral duty to help build a united Kenya and should not be duped into funding one ethnic group at the expense of other Kenyans.

    By refusing to appoint more than one assistant minister and the right people and by populating Treasury with his kinsmen, Mwai Kibaki is showing the world that he is a thief. He steals elections. He steals from the bereaved. he steals from his country.

  21. Railkamuodho says:

    TNK,
    I have never disagreed with you about Raila. In fact I have always exonorated him froma ccusations about the tribal clashes. However, I disagreed with his cronies who masterminded the displacement of people from their homes. I also abhored the retaliatory killings by Mungiki in Naivasha and Nakuru. I have always stood with Raila, Mudavadi and Nyongo. The other politicians have been organizing murders and now that they have ministries, I want to see them get to work and stop endless politics. But the truth must be told and hate speech and tribalism made a crime. All our ministers and MPs must be forced to accomodate other tribes in their offices!
    If you read majority of the bloggs you have been branding tribal, it is about me fighting for the resettlement of IDPs. I have not talked much about politics. Can you see Maru and his insistence that Kimunya is there to steal for Kibaki? And that Oburu Odinga is not qualified in finance ministry? How was he able to chair the parliamentary finance committee if he is so dumb? That is why I always ask, why do ODMers think they have monopoly of ideas and truth.
    Lastly, the present political arrangement is not based on any of our past radical beliefs. This is a new political era. It was born out of two statesmen- Raila Odinga and Mwai Kibaki and history will treat the two kindly if they sustain their unity. I said before, when the two are locked in a room without their sycophants, they deliver political miracles.

  22. Maru Kapkatet says:

    ARE WE SEEING POLITICS OF HATE, REVENGE, AND NEPOTISM IN ODM?

    WHY WERE HON. CHRIS OKEMO AND PROF. KAMAR LEFT OUT OF THE CABINET?

    At one time, President Moi appointed for some ministries two full Cabinet ministers. They were referred to, in some cycles, as co-ministers or “sister ministers”.

    Mr. Raila Odinga’s ministry of energy was one of the ministries that had sister ministers. Mr. Raila Odinga and Hon. Chris Okemo both served as sister ministers in the ministry of enery.

    In 2003, the Head of Civil Service was fired from her job. The story at that time was that Mr. Raila Odinga was one of the architects behind the sacking of Dr. Sally Kosgei from the civil service. Apparently, Mr. Raila Odinga was retaliating against Dr. Sally Kosgei for targetting his mnistry of energy as among the ministries to have sister ministers.

    Of course, Mr. Kiraitu Murungi and Mr. Francis Muthaura completed the antics of Dr. Sally Kosgei’s firing by stuffing KSh. 500,000 (being her payout or pension) into an enevelope and throwing the envelope over the gate into her compound.

    Today, Dr. Sally Kosgei is one of the top 1% premier leaders in Kenya. She is a key player in ODM and in the government and a strong supporter of Mr. Raila Odinga. She was a key player in the Kofi Annan mediation talks. This is good for Kenya.It is good for ODM.

    But what about Hon. Chris Okemo and Prof. Kamar? Mr. Chris Okemo served in the ministry of energy together with Mr. Raila Odinga as sister ministers. It is possible that Mr. Okemo may have taken up more responsbilities in running the ministry and Mr. Raila Odinga was not happy about it.

    Could it be possible then that Mr. Raila Odinga is still holding a grudge against Hon. Chris Okemo since their days as sister ministers in the ministry of energy? Was the experienced Hon. Chris Okemo excluded from the Cabinet out of revenge? Could the grudge against Mr. Nicholas Biwott have led to Prof. Kamar being excluded from the Cabinet?

    It is only Hon. Chris Okemo that has questioned some of Kibaki’s actions including their method of calculating annual growth. According to Hon. Chris Okemo, they used to calculate it differently during Moi’s presidency.

    Mr. Chris Okemo together with Hon. Musalia Mudavadi, and Hon. Chris Obure could have given Kenya a needed dimenison to issues of finance and economy. With Mudavadi and Obure being busy in their own portfolios, the ODM leadership should have gone out of their way to persuade Hon. Chris Okemo to show humility for the sake of Kenya and accept to become an assistant minister for finanace.

    What about Prof. Kamar? She sacrificed so much including family for the sake of ODM and Hon. Raila Odinga. Why was she left out? There is no other conceivable reason why a woman MP (and women MPs are hard to come by in Kenya) and a very experienced administrator and legislator at that was excluded from a bloated Cabinet of 42 minsiters and over 50 assistant ministers.

    Are we seeing a vengeful side of Mr. Raila Odinga? Are we not too far removed from the truth, then, if we assume that had Mr. Raila Odinga been sworn in as president of Kenya on December 31, 2007, Mzee Moi would have welcomed the new year of 2008 in GK Prison, Shimo La Tewa?

  23. tnk says:

    railka

    well said

    and like you pointed out sometime before, that it will not be possible for all ethnic or otherwise professionally qualified MPs to be included in cabinet otherwise in my opinion we would be looking at a almost 150 ministers and assistant ministers. the flip side of that coin is when we expect a cabinet with no more than 24 ministries as opposed to the current 40 and yet these are not sufficient to go round, how exactly do we expect the distribution of posts and what happens if the prefered method of distribution then results in a heavily skewed distribution? my point is i think that whereas maru may or may not be right, its a paradoxical position and we need to continue to pursue answers. as you remember my saying so a while back and i think you and i concur, none has monopoly of knowledge and we need to actively pursue solutions for all the challenges we face today and in future.

  24. Railkamuodho says:

    Maru,
    Can we stop talking about this animal for a moment and concentrate on delivering the reforms to the Kenyan people. I am so sure that Kibaki and Raila knew that they had to calculate a regional balance even if it meant that some qualified person would be left out. Again, when it comes to ministries, assistant ministers are not there to steal secrets and pass on to their parties. If there is a problem in any ministry, the PM will be able to sort it out before it gets to the head of state. This arrangement will mean that there is no one ministry which is closed to the PM including Finance.
    Put this thing to rest and wait and see how these guys go about their work. As I said earlier, Raila Odinga is not static in any one party and you would be suprised if another coalition is in the making. If those who sing aloud do not deliver as promised, they will be shown the door.

  25. Horesia says:

    Clarification:

    Dr. Oburu Odinga is not a medical doctor, he is an economist and was a career civil servant in the Ministry of Finance, Central Bureau of Statistics before moving to politics. But I do agree with Maru that Mr Okemo by virtue of having served previously as a Minister in that ministry was more qualified to take the assistant minister’s slot. And I believe there are many more qualified people left out there. But again they are the appointing authorities and they will face the consequences, if the misters don’t deliver. If it were me I would have come up with a slightly different line up, unfortunately I am neither the president nor the prime minister.

    I now support the idea that ministers should not be appointed from amongst the members of parliament and their number should be limited to 24-25 drawn from Kenyans of high repute and endorsed by parliament. If the MPs are not happy with the nominations they can veto it. Otherwise at this rate every mp wants to be a minister.

  26. Railkamuodho says:

    TNK,
    I suggested that instead of one tribe producing more than one minister, we should at least have a minister from each of our 42 ethinic groups if they are in parliament. I said that each tribe has a qualified person if you look at it well. Let us wait for the civil service appointments.

