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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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#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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UPDATE ON #1Milli4WanjikuRevoltsMum fundraising Initiative for my mum's hospital bill... You love, support and dedication has managed to reduce the amount required to clear the bill to just around 250,000/-. That is so amazing and wonderful! We thank you all for your support as a family. We now need to give it a final push to raise this amount and hopefully clear the bill by Monday.

Instructions for sending money:
Go to: Mpesa LIPA NA MPESA

Or through Equity Bank
Harambee Avenue Branch
Stella Karimi Kiama-Medical Fund
Account number 0240170059583

Asante and God bless you!

Here is a brief background on how we got here as a family and as Kenyans... 

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Thank you all for standing with us. #1Milli4WanjikuRevoltsMum only #250KLeftForWanjikuRevoltsMum

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Happy Madaraka Day fellow country men & women! Madaraka=Freedom. Let's enjoy it, exercise it, break away from mental slavery & sycophancy!

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An amazingly good read!

"Are you upset that technology hijacks your agency? I am too. I’ve listed a few techniques but there are literally thousands. Imagine whole bookshelves, seminars, workshops and trainings that teach aspiring tech entrepreneurs techniques like this. They exist.

The ultimate freedom is a free mind, and we need technology that’s on our team to help us live, feel, think and act freely.

We need our smartphones, notifications screens and web browsers to be exoskeletons for our minds and interpersonal relationships that put our values, not our impulses, first. People’s time is valuable. And we should protect it with the same rigor as privacy and other digital rights."

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