This is a Bad Time to Be Raila Odinga…or is it?

Raila complaints

Credit: Daily Nation

The other day, I was on a KQ flight from Abidjan to Nairobi and the air hostess announced that our former Honorable Prime Minister was on board as well.

Somebody near me immediately squawked out “Haiya! We’re with a VIP?” and the people laughed.

I couldn’t help but feel bad for Rao. People either know you and mock you, love you and can’t help you, or don’t know you and don’t care. Continue reading

Kenya Won

kenyan voting

After many hours spent in queues trying to vote, clenching cheeks in unison, and shaking fists at the IEBC, Kenyans finally got a new president. The opposition did not accept this result. Kenyans however, did, as some celebrated, some waited for the court hearings and the rest were just happy to be back at work. We did what we did peacefully and force fed foreign journalists naysayers their own feet.

I’m in that group that’s just happy to be at work because I believe the true victor was not a person.

It was the people. Continue reading

#2013Elections: Debatable Debates, Small Steps and Big Dreams

Did anyone manage to watch the Kisumu Gubernatorial debates a few nights back?

I eavesdropped from the kitchen for a while before deciding they weren’t worth me relocating to the living room. But I listened.

It was basically a bunch of candidates who don’t know how to answer questions making outlandish statements. At some point, one guy, whose agenda was that Kisumu county can produce its own food and be self-sustaining, was asked a question about education and why so few children complete school, perform well and something about the quality of education they get anyway.

He replied that the problem was that children were hungry and as a result they couldn’t do well. Seriously, he said that. Not overcrowded classes, underfunded schools, underpaid teachers, obsolete teaching methods but food. This is akin to answering the question “Why is smoking dangerous?” with “Cocaine kills.”

This made me wonder about what we were to expect from the upcoming Presidential debates.

My mother watched those debates and while she had criticisms, she let out a huge sigh of relief and said “This is a step forward.” before stepping away.

And the Presidential Debate is an even greater step forward.

It has much more potential than the he said she said campaigns of yesteryears. Now we get to see if these guys will really poke each other in the eyes when the distance is reduced to a few meters. I’d like to say that we’ll finally get to hear their policies and plans, more about their parties and manifestos, but something tells me we will mainly hear lies.

And that’s IF we pay attention.

A few weeks back, the Presidential debates were announced and the Kenyan interwebs began their own debat on who should moderate the debates. Frustrated, I joked that we should have debates to see who should moderate the debates but would probably end up debating who should moderate that debate. The point I was making was that it didn’t matter who would moderate or what was being debated if we were still bickering among ourselves instead of discussing issues. The problem, oddly enough, seemed to be us.

How does one choose a Saint from the pulpits of Hell based solely on what comes out of mouths so accustomed to lies and hypocrisy, while we’re still debating the moderator, the only person that we shall not be casting a vote for? Continue reading

On Rudisha, Kitum and the 2024 Olympic Bid

David Rudisha World Record

The man pictured above is a beast. A godly beast.

There are 2 things to note about that picture. The first is the man pointing at that world record; a humble and proud man who has done a formidable thing. The second is that flag. That country he bears on his back, that covers his identity, that Kenyan flag.

Last night, Rudisha quite literally had the entire country on his back. We needed that victory. We needed that gold medal. And boy did he deliver; in such spectacular fashion. Gold. World Record. Olympic record. Three in one.

Not to be overshadowed was the 17 year old running beside him.

Kitum Rudisha

Timothy Kitum ran his ass off and took that bronze. Not a small feat for that age. When I was 17, I think my greatest achievement could be measured in how many shots I took the night before without blacking out. This kid just ran 800m in 1:42. That’s formidable. And Kenya recognized that. With Kemboi’s hugs still fresh in our minds, that national anthem played last night in its original capacity as a lullaby.

Kenya slept well.

Just to wake up to this Continue reading

#iDontBelieve: “The Power of The People vs. The People in Power”

First and foremost, a heartfelt prayer for the victims of explosion on Moi Avenue.

OK, now on to the blog.

Uhuru Diasporadical Speech
About a week plus ago Uhuru Kenyatta launched his TNA Party in what can only be described as the biggest launch of anything ever in Kenya. Seriously. He must’ve had the same budget as the Avengers movie. It was epic and quite impossible to miss.

The meat of the message he spewed out was some very inspirational, flowery and borderline purple balderdash on the importance of believing and having faith, hope and dreams. If I may, I’d like to quote him quoting someone.

“It was once said and I quote “ To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” end quote. Here today we have seen a dream being unfolded, we have seen the wings of hope that can carry us into the future and beyond. This is not some grand elaborate design, no, on the contrary it is very simple and basic, it all about our dreams. We all dream, children more so, but we must now start believing in the dream in order to achieve great things.”

“Ours is a party whose engine is oiled with the dreams of every Kenyan. A party that focuses into the future by offering solutions for the problems of today and emerging challenges of tomorrow. We seek to dispel the notion that parties are founded with the vision of getting to power. The Alliance is driven by a deep desire to fully implement the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya and the spirit of achieving the national development milestones as laid down in the Vision2030 agenda. That ladies and gentlemen is what we are asking you to judge us on as we move forward.”

- Uhuru Kenyatta, in his speech “TNA: The Alliance of Believers”

The speech is linked up there and it’s really not a horrible read. I tip my hat to the copywriter behind it and the endless hours of YouTubing inspirational speeches that must’ve been put behind that. Really I do. But let me tell you what I don’t believe before I tell you what I do. Continue reading

“WAGEUZI”, Raila & The New Kenyan Youth

There’s a very talented man out there by the name of Andrew Kaggia who created a very powerful 3D Animation by the name WAGEUZI. It’s a very new look at the battle between politicians for the votes of Kenyans. If you haven’t already, kindly take 13 minutes out of your day and watch it.

It made me think back to a conversation I had with a Poli Sci/IR professor earlier this week on the youth vote. It began with a discussion about all the things currently lacking in Kenya: fuel, gas, sugar, maize; commodities we know are there, but aren’t being sold. Continue reading