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Thursday, 18th October 2018.
Could Bobi Wine rescue Uganda and East Africa
Robert Kyaghulani, better known as Bobi Wine, is a man on a mission. The ragga star turned politician, at only 36 years, is rewriting a new political chapter in Uganda. His political nemesis, Yoweri Museveni, is not taking it lying down and is pulling all strings to see Bobi Wine's political star dim.

Just as Bobi Wine was being born, Museveni was in the same boots that Bobi is currently in. He was traversing the world to tell of the excesses of Milton Obote and Idi Amin. How is it then that this is the political journey of many so called saviours of Africa. That one starts as a defender of the people, but then, after sometime entitlement sets in. Museveni was at one time described by former US President Bill Clinton as one of the rising stars of Africa.

Bobi wine is on a great path. He should champion Uganda's cause day and night. And ultimately, if and when he gets power, he should not fall onto the same narrative of African leaders. That of turning from being a saviour, to being an entitled autocrat.


Tuesday, 16th October 2018.
Paul Allen- How Kenya can create more Paul Allens
The co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen is dead. He lives a rich legacy behind, that,s how fellow Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, describes him. Then, how can Kenya create more Paul Allens? Here's how. Kenya needs to get three things right, and if it does, a slew of Paul Allens will be created.

We have to get it right in our education system. Right now, our education system focuses on too much rote learning, in place of an all round education that imparts skills and knowledge to our children. Our universities must not just produce job seekers but graduates who will innovate and above all become real world class entrepreneurs.

Secondly, there has to be real capital that flows into the knowledge economy in the form of venture capital. Silicon Valley in the US was able to grow and flourish because of real availability of capital. In Kenya, we are not funding ideas of the knowledge economy. We are merely funding old money ideas in the form of brick and mortar. If a young lad went to a bank without collateral, he would be chased away very fast.

Third, we must create a market for our products. Right now, we don't have a market for the knowledge economy. Our internet infrastructure is almost nil. Our market for idea businesses is almost nil. For entrepreneurs therefore, they have to create a market first, then build the service or product. This takes a huge toil on them.

If we focus on the above three factors, then be assured that Kenya will produce many more Paul Allens now and in the future. It can be done.


Thursday, 4th October 2018.
Sonko should stop cheap publicity and turn around Nairobi
Nairobi was once described as the beautiful city in the sun. The late Julius Nyerere, the founding father of Tanzania, described Nairobi as Africa's London. He said that you didn't need to visit London, instead, Nairobi was London. Then why is Nairobi not described as London right now? The answer lies in the poor leadership of Nairobi. Nairobi needs more of a first class manager than a politician. Sadly, Nairobi voters voted for a politician, and not a technocrat manager.

Polycarp Igathe, who would have been a great technocrat turn around manager, resigned in huff in January. Sonko, instead of addressing the issues that Nairobi faces, has instead chosen to rule Nairobi by use of publicity stunts. Nairobi has so much to offer. It is the great metropolis of East and Central Africa. It has to market itself as the gateway to Africa. Also, the sprawling city could be the innovation hub of Africa, in essence creating Africa's silicon Savannah. Nairobi has the talent needed, venture capital funds are pouring money into promising start ups. In a few years time, all these start ups will become fully fledged companies. Heck! we could even have a few tech super stars that will compete with the likes of Google and Amazon.

Let's not forget that Nairobi could also be the great transport hub for Africa, acting as a great link for international flights. Already, in a few days, Kenya Airways will be flying direct to New York. As a financial hub, Nairobi too would do well. It could serve as Africa's center for financial services. In that tune, it could become a Singapore, Hongkong, London, or New York of Africa. Just as South Africa's Gauteng province acts as a financial hub, and contributes to 10 percent of Africa's GDP, Nairobi could follow that route too.

So, what's needed to make Nairobi great is a focused and determined leadership. The question should be, Is Sonko the right manager for Nairobi? The answer is absolutely not. He's a first class politician. It is then time to focus and put pressure to Mike Sonko to urgently reform Nairobi. It will be one of the best gifts for Africa.

Thursday, 4th October 2018.
Is Africa becoming a Chinese Colony?
Africa has always blamed the West- Europe, for its underdevelopment. But now, a new master of the continent is emerging- China. In the past few days, there was an uproar after a popular Zambian newspaper- The Zambia Times, was published in mandarin- a Chinese dialect.

China wants the relationship between it and Africa to be one of mutual benefit to both parties. China has advanced to Africa loans to develop. It has availed its technology to Africa, especially in the big infrastructural projects. True to form, Africa has embraced China like no other friend. The recent China-Africa summit in Beijing is a point in focus. In it, China promised to continue the good bilateral relations between it and the continent, and even promised to forgive its loans to the poorest of countries. However, there is emerging doubt whether this relationship is two sided. For instance, the technology transfer to Africa is just not there. In the SGR project in Kenya for example, thousands of Chinese are engaged to do low level jobs that the locals can do. The locals, even engineers, are left to do manual tasks that do not inculcate any skills.

Even then, the loans themselves are prohibitive. When the terms of the loans are not adhered to, the Chinese have violently moved on to take over the project. For instance, a whole national airport in Zambia has been taken over by the Chinese after Zambia staggered in paying its loans.

Then, there is the little question of racism. The whole relationship between Europe and Africa has been underpinned by the fact that Africans are inferior to Europeans. It doesn't feel different for China. Recently, a Zambian student studying in China was beaten to death by Chinese students, for dating a Chinese lady. In the social media video, the student, Chrispine Mwale, is reminded of how poor Africa is.