  27. Abok says:

    33% of the women MP’s are Ministers, 39% are assistant ministers, in total 72% of all women MP’s are either ministers or assistant ministers, thats more than 50% of them. They may not be 50% of the cabinet but they are more than half of those that Kenyans elected. Now Women cannot expecte half of the cabinet to be women when the total number of women is only 8% of all MPS. so having 72% of all the women MP’s as ministers is enough for now, case closed.

    Secondly, it has already been said that the cabinet was extremely bloated, but Kenyans had to accept it coz these are extra ordinary time. Now the grumbling voices just amaze me, if all were to grumble so that each of their community is to be in the cabinet, what size of a cabinet would we have. I findi t unreasonable to spend all their time at the complaints door. Here I see people who were used to goodies (read Franklin), but now cannot get it. Anyway, the practice of ethnic appointment of public servants (read ministers/asistants ect) should stop, but rather we shaould demand service from those appointed. I thought this is what ODM stood for even prior to elections and I would expect the grumbling MPs demand this from those appointed. Those appointed may not be better than those out there, but for the sake of recovery of Kenya, they are now in offices. No single communit may be satisfied with the appointments, but Kenya is bugger than any of us, so let the grumbling MP’s demand service from government to reach their people, while they serve their constituents effectively through the tools available to them e.g. CDF etc. Let the delivery of service to the mwananchi be of priority to personal gain of being a minister, what would it benefit one to be a minister of a ministry that was the smallest department just to please oneself that you are a minister. Ok, enough said, MP’s get to work.

    On Mungiki, socialisation is the key to solving their problem, however, those who are proved to have engaged in illegal activities e.g. killings, extorsion etc must apprehended and made to face the law. Let the gava talk to them if that will guarantee Kenyan’s the peace we deserve to continue with normal business.

  28. Maru Kapkatet says:

    The Kipsigis should not complain about Cabinet positions. I will never support the Bureti MP for a Cabinet post. He is a self-serving man. He was elected MP not because of what he has done for the people of Bureti ( and there is not much he has done) but for Mr. Raila Odinga.

    The Nandis have Mr. Henry Kosgei as Chairman of ODM, Mr. William Ruto as Pentagon member, and my heroine, Dr. Sally Kosgei as the key negotiator in the Kofi Annan talks. They could not have missed appointments as ministers.

    I do not know much about the Konoin MP. The Kipsigis MPs should not incite the people against Mr. Raila Odinga. Instead, they should petition Mr. Raila to have more senior public service and diplomats appointed from amongst them.

    All Kalenjins should fight for Dr. Margret Kamar to be appointed assistant minister. With other ODM MPs, the Kipsigis MPs should also fight for Hon. Chris Okemo to be appointed assistant ministerf for finance if the bereaved Kipsigis and other Kalenjins are to have any hopes of benefitig from donor funds.

  29. tnk says:

    list of PS appointments can be found here

    http://www.communication.go.ke/media.asp?id=559&media_type=2

    looks like same old faces. there surely will not be any change coming anytime soon

  30. tnk says:

    Finally

    the first action plan from ODM minister

    http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Local/Public-land-allocations-suspended.html

    kudos to hon. orengo, hope you can follow up and tackle this monster of a problem.

  31. Jane says:

    ODMers, and the electorate, all you need to realise is that RAO has ‘ reached, amefika’ for now. With a big title, big car, big salary. Even if it were you, what else would you fight for. Everybody and anything else can come later or never.

    The ODMers, the electorate and all those who banked on those promises of niceties and a paradise could save their blood pressure level by putting aside the damn politics and concentrating on what could put a meal on their tables otherwise you die of hunger and debts and RAO will only come to bid you farewell and say pole to your family.That’s it.

  32. Railkamuodho says:

    Bureti MP and the Kalenjin MPs say that IDPs should not be resettled in their land because of the Kenyatta injustices. I said before here that the Kalenjin leaders instigated the clashes and then branded it “spontaneous reaction”. It is now clear as day that they do not want people to go back to their land and that is evil.
    I had earlier suggested that Kalenjin living in the south Rift from Kipkelion and down should give up their land and occupy the land in the north and the Kikuyus to move south. Central province would then have its border moved to Burn Forest. I also suggest that all kalenjin in Transmara and Narok South vacate the land if they believe that Kikuyus and Kisiis should not go back to their land. They are encroching on Masain land in Narok South but want to move others from RV. Why this double standard?
    I also insist that the government go ahead and resettle the IDPs and then address future issues of land. A government cannot be held at ransom by power hungry elites who will do and say anything to get to power. If they do not go ahead and resettle my people, then they have every right to organize themselves and defend theri land rights.

  33. Maru Kapkatet says:

    LET US KNOW:

    Secretary Muia, Minister of National Planning and Vision 2030, please publish on the internet a documentation on Vision 2030. Demystify this animal called Vision 2030 for the Kenyan public.

    What are Vision 2030 yearly, three-yearly, five-yearly, ten-yearly and 2030 goals?

    Also publish the achievements gained so far on Vision 2030. What is the working relationship between Vision 2030 and NESC?

    Regarding PS for PPS, how is the position justified knowing that PPS is only a small unit covering the president? Could the PS of PPS be assigned the duty of collecting quarterly or annual reports from all PSs and making an executive summary report on goals and achievements for the quarter or year for the president and general public?

    If this is too much and would best be done by some other PS, how about the PS for PPS producing regular reports on progress of presidential directives.

    President Kibaki, last year, established a branch of Mombasa Port in Garissa. The president also announced that the Ramisi sugar factory in Kwale would be build/renovated/expanded/modernized and that the government had set aside billions of shillings for the project.

    Could the PS of PPS publish progress reports on these projects separate from those of the ministries of transport and agriculture since these were direct presidential pronouncements.

    WITH REGARD TO APPOINTMENTS, KENYANS SHOULD CLOSE THE CHAPTER AND MOVE ONTO BUILDING KENYA. EVERY KENYAN, IRRESPECTIVE OF AGE, RACE, TRIBE, OR GENDER, HAS A RIGHT TO SERVE HIS/HER COUNTRY.

    I take pride that though I have no government appointment or salary, I have invested my time to contribute towards building Kenya for the last twenty years or so. Today, there are some first-class institutions in Kenya for which I can rightly claim ownership of getting them established.

    I have contributed ideas to help build Kenya and as long as I have an opportunity to do so, I will never shy away from it.

    You do not have to be a minister, assistant minister, or PS to help build Kenya. There are a variety of ways that Kenyans in every corner of the world can contribute towards building Kenya. The internet is a wonderful tool that will enable all Kenyans everywhere to contribute towards building Kenya.

    Elections come. You disagree, you fight but a time will come when you have to rest the fights and move onto other productive things.

    I only know three MPs and one PS in Kenya personally. The rest, I have neither met them nor spoken to them. I follow their work and if I like it, I support them even if I do not know them personally.

  34. kip says:

    My favorite saying that a man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. The person, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and ultimately becomes nothing!

    Raila. Now that you are prime Minister …Please remember You don’t have to be a head of a country to transform a country or a continent.

