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Why I hate capitalism

 

When you first hear of the word capitalism, what comes into your mind?

Me, the first thing that comes to my mind is profit, just by focusing on the word ‘’capital’’ which capitalism is derived from. Usually, capitalism is an economic system that its main agenda is based on private ownership of the means of production and the core reason for its existence and operation is the profit motive. Most countries in the world tend to be capitalists in nature, whether core countries or peripheral countries or semi-peripheral countries but their success may vary from one country or another based on how the ideology is applied.

My main concern today is on the peripheral countries, am choosing to call them that name since that sounds more appealing and some modest of respect  to them. In the world systems theory, this are those countries that are less developed and they receive small share of the global wealth. Or rather let’s just call them third world countries. I’m choosing this category because their capitalism is more threatening and means more harm to the citizens.

Usually, capitalism is characterized by freedom to own private property, accumulate capital, and acquire wage labor, open competition and little or no limitations by the government on the capitalist operation.  The market structure to some extent a free market economy, meaning, the freedom to make decisions and determining the market trend lies with the wealth owners. Marrying this concept quickly with Karl Marx’s Marxist theory, the competition would lead to development of a class struggles based on materialistic differences. The first thing that you have to think about now is exploitation due to the selfish nature of man, this would lead to creation of at most three classes, the upper class, the middle class and the lower class.

And, this is where the problems of capitalism begins. In my country Kenya, which I love using a lot as a perfect example, you are likely to find out that most people in their younger ages are saving nothing towards their future life but if you ask them why, they too just wish that capitalism would not be there in that future. The system has become so extractive such that all the moneys we get, they all nearly get absorbed back into the system itself before we could even think of doing something constructive with it. Those people in the higher class have access to more means of production, meaning they have more wealth and since they compete amongst themselves due to the nature of the market allowing them to do so, they discover more innovations so that they can survive in the same environment.  On the other hand they have to exploit those in the lower class so that we can continually depend on them and provide them with what they need which is mainly raw materials and cheap labor, sometimes under weird conditions which are very inhuman but we just have to do it for our survival. We make sure that we add them even the little that we have.  We continue to remain poor because of the high extortion that we are undergoing just to benefit a few individuals. There is even another major threat in the system called the cartels, this are a group of few corrupt individuals who come to compromise the system. They usually have more money which they dispense into the system to make sure that they are relevant in the game. They actually manage to go far with this since one of the main characteristics of capitalism is that the market is a free market economy and this gives them the freedom to determine the direction to which the market should head to. Their involvement may lead to an increase in the prices of commodities or influx of more fake and cheap product so that they make a lot of profit and, the concept is very simple, when you buy a fake product, its authentic that it will not last for a longer period than the original one and you would go back to the shop to buy another one again. In return, they would benefit in that you have bought the same product at least twice over a very short period of time. If it was something that affects your health, they still have hospitals where they promise you will access health services at waived prices and you run to those hospitals because you see that it is really cutting the cost for you. At the end of the day, they gain, you lose.

In fact, to some extent, capitalism has reached a point in the peripheral countries such that it is even compromising the education system because they want more people illiterate so that they can continue exploiting them. I used to work in a certain company some months ago before I went back to school and I could do my observation and I realized that the industry was full of young people than adults. The main reason was that they are trying to achieve the goal of youth empowerment which is good but, they mean exactly the opposite of this. It is easier to manipulate the minds of the youths to continue serving the capitalists than they can do to the adults. The fact is, more youths are unemployed and the youths themselves think that getting employed solves their problems one off.  When I was about to quit my work and go back to school, most of my colleagues were unhappy why I was making such a move and when I asked them why, they told me that I was going to be broke and I should not quit my job. Anyway, I still went ahead and left the job. Looking back, I still see most of the people I used to work with in the same position I left them, with the same salary we used to earn, some have even had their salaries reduced but they have no option. If you ask most of this people about school, they rather work than go to school. School will just have to wait, in fact, the answer they give you most of the time is that they will go to school after they have made money which they make every single month but they can hardly account for what they are doing with the money they get. Just like I said, most of it goes back into the system. Deduct tax and other expenses contributed towards government institutions, plus the ones they get charged for reasons such as failure to meet company targets and a few misconducts. They remain with little peanuts. Anyway, this capitalists and cartels had already gone to school and are educated and they don’t want the youth too to be educated because they would be learned and begin inventing new things and compete with them. Sometimes they blind our eyes with a few tricks that we don’t need to go through the normal education system where you learn the basic theories which are diversified but instead, come up with an approach of a technical training where you only get to lean a few techniques that can help you survive. Trash.  These are what leads to increased poverty levels yet more people are working. They remain poor because they don’t think, their thoughts and limits have been compromised by the capitalists.

