Uhuru Kenyatta cannot be second time lucky.
I maintain that the 2013 election should have gone for a run off. The opposition would then have coalesced around a single candidate and roundly trounce Jubilee’s duo of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. Now, Uhuru Kenyatta intends to spend money like he has never done before. His campaign budget must be many times over than the 2013 budget- because he will recoup it anyway if he buys his way into a second term.

Let’s look at the path that Uhuru Kenyatta has travelled. He lost the Gatundu South seat in 1997, and KANU nominated him to parliament, made him a tourism minister, and thereafter a minister in the then powerful local government ministry. He was made KANU’s Presidential candidate in 2002, and lost out to NARC’s Mwai Kibaki.

In all his political life, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta has known a life of privilege and self entitlement. He thinks this lucky strip should continue in the foreseeable future. First of all, let me warn Kenyans what a second term for Uhuru Kenyatta means. It means that corruption will continue unabated. It means that tribalism will continue. It means that class exclusion will continue. It means, in JM Kariuki’s words, that Kenya will be a country of 40 billionaires and 40 million beggars.

But most fervently, it means that aristocrats with the Kenyatta surname will be the only ones that will ascend to the Presidency. Eventually, with brief poses, it will be time for a Kenyatta III, Kenyatta IV, Kenyatta V …….. This is what Uhuru Kenyatta envisions as Kenya’s political future. I know Uhuru diehards and coat hangers will want to protect their prince at all costs. Their argument is that the queen of England; Queen Elizabeth, has also ruled for 64 years, and they see nothing wrong with the Kenyatta family copying this. But let’s be factual. The Queen of England has overseen 13 Prime Ministers under her watch. So, this argument washes on the basis of facts.

I believe that the opposition will eventually amalgamate together. We will find a footing where our message and ideas, rather than dirty money, will be our guiding principle. It will steer millions of Kenyans to the opposition vote basket.

Mr. Kenyatta was lucky in 2013. Lots of ill gotten wealth to fund his campaign. Huge political brand name to silence competition from his base. A shrewdness to intimidate the election referees. But I suspect, and have faith, that Kenyans have learnt his conniving ways. They won’t be cheated a second time. They won’t buck down in August 2017.
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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Weighted Cluster Points.

This is just a small follow up article on the Joint admissions board.
If you had a look at the JAB article elsewhere on this article (then you will probably not need to read this article). The weighted cluster point is an aggregate of the overall aggregate points and the raw cluster points. The overall aggregate points is the points that you get for all the seven subjects taken in KCSE. Of course some candidates do more than the seven subjects but only seven subjects are required for the overall aggregate points. The aggregate points are written on the results slip. For instance, Grade A starts from an aggregate of 81 points.

The raw cluster points on the other hand are the four subjects that are deemed the most crucial for the study of a course. For instance, if one wanted to study electrical engineering, then the raw cluster points would be made up of Math, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Geography or any of the group subjects. The maximum raw cluster point is 48.

Now, the weighted cluster points are derivative of the overall points and the raw cluster ones. If you scored an overall point of 84 and you got a raw cluster point of 48, then your weighted cluster point will be 48. The weighted cluster points then begin dropping as your overall points and the raw cluster points keep on reducing. Due to the high competition for the limited courses, the weighted cluster points needed to enroll in courses has been increasing over the years. For instance, if one wanted to enroll for a degree of medicine as a regular student, they would have to score a weighted cluster point of about 47.7.

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