    Martin Luther King wasn’t one

    Mahatma Gadhi wasn’t one
    Nelson Mandela transformed south Africa from prison as a prisoner

    READ more here….

    http://mweusi.wordpress.com/2008/04/21/the-writing-is-on-the-wall/

  35. charles says:

    @maru
    lets not read too much about mudavadi not being sworn in without a bible.am a Quaker and DPM he belongs to Quakers (Friends Church).we dont swear using Holy Books.becauce we believe in what we say…

  36. Maru Kapkatet says:

    Thanks, Charles, for the info. And talking of Mudavadi, Kenyans should be actively exploring the next best ticket for Kenya. The reason why I talked about Mudavadi’s swearing-in is that I would like to see Mudavadi on hot standby and ready to take on Raila or Uhuru for the presidency.

    Is a Mudavadi-Uhuru-Ruto or Uhuru-Mudavadi-Ruto ticket a better option than a Raila-Mudavadi-Uhuru or Raila-Uhuru-Mudavadi or Raila-Mudavadi-Ruto ticket?

    There is no way Uhuru will be discounted from a new leadership dispensation and have an effective government in Kenya. Central Province is a key constituency in Kenyan politics.

    Right before my eyes, I saw this image and it was scary. Is Raila really the leader we thought he was?

    I am worried. If he is putting nepotism and revenge ahead of expertise and experince, then Kenyans have to explore other leadership options right now.

  37. Maru Kapkatet says:

    KENYA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT

    The Chinese ship carrying weapons and ammunition for Zimbabwe was refused to dock in any of the South African ports.

    There has been speculation that the Chinese ship may be headed for Mombasa and may actually have docked or is waiting off the Kenya navy facilities in Mtongwe to enter port and offload its cargo.

    The cargo of weapons and ammunitions will then be flown from Moi international airport to Harare.

  38. Anon says:

    What was the point of announcing “new” PS’s??????????????? Why is Muthaura still there??

  39. tnk says:

    Anon

    PNU rubbing it in our faces, i.e status quo. But thats ok, we are in this for the long haul

  40. tnk says:

    another PNU gimmick

    http://www.eastandard.net/news/?id=1143985302&cid=4

    collective responsibility is what lead to attempts to cover up Anglo leasing and other scandals. Ministers should carry their own cross. And especially those responsible for chaos, this is a craft way for some ministers and even the president, VP and others to leverage and worm their way back into good books.

    This is a transitional govt, with the sole purpose to provide institutional and constitutional reforms and to speed up the resolution of issues around the IDPs and resettlement process and guarantee peace as well restoration of democratic practices. It is not for business as usual.

  41. Maru Kapkatet says:

    Mwai Kibaki is in a hurry to go to Rift Valley and “re-concile” and “re-settle his people”. All people living in squalid conditions need to be resettled as a matter of priority but it is not Kibaki to oversee it. There are many other respectable Kenyans who can do the job speedily and to the satisfaction of all involved.

    To Kalenjins, Kibaki is a “chorintet”, a thief, and a “rumintet”, a killer. Who will listen to him then? No Kalenjin has the slightest shred of respect for Kibaki. There have been some murmurs that if Kibaki came for a meeting with Kalenjin people, they will welcome him with

    If Kibaki is planning to use force (military, police, and mungiki) to illegally evict Kalenjins to create room for his people, then he will be entrenching a conflict similar to the Israeli-Palestinian one that will last for centuries to come. Land issues are best resolved by talking. Kalenjins and Kikuyus are capable of living together in peace as they have been for many years.

    The way I see it, the government should leave the resettlement issue to Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta (a much better leader and pacifier than Kibaki), Mr. Musalia Mudavadi, and Mr. William Ruto who should take on Prof. Wangari Mathai and Lt. Gen. Sumbeiywo to form the reconciliation and resettlement council.

    Mwai Kibaki should keep off post-election conflicts since he created them in the first place. Kenyans are not fools. They know what happened.

    It is quite obvious that Kalenjins are parting ways with Raila speedily and this process of divorce, in my forecast, will be complete before the end of this year.

    Any new killings of Kalenjins by security forces will be blamed on both Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga. Many Kalenjins are bitter because theirs make the largest percentage of the 1,500 Kenyans who died so that Kibaki can continue to rule.

    Any new deaths will be blamed on both Raila and Kibaki.

    As I look back at what Mzee Moi said in 2002, I wish Kenyans had listened to him and elected Uhuru president and Musalia Mudavadi, VP. If only Kenyans had listned to Mzee Moi, the 1,500 Kenyans who have been put out of service would be working the farms or walking the streets of Kenyan towns today.

    Can Kenyans look back at what Mzee said and try to seize the opportunity that they have now to have Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr. Musalia Mudavadi, and Mr. William Ruto play a greater role in the leadership of Kenya.

    Both Kibaki and Raila are bankrupt leaders. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, last December, told the evictees from Mau Forest to go back to their farms. Mwai Kibaki is now making a fool of Uhuru and creating enmity between the evictees and Uhuru out of revenge for being rejected in the elections.

    Mwai Kibaki, you have nothing to offer Kenyans. Let Uhuru and the younger leaders play a greater role in promoting justice and unity to Kenya.

  42. Duncan says:

    I dont think the issue of idps and land should be treated as hurriedly as serikali is attempting.in my opinion it is an attempt at sweeping things under the carpet,with the help of the PM.I am very apprehensive about this turn of events.
    I also hope that this resettlement thing includes those who were evicted and displaced in central province.I do not hear any moves in that direction.the implication is that PM will be used by the establishment he is trying to entrench himself in.
    Perhaps I am not seeing the bigger picture…..

    agent for change,your threads and topics are not concurrent with the changes in the arena.Whats happening!!!

  43. Railkamuodho says:

    Maru,
    While I agree with you that long lasting solutions to problems facing Kenya be found particularly with regard to land, I find is unfortunate that you should advocate for slow resettling of people who have been living in inhuman conditions. Secondly, stop pretending that this is the first land crisis. The land crisis began in 1920s when Mau Mau and other African groups started fighting Mbeberu for land.
    Now, those people who are living in camps need to go back to their land and plant food
    to avoid the looming hunger. Then we can solve those deep seated issues in about one year. We all want this thing settled once and for all.
    On the issue of how you Kalenjin regard Kibaki, it really does not matter. After all you treated Moi in the same way and he survived. Now you must be paying for disrespecting Mzee and have to ask for his forgiveness. As for the Kikuyus, never, never, never expect them to treat their elders like you did to Moi. Infact we will wait for one more week and hear what the South Rift leaders have to say and then we move one with resettlement. I told you before, this time all tribes will be ready to defend their rights to life and liberty. You will not suprise us any more. And by the way, the way these MPs are reluctant to allow back the IDPs is a clear manifestition that they indeed organized these killings. Why does it become so hard to allow us back to our land? IKO KITU

  44. Sam Ochola says:

    Hon Raila should NOT allow himself to be used by GEMA bandits to return to Rift Valley. Let Kibaki and cohorts carry their own cross with respect to IDPs. I fully concur with the position of the Kalenjin MPs who have opposed the scheme. The root cause of land conflict must be addressed.
    I warn our PM to tread carefully this path. Kibaki must first address the grievances of R/Valley residents.
    1) Re-distribution of public service appointments to reflect the face of the nation as per the power-sharing accord. He continues to defy this logic and play the old game of gemanization of national cake

    2) Immediate release of all Kalenjin youths arrested/detained in the wake of civil war occasioned by stolen election. End to selective investigation, harassement and prosecution of ODM/resistance activists in RV and elsewhere. Bogus cases like that of Mzee Jackson Kibor mus cease

    3) End to police brutality in Mount Elgon
    4) Inquiry into police/mungiki killings in RV, Kisumu, Kibera and other parts of the country in the Jan & Feb
    5) Immediate disbandment of Kivuitu & Kihara Mutu electoral commision. This is prerequiste for the impeding by-elections

    Arap Mibei , don’t let these thieves use you. Let them face their victims directly and show cause why their kins should be returned to RV. Lesotho is big enough for all ithe descendants and I don’t see why they must encroach other peoples territory for free.
    We ODM’ers offer our passive support for the GRAND COALITION for the sake of peace. But we know whom we’re dealing with. Kwa hivyo bado mapambano.