The above altercations may point only to Zambia. But example after example in Africa, it seems the the relationship between China and Africa is one sided, and must be re-calibrated if Africa is to benefit, as the Chinese are now benefiting.


Wednesday, 3rd October 2018.
Time for referendum is ripe, but it should be to better Kenyans' lives
The push for a referendum is being supported by more and more people, except the Deputy President William Ruto of course. The current debate is that we are over represented. What is the work of the senate? What is the work of all these MPs? Let's compare ourselves with the United States for example, from which we borrowed much of the present day constitution. The US has 435 congressmen, similar to MPs, but it is the size of subsaharan Africa. Kenya, the size of a state like California, has 290 legislators. And before we even go further, what is the work of women representatives? Is it just for affirmative action? We can have affirmative action in other ways, but it should not be at the expense of burdening Wanjiku.

What is the work of the senate? If its to defend devolution, it has failed in its mandate, as the government is busy eating into devolution day by day. The solution is this. Let's slash the number of MPs to just 94, the number of counties to just 14, remember, the counties are supposed to be self sustainable. Presently, they are not. The number of senators to just 14, and the number of governors to just 14. We would save huge sums of money if we went with this approach. More importantly, Wanjiku will not be over burdened as is the case now.


Tuesday,2nd October 2018.
The pact between the Odinga, Moi, and Kenyatta Families.
Deputy President William Ruto is at it again. He's called Raila Odinga a conman. The DP has called President Kenyatta's and Raila's handshake as not being sincere. The handshake was a pact between the two royal families that have dominated politics since Kenya's independence. Raila, a leftist wants Kenya to be a socialist utopia, where public service would be the clarion call for us. On this, Raila envisions Kenya as being along the lines of Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden. On the other hand, Uhuru Kenyatta is a right wing capitalist who envisions Kenya as being the epicenter of business activity in Africa, and where business spurs on growth.

Both of these visions are good for Kenya. What we need is a healthy mix of both, since one system alone can be dangerous for us. Where does Ruto fit in this. Thus far, the Moi family could be the centrist ideologue for Kenya, balancing things between the Odinga and the Kenyatta dynasty. The emerging revolutionaries in Kenya must draw their lines according to these three families.


Monday,2nd October 2018.
Jail the rich and powerful, and we will have won the war on corruption.
DPP Noordin Haji is hellbent on making sure that the corrupt are put behind bars. However, to date, we have not seen a senior public figure head to jail. This is our failing. Only the small fish are being netted. Let's look elsewhere how they have managed to tame corruption. In the US, the corrupt are brought before courts, and handed lengthy jail sentences. In Europe, the corrupt resign immediately once they are caught. In China, the corrupt, however mighty, are executed.In Japan, the corrupt commit suicide once they are found out.

In Kenya, what do we do to the corrupt. We glorify them. We want to be a part of them. We want to eat some of their ill gotten wealth. And the best of them, we elect them to office, and protect them, from the enemies of our communities, because they want to finish us. Can we as a country make a promise that we'll fight corruption and that just as the small fish are caught, the bigger fish will also be caught. Its the only way to develop our dear country.


Monday,2nd October 2018.
What Kenya needs is a movement, not a revolution.
Right now, there is no opposition in Kenya. Since the famous handshake, Raila Odinga has abandoned his supporters, and gone to bed with Jubilee. While many clamor that Kenya needs a revolution urgently, what we really need is a movement. Look, Raila Odinga has been the head of the revolution in Kenya for the last twenty years. Every time, his revolution has been cut off. In 2007, his revolution came to a naught after a bungled presidential election. In march 2018, his revolution came to a naught after the famous handshake, what many are now calling a 'handcheque'. However, I opine that what Kenya needs is a movement and not a revolution. A movement is fed by the rank and file, that is by everyone, not just a leader alone. In 2018, Uhuru not only managed to bring Raila on board, he did so on the entire opposition. So much so that the most vocal MPs in calling for tax increases were actually ODM MPs. Does a movement need a leader. Yes, but the leader is not absolute. He feeds into the rank and file, and makes the movement to mutate. He makes the movement to adapt. He makes the movement to be unstoppable. However, unlike a revolution, when the leader is compromised, the movement is left intact.

Kenya could have taken off in 1963, but greed and tribalism did not allow it. Kenya could have taken off in 1978, but political consolidation by Moi ensured that his first task was self preservation. Kenya could have taken off in 1992 at the height of multi-partyism, but naked ambition and tribalism curtailed it. In 2007, Kenya could have taken off, but a bungled Presidential election ensured that the dream was deffered. In 2018, the handshake deffered our dream for take off again. Right now, the Kenyan revolution must mutate and become a movement. Its the only way that we will rescue the failing Kenyan state.


07/11/2017

Uhuru's legacy is tainted by tribalism.

When historians will be sitting down to document uhuru's legacy, what
will it be?I surmise that it will be tribalism.

At no time in our history has the country been more divided.Uhuru
preaches unity, but his ascendacy to power was built on tribalism.

If our politics was purely based on ideology, Uhuru would not have
come this far.If we were to assess Uhuru by the lens of ideology, he
would be a right wing conservative- but a poor one at that. If he was
campaigning on a platform of ideology, his support will have cut
across tribal lines as would have his opposition.

Can Uhuru tolerate competition from a Central Kenya
politician?Obviously not. Why then say 'tuache ukabila' after
consolidating your base?

If Uhuru was a truly unifying leader, he would have gained support
across the country and not just Central and Rift Valley alone.But he
didn't.

That is why Kenya's dream of a uniform but diverse nation shall remain a mirage.

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