Thursday, 27th October 2016
Jubilee's Game Plan to 2032 Spells Disaster for Kenya's Stability.

For the record, President Uhuru Kenyatta assumes he has already surpassed the constitutional threshold of 50 percent plus one in the forthcoming elections. He believes that what is merely left is to put the 2017 elections beyond the reach of the opposition- by putting the victory to more than 70 percent. His coat hangers think they have the opposition and Kenyans by their neck. How wrong? Make no mistake. Political Parties exist solely to capture power- that is a given.

But here’s why I differ with President Kenyatta and his nemesis- William Ruto- on their resolve to hold on to power, by hook or crook, up to 2032. First of all, Kenya is not a monarchy, there are so many able and capable leaders that deserve a chance to be President, and they will not rest until power is wrested from these two reckless Jubilee diehards that are drunk with power.

But more fundamentally, the fact is that leaders, or parties, cling to power when they have made a sovereign bond with their subjects. The benevolent dictator – which I assume is the aspiration of this Jubilee duo- make one pact with their people. It is that the subjects give up their civil liberties in exchange for super normal economic growth rates and improvement of the living standards of the people. The benevolent dictators of the so called Asian Tigers offer us a poignant lesson. Their 30 plus years grip on power came as no surprise. In a nutshell, this was their basic argument to their people in the mid 1960s; that give us political power, surrender your civil liberties to us, and in return, we shall grow your economy many times over. You shall never lack. Their people bought this bargain, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Asian Tiger countries enjoy some of the highest living standards in the world- even better than Western democracies.

A case in point- Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew grew Singapore’s economy from a backwater port city to a thriving first world city state that many Westerners could only dream of. In return, during the 30 years of Lee Kuan Yew’s rule, Singapore’s electorate surrendered their civil liberties to the state, and he became an authoritarian but effective economic leader. Today, Singapore is one of the great financial centers of the world, rivaled only by New York, London, and Hong Kong.

Back home, President Kenyatta and DP Ruto are asking us to surrender our civil liberties to them for the next 20 years. But what do we get in return? That’s the big question. Where I differ with them is precisely that they have not given us anything in return for surrendering our freedoms and civil liberties to them. Can they grow Kenya’s economy to a trillion dollar economy in the next 20 years? I highly doubt. None of them looks like they have the gravitas and the mettle to grow our economy by double digits, let alone grow it ten fold.

Make no mistake, if we reelect Uhuru Kenyatta next year, William Ruto will demand nothing less than the Presidency in 2022. Isn’t that the surrender of our civil liberties? Knowing that someone is hell bent on winning power even if they do not merit it? It’s why I ask that we reject this duo in August 2017, precisely because they have not given us anything to hold on to us they ask us to surrender our civil liberties to them. By doing so, we shall have rejected a leadership that is based on tribalism, hate, and total exclusion of other Kenyans that chose not to worship at the altar of money and tribe.

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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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