In as much as the capitalists would boast of economic freedoms and to some extent political freedom, the incompetent masses is still suffering at the bottom of the system and in as much as the government may try to incorporate some socialist ideas to some degree, it is only doing that to play safe so that it cannot be directly blamed but it’s nothing close to any help to the incompetent masses. Let us be enlightened and plan or games wisely. Let’s not confine our thinking to now only. I still hate capitalism to some extent.   Continue reading Why I hate capitalism

Open talk with my fellow Kenyan Youths verses the Government.

Listen listen,
Am your boy Kitvan,
And by the way, this are my own opinions.

Let’s go….
So, am just a young Kenyan youth who tries a lot of things just to make sure am not idle most of the times..
Because that is what our country is trying to put our youths through, I mean its high time you have to discover yourself and do what you can so that you don’t be idle.

Now let me tell you a little story about our country.
Kenya is the place in Africa and they say that we are still three world counties, yes I guess we are.
In a society that the young like me really have to suffer unless you have a godfather, or you are just extra sharp, or you must just have some luck I don’t know where from or you have to accept to be used to get a favor or, you have to chuck a few bucks to be considered a valid option.

See, that is how corruption is killing my country,
To an extent that those who are supposed to protect us are doing less to try so.
They claim that the youth are the determinants of development but I really don’t see the ideals of this.

Whenever we try to upthrift, we are either silenced and our dreams just shattered that way or more tough policies are formulated that doesn’t favour us.
Whenever we discover something, someone already established somewhere will really be traumatized and all he think is how he will snatch that discovery from us. I hear they call them cartels, I call them advanced opportunists who can do more and have more abilities than us and means a lot of harm for us developmentwise.

The life standards are just getting tougher and tougher every day, in fact our constitution is a rights based constitution but at this point, I think its only a written document, it doesn’t defend and protect our rights that much.
If not, then why extra judicial killings, why progressive corruption, why economic discrimination, why us not getting tenders too, why sabotage health issues, why, why, why why? A lot of whys I can’t even finish.

They said women empowerment, wait, was it only to take advantage of our vulnerable ladies, why are they taking advantage of their vulnerability. More pregnancies are terminated due to the fear of irresponsible dads coming ahead, kids keep asking their single mothers each day where their dads are only to be told they are abroad, in fact, so far, so far that they are not coming soon only just to cool them and give them hopes that one day they will get to see them though not soon. I know nearly every living animal on this planet have sex and the reward is an offspring if it was unprotected and between two mature opposite sexes, I mean a young one, a baby.
Just likewise, we have a lot of street kids and their numbers continue to rise each day but again, not all kids who you meet on the streets are there because they like it, some reasons made them to be there, just like taking advantage of the vulnerability of their mothers, others sad and others even sadder.

Sometimes, we attend this job interviews only to realize later that we were just attending because it’s a formality that interviews have to be done but the job we are actually attending the interview for were already have people selected and reserved. You go back home waiting forever for that promised hope, “we will call you” never to hear from them again. You decide to do other odd things to survive, you waste your life in the hands of the law.