  45. Abok says:

    The issue of IDP’s and matters surrounding their circumstances is not being addressed wholistically. We agree the condition they are living in is not good, however, the matter of those who suffered the consequences of the Dec 27 elections must be addressed in whole. The IDP’s in camps are not the only ones who were affected, how about those who lost their jobs (livelihoods for that matter) because the places they were staying in became inhabitable, are they going to be compensated, how about those who lost their loved ones, is it just blood in the drain. Kibaki caused this mess and he needs to clean in up yote siyo kuchagua pahali pa ku clean na awache pande ingine. Or this is an extension of the hegenomy that has existed ever since. RAO needs to be careful lest he will be used to clean the mess hence become messy himself. Tread carefully bro or better demand for the redress for all, not just those in camps.

  46. pato says:

    poor wretched souls, Its not enough that you rape and kill them, you want to use them as pawns to get ministerial positions?

    on the issue of IDPs, why not have justice for all of them? why not return everything that everyone lost? wehther in kiambu or eldoret?

    why not bring all murderers to justice whether in eldoret or naivasha

    hy does justice have to be selective?

    for you who pawn on the misery and pain of others, do not forget that the widows and the Oprhans have He who watches over them. He who is mightier than your mungikis and your kalenjin warriors. He who extends justice not for one but 3 generations.

    May He see you even as you gloat over the suffering of innocent souls.

  47. tnk says:

    it is insane and immature for the MPs who want cabinet positions to further bloat an already bloated cabinet, to use the issue of IDPs as a bargain tool. its equally immature to want to be included because of tribal issues. what they need to prove or demonstrate is that the current cabinet as constituted either singly or as a whole will conspire to deny their region from benefiting from govt resources and point out specifically the resources and methods or types they believe the denial will be evidenced. they supported ODM in order to usher in much needed change and not to be rewarded with cabinet positions which is a retrogressive management style initiated by Kenyatta, perfected by Moi and now Kibaki delightfully, unashamedly and lavishly swims in it (40 ministries, 94 positions + 40 PS’s and 40 undersecretaries). between them they spend in 1 week enough to shelter, feed and clothe all the IDPs for a month.

    I would like to call on the likes of Ababu, Orengo, Prof PAN and others to pursue the agenda for change and ensure that in this small window of opportunity that as many of the reforms are enacted. Already I see MPs agreed and passed a bill to have a single document to be used as identification and also for voting. What is not clear is how this affects polling station registration and what happens if someone relocates to a different area. But these are details and easily solved with higher application of IT which the ECK turned down.

    At this point in time, RAO’s game plan is not clear and he appears to be cornered such that the flak meant for Kibaki certainly hits him as well. He is being blamed for a bloated cabinet, skewed appointments, etc and yet ODM had pressed for a lean cabinet, dissolution of cabinet and reconstitution but all that appears to be forgotten.

    kibaki and his PNU outfit are still playing games with the lives of kenyans and the sooner a vote of no confidence is passed on him the better off the country will be.

  48. rafiq says:

    Hope this entry succeeds!

    Its hard to imagine what the IDPs are going through. They ned to return home. However there are others taking adavantage of the situation to continue living there.

    This is where RAO is tunnel visioned. he was used to gring down the Kalenjin houses in the by passes and even sacked Luo judges. By the time he was done it was time to push him out. this is the time to be careful. He should also know that had it not been for the resilience of the kalenjin his LUo could have been masacred eternally.

    So he owes it to the Kaleos no matter what to please them. I hope he doesnt blunder this time.

    But as soon as the greenlight is given to the IDS to retun the political prisoners should be freed. Otherwise I doubt the IDPs will return peacefully.

  49. Jane says:

    ODMers,

    RAO is facing embarrassement and under pressure from the international community to have all people forcefully removed from their homes in his former ODM stronghold of Rift Valley returned and resettled back.

    RAO must also toe the line because any domo domo can easily land him to treason charges.

    Several donors have halted development projects in Rift Valley because they are not amused by the whole issue of destruction of lives and property in Rift Valley.

    The agriculture minister is under pressure to generate enough food. Farmers are in camps and some of their machines destroyed.

    To RAO and agriculture minister from both international community and PNU , “sort out the mess created by your ODM supporters”

    Some people remember former President Moi with lots of nostalgia. When this professor of politics asked a group people ” ODM ni nini?”. Nobody responded. You possibly have an answer by now.

  50. Anon says:

    I have said this time and time again, you cannot force people to live together in peace. For the time being IDP’s will go back at their own risk.Land reforms are necessary before you resettle people otherwise it is a waste of time. How about resettling them on land owned by the Kenyatta family? Isn’t that land originaly theirs? We should set a limit of the acres an individual can own and start from there.

    Moi, as much as Kenyans should ask for his forgiveness, he must also ask us for our forgiveness for the pain he caused in 24 years. he should also set an example by resettling people in his “extra” land. Kibaki should deal with this alone.

  51. tnk says:

    anyone who takes time to read the kroll report and the book shining star knows that Moi with his sons and cronies impoverished kenyans and it will take more than 15 years to recover. they deserve to be in jail for economic crimes as well as assassinations of the few good leaders we had. anybody referring to moi in any other way needs to reflect on that. Moi, Kibaki and Kenyatta have failed the people of Kenya. looking for a bright spot on muddy clothes is senseless, take them to the cleaners or toss them out.

  52. Turncoat says:

    Good to be back. Even better is the positive contributions i have read above. I see that some haters have left to.

    Well the chinese are supporting repressive regimes everywhere. The pangas that were used in Rwanda were bought in China. Darfur, Tibet, Taiwan, the story continues. I will rally against the Olympic torch if it comes to Kenya. The Chinese ship carrying the chinese arms like the Olympic torch should not be allowed to dock on our port. They both carry fire that will burn and destroy. BUY KITENGE, boycott CHINESE

    Funny that General Kagweya has not till now mustered the courage to go to the rift Valley ALONE and has to rely on the valour of Raila. I understand the chagrin of the M.Ps in the rift some have even boycotted the visit. They are WONDERING HOW AN I.D.P (Illegally Deployed President) – occupying the STATE HOUSE can vouch for the settling of other Kenyans.

