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Mutemi wa Kiama (Edu)
I am a dreamer, a Change Maker, a Social Entrepreneur. I love my country Kenya, and my fellow Kenyans. Am an Earthling, a fearless influence
I am a dreamer, a Change Maker, a Social Entrepreneur. I love my country Kenya, and my fellow Kenyans. Am an Earthling, a fearless influence

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My article in People Daily. They've edited some parts that were hard hitting against current regime. Speaking truth to #Uthamakistanis with love!
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Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu has said her ministry is opposed to the proposed Sh204.3 billion coal plant in Lamu. Prof Wakhungu said the energy project would destroy the local environment and affect the health of the population. Her declaration appears to be a total reversal of the previous strong support for the project by the Jubilee regime. Wakhungu said the coal plant would be harmful to the environment and that her ministry only supports the production of clean energy that does not have any adverse effects on the surroundings. “The Ministry of Environment is quite clear that there is no clean coal; coal is dirty, there is nothing like clean coal,” said Wakhungu when she visited the county. She said although Kenya faces an electricity deficit and needs to invest more to step up production, there was consensus in Government that coal power is dirty and hence not the solution to the country’s energy shortage. In recent months, Deputy President William Ruto has backed the construction of the plant by Amu Power to generate 1,050 megawatts for the national electricity grid. In May, Mr Ruto accused county leaders of inciting local residents against the project and insisted new technology would be used to minimise the negative effects of the controversial investment. According to Ruto, mitigation measures including use of clean coal technologies such as low nitrous oxide burners, electrostatic precipitators and wet fuel gas desulfurisation systems would be used.
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#deCOALonize! Thank you @JudiWakhungu for taking a firm position! All coal is dirty, there's nothing like "clean coal"!
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JUNE 14, 2017


Further to the statement by our presidential candidate Hon. Raila Odinga yesterday with particular reference to the awarding of the ballot printing tender to Al Ghurair Print and Publishing Company Limited of Dubai, we wish to make the following observations:

It has become abundantly clear that the awarding of the tender was influenced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in collusion with some technical staff at the IEBC. The President cannot be the procurement manager in chief for IEBC.
We have established that the CEO of this firm Mr. Aziz Al Ghurair is an intimate friend of the Kenyatta family and a frequent guest at the home of Mr. Muhoho Kenyatta. In fact, Mr. Muhoho is the local contact for Al Ghurair and possibly a shareholder in the firm.

Information in our possession indicates that the Chief Executive Officer of the IEBC Mr. Ezra Chiloba and director of Election Operations and Voter Registration Immaculate Kasait were the contacts for State House in the decision to award to the tender unprocedurally and illegally to Al Ghurair. We have established that President Kenyatta summoned the IEBC CEO to the State House meeting where Mr Aziz was present as head of a Dubai business delegation.

Mrs. Kasait on her part is clouded in numerous integrity issues. She reports on a weekly basis to State House where she gives status update to Head of Public Service and Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua.

Mrs. Kasait is also a member of a Jubilee-leaning organization known as the Mt. Kenya Foundation which operates from the Parklands area. The activities of this foundation are shrouded in mystery. The offices of this organization is accessed only by President Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Mrs Winnie Guchu, Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, businessman Chris Kirubi, former Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir and former Chief of Chief of Genral Staff Joseph Karangi. Kasait provides frequent updates on the state of affairs at IEBC to this group.

Only a few months ago, Mrs Kasait hired close to 20 temporary employees for her department, all of them from one ethnic community. These temporary employees have been deployed work on the register.

From the foregoing, it is clear that these two senior IEBC officers, CEO Ezra Chiloba and Mrs Kasait are currently the single most serious threat to the holding of a free and fair election on 8th August 2017. These two should immediately step aside and investigations should be commenced into their conduct and tenure at the IEBC.

We want President Uhuru Kenyatta to come clean on his and his family’s links with the Dubai firm and state his interests in the contract that the firm was awarded.

The interest in our view is clear. The President and his Jubilee team are looking for a firm that can supply extra ballot secretly as was the case in 2013.
In our view, the Chairman of the Commission and his fellow Commissioner’s must exert their Constitutional authority to reign in the rogue elements in the Secretariat as recommended by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on issues affecting the Commission.

Al Gharair, although being a multi-billion dollar outfit, has not been involved in the supply of election materials in established democracies. Their portfolios include engagements in countries like Afghanistan and Libya. Elsewhere, in Zambia and Uganda, they have ended their engagement under dark clouds of acrimony and dissatisfaction. They have a reputation as a user friendly supplier of election materials to incumbent governments. Influence peddling is part of their tools of trade.
In these circumstances the only option for IEBC is to cancel this tender and award it in accordance to the law to any other reputable international printers that are not associated with any stakeholder in the next election. Let IEBC not tell us that we are running out of time. The country has in the past always conducted nominations three weeks to voting day and this has always been sufficient time for printing of ballot papers to be completed.