    Another point to note is that Mungiki is growing from strength to strenght. Ten years back i attended one of their recruitment meetings in Ngara roundabout and by then it was more of a religious group. This group is now taking a military shape and those of you doubting should remember that L.R.A in Uganda started with sticks and stones under Alice Lakwena. It is now a force to reckon with.

  53. Turncoat says:

    Dear Raila,
    Our standard three History books bear a story of Lwanda Magere – a mighty soldier who conquered many a countries and defeated soldiers. No one knew the secret until the day the kipsigis sent one of their ladies for marriage. Lwanda Magere revealed that his power was in his shadow. He died in battle when one of the warriors stabbed his shadows.

    If i were you, i would not so much marginalise the people in the rift. Try to appease them wherever possible. In short dont KEEP THEM IN THE SHADOWS- THEIR SKIN TONE NOTWITHSTANDING (JUST A PAN AND HUMOUR ADDED).

    AND TO OUR BROTHERS IN THE RIFT – SWARA SI WETU PEKEE YETU. WANASEMA ATA MATUMBO NI STEAK.

  54. Turncoat says:

    Moderator,
    AM SURPRISED THAT YOU HAVE NOT HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED FOR A STRONG AND VIBRANT OPPOSITION IN PARLIAMENT. WE NEED ONE URGENTLY.

  55. WIMA says:

    News just in, I am told Agwambo and Kibaki have been bood in Rift Valley. What do you make of this? RAO has to be very carefully, He should leave the CHIEF THIEF KIBAKI to clear his mess. KIBAKI has nothing to loose because after all he is in his final term, yet RAO has to maintain the people’s confidence in him. With KANU in Rift valley pulling out of PNU I sense some mischief. If the current wrangles within Rift valley MPs is anything to go by, then RAO is done. PNU thieves have never been upto any good for RAO, with Rft valley MPs divided and together with PNU MP’s they could easily go through with a vote of no confidence. RAO PLEASE TAKE NOTE. JUST FIND A WAY OF SORTING OUT THE KIPSIGIS ISSUES BEFORE IT IS LATE. They voted for you overwhelmly.

  56. Yego says:

    Hello Once Again My fellow Kenyans!!
    As regard the GCG im just waiting for the poles to wither then we start from point zero.
    Yeh but one thing suprised me and its the reason i have to blog again and dig out the truth.One of my friends who is highly placed in the south african government told me to my face that the kenyan crisis and more so the intervention by all the superpowers of the world was not just because kenya was a friend and beautiful country but because kenya was recently discovered to be a potentian uranium powerhouse in the world.Did you know that pple????Hey without wasting a minute i just had to revisit my strategic planning analysis na kumbe…..one Mr Michuki has just been appointed to the less lucrative ministry( in the eyes of kenyans) ministry of environment and mineral resources….does that add up to something???
    Sasa Bw PM , are you aware of this????im in possession of very vital documents on this matter and im really ready to advice for free.

  57. Yego says:

    Just to hint you!!! the person to watch in 2012 general election will be one Mr Mwau Aron…Why!!kilome will be a millenium field day destination in a few months to come.
    Mwau just paid ksh 100000000 to KPLC last week for overall electrification of the constituency, both motorbikes worth ksh 27000000 for all the uneducated youth to start transport businesses, and that beeing just the start, he declared his salary a community development kitty.One year down the line, what will he have done??just imagine when others are hidding with their wives in the bedroom just for a mere flag.

  58. tnk says:

    Raila should stop carrying kibakis, pnu and kalonzos cross to RV or elsewhere.

    If they were sincere, let them first as a sign of true partnership take RAO to central and eastern where he was repeatedly humiliated at their behest and offer him a public apology apology.

  59. Anon says:

    @tnk
    Co -sign!!!!!

  60. tnk says:

    anon 🙂

    yego, good to have you back

    Wima

    There are many times RAO’s actions can be exasperating, but you have to remember in matters of national importance, human rights and democracy he always puts people first ahead of fiscal or political gain, no matter how many times PNU try to show him as otherwise, we all know that is the truth. RAO, does not need Kibaki or Kalonzo to visit RV but he needs the local administrators to pay attention to the needs of the communities and for some reason some of these dunderheads in provincial administration need to see the presidents flag in order to do their jobs.

    we need to view these issues from as many different perspectives as possible in order to be objective and not self seeking. in that group that went to RV think about the ODM MPs and the PNU MPs and picture who was in it as self seekers and who was in it to begin the path that addresses the many underlying issues and who are there to further the interests of the likes of moi and sons

  61. Maru Kapkatet says:

    Why does Mwai Robert Mugabe Kibaki not allow others to provide leadership on the post-election problems?

    Why did he have to take Kalonzo Musyoka on the healing and reconciliation trips to Rift Valley and in the process create a new problem. It looks like Kibaki is actually campaigning for Kalonzo rather than trying to re-settle people.

    The election violence arose out of Kibaki stealing the presidency from Raila. It is only the two of them who should have gone to Rift Valley, if they had to go.

    The truth of the matter is that all Kenyans (except a few of Kibaki’s supporters), west of Kijabe have no time for Kibaki. Why is he trying to provoke people?

    I hope Kibaki is not trying to create a conducive environment in order take land from Kalenjins using violence (military, police, mungiki) in the same way that he took the presidency.

    The best way to go about the resettlement issues is to use alternate leaders (Uhuru, Mudavadi, Ruto, Wangari Mathai, Lt. Gen. Sumbeiywo, and Minister Orengo) would be a better team to help re-settle ID Kenyans.

    A speedy solution is achievable if Mwai Kibaki is not in the equation. He is not neutral.

  62. Maru Kapkatet says:

    BROTHERLY ADVICE FOR MWAI ROBERT MUGABE KIBAKI:

    1. SHUFFLE VP KALONZO TO BE MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

    2. APPOINT UHURU KENYATTA THE NEW VP.

    3. RETIRE IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER.

    4. UHURU WILL ACT PRESIDENT FOR 3 MONTHS AFTER WHICH ELECTIONS WILL BE CALLED.

    5. KENYA WILL THEN GET A NEW LEADERSHIP OF YOUNG BLOOD AND FRESH IDEAS AND BOTH KIBAKI AND RAILA WILL GO HOME.

    6. RAILA IS NOT THE LEADER KENYA NEEDS. HE HAS BROKEN HIS ELECTION PROMISES. ONE OF HIS APPOINTMENTS IS PAST RETIREMENT AGE. ANOTHER APPOINTMENT IS PURE NEPOTISM.

    SOMEONE SUGGESTED TO ME THAT HAD RAILA BEEN SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT, HIS CABINET WOULD HAVE INCLUDED:

    a) Oburu as de facto VP and minister of finance

    b) Fidel as nominated MP and minster of internal security and provincial administration

    IN OTHER WORDS, RAILA WOULD HAVE GONE A STEP FURTHER THAN KIBAKI AND KEPT THE FINANCE AND SECURITY PORTFOLIOS IN THE FAMILY.

    If Mwai Robert Mugabe Kibaki does not take this advice then Kenya will suffer. Kibaki is now pretending that all is well yet we know that if donors cut funding tomorrow, the government will not be able to pay salaries.

    Kibaki used to boast of an artificial 8% growth, which was not there in reality.

    THERE WILL BE NO PROGRESS IN KENYA AND THE SO-CALLED GRAND COALITION GOVERNMENT IS NOTHING BUT A HUGE PATCHWORK MAINLY OF OLD RAGS THAT WILL COLLAPSE ANYTIME.

    KENYA RIGHT NOW IS CRYING FOR A LEADER. THE ISRAELIS CRIED TO GOD FOR A KING AND HE GAVE THEM SAUL. KENYANS ARE NOW CRYING TO GOD FOR A LEADER UNLIKE SAUL. A DAVID, IT IS THEY NEED. EITHER UHURU OR MUDAVADI IS THAT DAVID.

  63. Anon says:

    @Maru….young does not equal right. Before Uhuru gets respect he has to hand back the land his father stole and then denounce his relationship with Mungiki. If he does become president then Mungiki will be equivalent to Mugabe’s war veterans. Is that what you want?

    I am becoming increasingly dissapointed and will take a long leave from this blog because it seems we are going nowhere and our leaders do not seem to care.

    My parting shot: Kenyan leaders have failed us both in the past and present. Some are long dead but their bad legacy lives on. All I can say is that Karma is a mutha, all sins will be paid for in full. There are no shortcuts with God.

  64. Philip (The visitor) says:

    On Moi – Moi still owes the people of Kenya an apology. He needs to return the money and land he took from us. I don’t owe an apology to Moi. Moi did wrong things in his time as president and if we get someone worse than him it doesn’t mean that Moi is good. It simply means that the other person is worse. Let’s not make an evil person holy just because we have seen a more evil person.

    On Kibaki – Kibaki also owes the people of Kenya an apology. He did not keep to his promise. What was he doing when tempers were trising among Kenyans. When people were against Kikuyus. The first open signs were during referendum. Now we say it’s the Kalenjins who are wrong. They were reacting to something that Kibaki created. Their wrongdoing was directing it to wrong direction. Therefore he owes an apology to the IDPs and those who chased them.

    On Raila – I like him as Raila the opposition politician. I don’t know the man as Prime Minister. I have no comment but to watch keenly. He needs to tread carefully and listen to all voices but choose wisely the right voice. I’m watching you Raila.

    On upcoming Uhuru – I wonder how all of a sudden some people are mentioning him. Maybe we are all playing politics here. Again trying to glorify a person we didn’t want to hear sometime last year. My stand remains as it is that I can’t support him. Period.

    On portfolio balance – All that matters is how one see it. If food is the most important thing to Kenyans then I see Ministry of Agriculture to be the best. If security is the most important thing to Kenyans then Ministry of internal security is the most lucrative. What about if health is the most important? Or land? Or business? Or law? My opinion is that “lucrativity” of a ministry in Kenya depends on the Minister, time in history and envirionment. When Masakhalia was a Minister of Finance, was it lucrative? Maybe when there will be a national shortage of water in Kenya then Ministry of water will be the most lucrative! Economy of Kenya depends so much in agriculture. Ruto can make it to be even more lucrative than Ministry of Finance! Yego above mentioned something about Ministry of bla…bla Natural Resources. if what he says is true then this ministry can be the most lucrative! And did someone mention about investors willing to acquire land in kenya and invest in real estate? Can this make Ministry of Lands and Housing as the most lucrative?

    Otherwise lets sit down and come up with creative and innovative as I have seen above and build Kenya. I hope these comments reach the right people.

    Thanks.

  65. And by the way the reality is that majority of IDPs are Kikuyus. So if Raila visits all IDP’s camp then he’ll see more Kikuyus than any tribe. Another thing is that most of the Kikuyus who were displaced were displaced from what they viewed as home and not just a temporary place to be used as you do your work in a particular area. Majority of the luos and luhyas who were displaced in Naivasha went to their homes in Western. In the end, there are still more Kikuyus than any other tribe, infact all other tribes combined, in IDP camps.

    Therefore if we want Raila to be neutral on people to visit in IDP camps then the answer is for him not to visit them at all!

  66. Maru Kapkatet says:

    BYELECTIONS IN KENYA IN JUNE:

    1. PLEASE STEP DOWN NOW, MR. SAMWEL KIVUITHU. REMEMBER, YOU WERE PLANNING TO GO TO BIBLE SCHOOL. STEP DOWN NOW AND PREPARE TO ENTER SEMINARY IN SEPTEMBER, 2008.

    2. PLEASE STEP DOWN NOW, MR. KIHARA MUTTU. LET THERE BE HEALING IN KENYA.

    3. MWAI KIBAKI, RAILA ODINGA, AND MARTHA KARUA, APPOINT MR. FRANCIS OLE KAPARO AS THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF KENYA. HE IS THE BEST CANDIDATE AND SHOULD BE THE MOST ACCEPTABLE CANDIDATE TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER AS SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF KENYA, MR. WAS COURAGEOUS AND FAIR, ALWAYS OPERATING BY THE RULES SET.

    4. MR. FRANCIS OLE KAPARO, PLEASE ACCEPT TO ALSO SPEARHEAD AND CHAIR THE PROPOSED MAASAI HERITAGE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES. PLEASE MEET WITH MR. WILLIAM OLE NTIMAMA AND FORM THE MAASAI HERITAGE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTES IMMEDIATELY.

    THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS TO FIND LAND TO BUILD THE UNIVERSITY. THE NEXT ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR THE BOARD IS TO ESTABLISH A FUND-RAISING COMMITTEE AND A BUILDING COMMITTEE.

    THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR THE FUND-RAISING COMMITTEE IS TO WRITE TO ALL THE TOUR OPERATORS IN THE WORLD THAT HAVE BROUGHT TOURISTS TO MAASAI MARA AND AMBOSELI GAME RESERVES.

    THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR THE BUILDING COMMITTEE IS TO COMMISSION A TEAM OF LOCAL ARCHITECTS TO INITIALLY VOLUNTEER THEIR SERVICES TO PROPOSE A BLUE PRINT FOR MAASAI HERITAGE UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE.

    THE MAASAI HERITAGE UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS SHOULD BE CONSTRUCTED SIMILAR TO MAASAI MANYATTA AND SIMILAR TO TELEPHONE HOUSE IN NAROK WHICH WAS CONSTRUCTED TO LOOK LIKE A MAASAI HOME.

    MZEE MOI SHOULD BE APPROACHED TO DONATE BACK TO THE MAASAI PEOPLE THE LAND THAT HE WAS GIVEN AS A GIFT IN 1978 OR 1979. HE DOES NOT NEED IT.

    THAT LAND, I SUSPECT, IS IN LAIKIPIA. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SHOULD ASK MZEE MOI TO DONATE THE LAND TO MAASAI HERITAGE UNIVERSITY. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SHOULD THEN LOOK INTO EXCHANGING THE LAND FOR ONE IN NAROK WHERE THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD BE BUILD.