The issue of delay is only an excuse to create a crisis to justify the giving of this tender to Al Gharair.
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What explains the weakening hold of the dynasties? Devolution.

By fragmenting and distributing to the counties the State power that the dynasties once used to control at the national level, devolution has made all politics more radically local than the Nairobi elite has so far recognised.
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#ExtraJudicialKillings via Naomi Van Stapele

In the midst of a painful debate on police killings in Mathare and Eastleigh (Nairobi) yesterday, we receive the news of a fifth young and poor man killed by police within a span of two days, just around the corner from where we are.

One video of an execution by a known police officer has gone viral this week, and so has the debate in Kenya.

Everybody has an opinion, especially mapunk/mababi. 'He was a known thug'. 'He [one of the young men brutally murdered in the video by the police officer] has killed three people'. 'Killing them saves our lives.' 'They don't deserve human rights.' 'What about the human rights of the victims of crime?'.

Let's break this down:

1. Brutally murdering young and poor men does not save your [middle class] lives. It kills men who leave behind wives and children who depended on them.

2. Ask yourself these questions: why do some young and poor men steal? And how are you part of the problem? These men lack jobs, face constant corruption and police harassment which depletes any savings they have, and most have 5 generations of women (grandmother, mother, sister, wife and daughter) to provide for. These young men need our help to build livelihoods so they don't need to steal. We are all responsible for this, for them.

3. Human rights either apply to everyone or no one, there is no selective approach. That is the whole idea of human rights, every human being deserves equal treatment before the law. Historically, selective approaches have been shown to increasingly exclude new 'groups', until all citizens are cast as 'enemies of the state'. If you allow police to selectively target and murder particular 'groups', you basically choose to live in a police state and you will be the next target.

4. I have lost close friends to violence by both police and men who steal. The difference is that police represent the government and need to follow the law. If police follow the law, if the courts follow the law, violence all around will diminish because violence begets violence. Kenya right now is caught in a vicious cycle of violence, spiralling out of control right in front of our eyes. The violence sometimes used by men who steal has to be understood in the structural context of state violence, that is where it begins and ends.

5. Many will reply: 'But the police and courts are corrupt and cannot change!" Let this sink in. Many are deeply cynical about these extremely powerful systems and rather settle for the systematic murder of powerless, poor, young, male bodies than fight for police and judiciary reform.

5. I have not used the terms innocent or guilty, because there is no way anyone can be sure of someone's guilt without a proper trial. Hearsay is useless.

6. Police killings have not reduced crime. Police killings have not led to justice for victims of crimes. Police killings have not solved the underlying issues that contribute to crime.

7. Police killings make Kenya more unsafe for all. Police killings have caused the death of 10.000s of young and poor men in Kenya over the past decade. Police killings have contributed to poverty of 100.000s of family members left behind.
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#DevolutionIsRevolution Notwithstanding the very real issue of decentralised corruption, reports from these marginalised counties are encouraging.

I believe that anti-corruption movements are gaining ground from the margins of these counties to safeguard the resources that are devolved to them. Demands for more resources are being made from the centre in the form of the executive, parliament, the treasury and the Central Bank, since these national institutions have not justified their 85 per cent lion’s share.

Devolution, more resources for counties, and weakening the centre in financial matters are issues that will take centre stage in the forthcoming elections.

This will be a contest in which poverty eradication and the equitable distribution of resources should feature prominently. If so, this would be a great leap forward in the quest to strengthen Kenyan democracy.

In this respect I can already see the beginnings of a politics of humanity that is based on the equitable distribution of resources. Social movements in marginalised counties are gaining strength. Public participation in the use of resources is robust. Debates are taking place around the material needs of the people like education, employment, health, sanitation, housing, environment, foreign investment and corruption. There is a great imagination and consciousness emerging from the margins that sees the prudent use of resources as one of the keys to poverty-eradication.
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When we say Kenya is still a British Colony, this is what we mean! Moi never wanted independence. Moi, and the British through him & #Muthamaki still rules Kenya!

"Former President Daniel arap Moi was among leaders who had reservations about Kenya getting independence in 1963, recently released British intelligence documents show.
Instead, he suggested that colonial rule be maintained for 10 years from 1959. Mr Moi’s conversations are contained in a declassified file boldly marked “secret” in red and titled “DT Arap Moi 1959”.

It was at the height of agitation for freedom and African elected members in the Legislative Council (Legco) were closely being monitored by colonial security services in case they engaged in subversive activities.

While touring the larger Nandi District in August 1959, and unaware that a close friend accompanying him was a British spy, Mr Moi is reported to have observed that granting Africans an early opportunity to govern themselves would not be in Kenya’s best interests.

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