  67. tnk says:

    http://www.eastandard.net/news/?id=1143985616&cid=4

    kalonzo is being very insincere. he has been in government and parliament for at least 15 years. these guys (prison warders, police, etc) have been living in these conditions for as long as i remember. even the nyayo camp on ruaraka intitiated more than 15 years back was to address this and after money guzzling schemes, was stillborn. no one in his right mind should express surprise and if that person has been a member of parliament then he should resign. but if that person has been a minister then he should go home and never return to leadership. we the common mwananchi are all too aware of the humiliating conditions that members of the police force are forced to live in, so if a leader is “unaware” then he is out of touch with reality and should pack up and go home

  68. rafiq says:

    The first test is the by-elections and ODM. Will it stick together or will PNU beat it once again. What if PNU and Kalonzo overturns the majority in parliament?

    RAO has the support of the masses but he needs the intelligence of the tacticians otherwise he wil be PAUAD without knowing.

    Jogoo, if you are around and this entry comes in dont be discouraged try to say something.

    We are in for interesting times. I hope development wii reach the previously marginalized ODM zones.

  69. Turncoat says:

    More than competetion the ODM GROUP should now engage in creation. I have long conceeded that we cannot beat PNU on their game. There is no level playing ground. Its time to critically look into the divine principle of exnihillo (Creation from nothing). The arms and pockets of the govt rest with PNU and there is a need to to critically view (as they have not done so already) what the other limbs can do.
    Its disheartening to see the likes of Kajawang engage in homecomimg parties when we now that most of the people in Mbita have little to celebrate about after a feast of Mbuta for one day. GIVE US A FISH COOPERATIVE, AND ELECTRICITY.

  70. Turncoat says:

    I have viewed a few of the stories that have focused on Nyanza after the post elections. Sample the following:
    1. Security guards find dead python (ksm) and auction the head. The head supposedly has male potency ingredients. – NATION T.V
    2. KAJAWANGS HOME COMING – KTN , NTV
    3. MBITA AS A TOURIST SITE – KTN -BRAVO
    4. FISHERMEN COMPLAINING THAT THE BAN OF FISHING OMENA SHOULD BE LIFTED. – KTM
    5. WITCHDOCTOR ACTIVITY (KUSAMBAZA METWORK) IN LUO NYANZA – KTN.

    The focus is wrong…………………..Other things that can be brought to the attention of the world. Over to you young proffesionals. Something you can chew on is that CAPITAL FISH (BASED AT HOMA BAY) which Exports Millions worth of fish is co-owned by GIDEON MOI.

  71. Maru Kapkatet says:

    ODM MPs must stand firm and refuse to be bought by Mwai Robert Mugabe Kibaki and his purse-keeper, Amos Kimunya.

    Why are some ODM MPs talking about forming a “grand opposition”, when the path of how the leadership in Kenya will unfold.

    It reminds us of the formation of “Association of Small Parties”, which was led by Gitobu Imanyara but was engineered by Kibaki’s associates. The aim of that association was to assimilate all small parties into PNU.

    It is a shame that some ODM MPs with admirable legal minds are not analyzing things to determine what is good gor Kenya and their ODM party before talking the language of PNU.

    In the last parliament, there were many MPs – from both KANU and the defunct LDP – who, for undisclosed pieces of silver and paper money, betrayed Kenyans by supporting Kibaki and by extension helping him to bring mercenaries to Kenya and shut out non-GEMA Kenyans from the ministries of finance and internal security.

    I ask ODM MPs to tread carefully and not undermine PM Raila. There is nothing like a genuine unity of backbenchers from GEMA Kenya and non-GEMA Kenya. Such “unity” is only a cleaver move by MPs from GEMA Kenya to use their counterparts from non-GEMA Kenya to help Kibaki discriminate againts other Kenyans.

    Hon. Raila Odinga fought hard to help many of the current ODM MPs to be elected to parliament. Many of the current ODM MPs would not be in parliament if it were not for Raila. ODM MPs should not pretend to know the future and assume that the next elections will be held in five years.

    The next elections could be held four months from now, six months or one year from now. They should not undermine Raila and ODM for pieces of silver and paper currency.

    I remember very well what Hon. Raila Odinga told Mukhisa Kituyi last year. Hon. Raila Odinga told Kituyi that he (Raila) had helped Kituyi to be elected in 2002 but Kituyi shouted that what Raila was saying is not true.

    In 2007, without Raila’s support, Kituyi was defeated. ODM MPs should not complain about not getting ministerial appointments but should instead rally around the PM and give him the support he needs to help unite and grow Kenya.

    The task of shaping Hon. Raila Odinga into a better leader and a great president for Kenya when his time comes should be left to us, the critics of the media world, who are not elected and cannot incite people against PM Raila.

    I will fault Hon. Raila Odinga at every opportunity but when it comes to casting my vote, if I had a chance to, I am not sure whether or not I can deny him that.

    For many years to come, the truth of the matter is that Hon. Raila Odinga will be for the Kalenjins, Arap Mibey, their son.

    The western province leaders, and in particular Mr. Musalia Mudavadi and the current ODM MPs from Western province failed Raila and ODM in that they failed to deliver the vote that would have made the gap between Raila and Kibaki unassailable.

    Western province has taken the lion’s share of top appointments including that of Speaker of Parliament, Deputy PM, and three ministerial appointments.

    Western province MPs should be the last to undermine Mr. Raila Odinga and ODM. Mr. William Ruto showed what a great leader he is by sticking with the previous arrangements that ODM had agreed on and forgo the deputy PM post for Mr. Musalia Mudavadi.

    ODM MPs should show true leadership and refuse to sing the song of PNU without thinking. By shifting their support to PNU, the ODM MPs are in effect shifting support to Kalonzo and Uhuru.

    Is Kalonzo Musyoka a leader worth supporting? Kalonzo is misleading himself into believing that Uhuru Kenyatta will be his running mate at the next presidentail elections. How can someone who garnered less than a million votes be the candidate and have someone who garnered 1.7 million votes as his running mate?

    ODM MPs and especially those from Western province should be doing their best to bring all MPs – Ford Kenya, Ford People, New Ford Kenya, KADDU, Kanu – back home to ODM.

  72. Jane says:

    Just how do you convince the Fords, KADDU and KANU to bring all MPS to ODM when the very ODM followers killed, maimed, and destroyed people’s property at the beginning of the year. Many are living in camps. Apparently some of those killed had voted for ODM.

    RAO should display some amount of diplomacy by avoiding to generate some flimsy issues especially at public rallies.Does it matter who speak before or after who as long as the speaker passes their intended message to the audience?

    It has been issue after issue. These politicians full of issues should take them to their houses and kitchens.

  73. tnk says:

    Jane

    As always your logic amazes, so lets agree on the issue of protocol, that it does not matter who speaks before the other, so I suggest next time VP introduces Kibaki and then Kibaki introduces either Dep. PM or just directly introduces the PM. When you get a moment do let Muthaura follow that order.

  74. tnk says:

    http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=1&newsid=122143

    to see the likes of James Orengo, Paul Muite, Gitobu Imanyara work as a team to right so many injustices is the sort of dream team I’d like to see. I hope these guys can revive the true spirit of righting wrongs and work towards meaningful reforms and hopefully they will not get sidetracked, derailed or otherwise bogged down by the “fat-cats”.

    On a side note, there are some ODM members who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes or made tremendous sacrifices and RAO and Pentagon should strive to give these guys due prominence/recognition. THe first of these is Mugambi Imanyara who in a way rescued the ODM dream when SKM and his cohorts were hell bent on sabotaging it.

  75. Railkamuodho says:

    TNK,
    Why are you always amazed at other people when they give their views on something? You should quit looking down on people when they air views that you do not like.
    On the issue of protocal, I like it here in the US. President Bush does not have to be invited by VP Cheney when he speaks or visit Katrina victims. I think the best way to avoid this protocal thing is to have both leaders hold different activities or events. This way, there will be no need to have president invited to speak.

    And by the way, some ODM ministers are repeating the same tacts like the late Karisa Maitha employed when he took over tourism ministry. They started issuing roadside orders that were meant to appease. Experienced ministers like Mudavadi are studyin their ministries and consulting with Uhuru to before issuing roadside blockbusters like Orengo. All the same, I wish him well in his ministry and may the fire keep burning.
    Lastly, when are we going to get over our pride and start working? We must be getting frustrated by diversionary substance when more better things should be on the table.

  76. Railkamuodho says:

    Maru,
    When someone like you write booklets like you usually do with alot of incoherent line of arguments, one is left to wonder when you go to work. You pretend to be an expert of everything. I wish Raila could recognize you and second you to Rutoh as a Kikuyu hater and basher.

  77. tnk says:

    railka

    you are an intelligent person so lets stop the games, you know exactly what the amazing stuff is.

  78. Yego says:

    Keep it up Maru!!!book writing or booklet writing shouldnt be left to the Ngugi’s of Central Leshoto kik only.We are proud of our one against them.

  79. Maru Kapkatet says:

    REFORMING THE PRISON SYSTEM IN KENYA:

    The prison system in Kenya can be self-relaint and self-sustaining. There is an abundant supply of free labour and free skills.

    It is unfortunate that the Prisons Department has lost most of its land – in Kitale and other urban centres but there is still a lot that can be done to provide a large source of income and decent housing to prison warders.

    Kalonzo Musyoka can do a lot for the prisons sytem that his predecessors failed to achieve.

    Kalonzo Musyoka should set up a committee – not consisting of Moody Awori and Kamakil who failed to solve the prison warders’ problems during the time they were their leaders – consiting of real estate experts, entrepreneurs, building construction experts, and business management experts.

    The objective of the committee is to draw up plans for the prisons system to establish and manage their own income-generating enterprises and housing provision.

    The government should set aside land, even if it is a distance away from the prisons, to build decent houses for the prison warders using the skills and labour available in Kenyan prisons amongst inmates. In fact, the families of prison warders should not be housed in the same compund as the inmates.

    The prison warders should be bused to and from their houses to their places of work. The prison system should come up with an arrangement where they can move prisoners with skills from one prison to another to help build and/or maintain houses for the prison warders.

    Kalonzo Musyoka, do not use brute force on the prison workers, who have genuine complaints. Sit down with them and together come up with a solution.

    WITH ABUNDANT FREE LABOUR AND SKILLS, WHY SHOULD PRISON WARDERS BE SHARING ONE SMALL HOUSE WITH UP TO THREE FAMILIES WITH GROWN CHILDREN IN ONE HOUSE?

    The inmates can be given encouragement to do a good job by crediting their work as time served and reducing the duration of their incarceration.

    FINALLY, KALONZO MUSYOKA, YOU ARE NUMBER THREE AND NOT NUMBER TWO. NO MIRACLES HERE. KENYANS DO NOT NEED YOUR “MIRACLES”, IN WHICH YOU GET UNDER 1 MILLION VOTES AND EXPECT TO OVERTAKE ONE WHO HAD OVER 4 MILLION VOTES.

  80. tnk says:

    as expected

    http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=1&newsid=122218

    this is shameful running the 40 ministries for 2 months = amount of money required to resettle 500,000 IDPs

  81. Turncoat says:

    Grand coalition will lead to grand theft. Yaitwa kuiba na kalamu. 33 billion – David Lamb – Author of the “Africans” was right in saying that in African 70 percent of the expenditure is on admistration. Often its about 15 percent that goes to the actual projects. So while our cabinet will be featherbedding themselves, the IDPS ( and that i mean 50 percent of Kenyans will be living on less that 1 dollar a day. these are the true IDPS – INCOME DEPLETED PERSONS.
    Just for this i will try as much as possible and cheat this govt out of TAX. For Ceaser must now give unto me as well.

  82. Turncoat says:

    Kibaki,
    Moi’s longstanding vp is president, his deputy is a former longserving foreign affairs minister and right now Mutala Kilonzo (Moi’s LAwyer is drafting the grandcoalition agrmt and with it the pecking oda. Has anything changed ? Have kenyans gone back to the usual day to day lives ? Musilale

  83. Maru Kapkatet says:

    Kenyan Leadership Behaving Like monster Generals of Burma

    The Kenyan leadership has just released a performance report on the performance of ministries and ministers for the period June 2006 to June 2007.

    In releasing the performance evaluation report, the Kenyan leaders are behaving like the monster Generals of Burma who have just declared three days of national mourning, 17 days after the fact for the victims of the cyclone that hit their country.

    What impressed me, though, on the release of the report is the confidence and leadership that Mawi Kibaki exuded while delivering the report. Mwai Kibaki talked with confidence and showed leadership thus giving the people of Kenya renewed hope and drive.

    True to his academic training, Mwai Kibaki is a leader when it comes to the economy but is completely absent and at a loss on what to do when it comes to providing leadership in the areas of conflict resolution and justice.

    In such instances, Mwai Kibaki buries his head in the sand like an ostrich burying its head in the sand in times of trouble. When he does this, the opportunist ministers are immediately handed over enormous powers which they use to kill people or to visit sufferings on others unjustly.

    It has happened several times with Mwai Kibaki absconding from his duties and not making the hard decisions expected of a leader, the way Mzee Moi used to do.

    Could Mwai Kibaki be the leader of Kenya at all times and in all circumstances so that all Kenyans can feel a sense of rightful belonging to their country.

    Could Mwai Kibaki summon PM Raila Odinga for consultation and then make a just and final decision on all the militias in Kenya and on the democracy-fighters of 2007-2008 so that Kenya can focus her energies on the most pressing issues of nation building?

    I WILL GIVE MY FULL SUPPORT TO MWAI KIBAKI IF HE CAN, FOR ONCE, LEAD AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES AND JUSTLY TOO!!

  84. Turncoat says:

    ONCE WHEN MOI VISITED MATHARE MENTAL HOSP, ONE OF THE INMATES CALLED HIM ASIDE AND REMARKED -” you must have done something terrilble”, why the president inquired ? – i was brought here by two police men the mad man said – then he pointed to the entouracge and armed guards – AND YOU HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BY ALL POLICEMEN ………YOU MUST BE THE BEST MAD MAN IN THE COUNTRY.

    I FEEL THE SAME FOR KIMUNYA…….IMAGINE PATTNI IS APPEARING AS ONE OF HIS WITNESSES, IS THERE A BIGGER CROOK THAN PATTNI. SOME COMMISIONS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN TURNED INTO THEATRES OF THE BIZZARE AND DRAWING PARALLELS WITH MATHARE OR PORT REITZ HOSPITAL.

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