This issue of class is real and the youth are continued to be oppressed, I like how the law can be used to protect those “who have made it”, even if the crime they have committed can be vividly seen even by the blind. In fact, they are only summoned or raided with some fancy good-looking cars and requested to be “arrested ” and again requested to appear in court under a special court order, they are still treated like kings and queens, some of them who even “have made it more” get invited to sit and laugh and sip tea with MPs in the Parliamentary Committee in the name of being questioned about some offense. That’s our tax payers money they are screwing on since they have to be paid “allowances” for the “good” job they are doing.
On the other hand, let just news reach the authority that some little boy have made away with just a hen, he will be looked for even in the holes of an ant and toe walked to a tiny police cell that looks like a sewage tunnel.
Hah! Listen to this irony, sometimes back when we were made to “believe” that the government is really serious and took a few cartels to the cells just for days, the media could still follow them and the only thing they could complain about is sleeping on the floor and taking porridge with no sugar!! Hah! I wonder how someone could have the guards to mention that as a problem they experience yet some of us we are not in the cells but porridge without sugar is the only thing we know for breakfast, sleeping on the floor is the sweetest thing ever, we only see beds by the road side where they are sold when walking to work, we only have a pair of shoes which we put from January to December, our clothes can be counted too, in fact, our clothes can be used as a point of reference to refer someone to us sometimes. Some people claim they hate the job they are currently in yet some don’t even have somewhere to get even a Bob daily, they have to beg.

Unpacking our current regime, we have this thing called the “Big 4” which to me really, I only give it 30%, of being effective. Let’s begin with the first one,

1. Unemployment and industrialization; this is where the youths were actually promised mountains. We have not even seen hills or even rocks, in fact, the unemployment rate has even gone higher. We are not awarded tenders, we only see those who had worked getting reappointed for new jobs, in fact, sometimes they ask for a five years of experience to get a job!!! Where are we even going to get that experience from if no one is actually willing to employ us? A lot of foreigners providing labor which just local Kenyan youths can provide. To make it even fun, we could see like more than 60% of the funds allocated for the youths being stolen and the story just eroded like that. Corruption is the mother of all the problems we have. Let’s leave that there.

2. Affordable housing; indeed the houses are really “affordable.” Over the past two years, we have witnessed several demolitions thinking that , yes finally its going to be done, wait until I heard the prices of the houses, they were really “affordable.” I wonder where the normal youth will get that money to afford the houses even if the little one to eat is a nightmare. Plus, more people have been left houseless due to the demolitions.. Pin that there too.

3. Health; wow! You would be so happy when hear that the government is going to help you cater for some health expenses only to see doctors striking nation wide for nearly four months. Reason, they have not been paid plus, they want a salary increment that can sustain them and good working conditions. Still, even if it’s the government’s agenda, you will still be shocked that the health funds are embezzled, our women are Still charged when delivering yet it is free delivery for all women in the public hospitals, patients ordered to buy medicine yet the annual budget allocate some funds towards that and treating other kinds of illness which I may call light diseases. Pin that too, we can say more other day.

4. Food security; this is also ironical that we have concerned bodies like National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) who should oversight that our environment are clean and same for us and production. We still see people encroaching on reserved lands and polluting them, cutting down the trees growing there like they don’t know the importance of growing trees. It is such activities that lead to increased food insecurities, our lands becoming more dry and very unproductive to thus we do not produce more food for our consumption, we still have to import more food. Still wondering how sugar is claimed to have “mercury” in the whole country, if they could not have killed the local sugar factories, we could not have had a lot of such mysteries. The little food that we have are as well miss used and wasted, more families are sleeping hungry everyday, some dying of hunger too. Bring back our local factories to improve food security.

I think that our government is extorting us a lot, start with Kenya revenue authority (KRA), a tax body just really misusing its privileges to extort from us. A small entrepreneur like me who should be given some time to breath and look for ways to grow, they are on my back like a tick, they are not leaving me. Anyway I don’t mean that you don’t pay taxes, its your constitutional obligation to do so. What I am just worried about is this high rates of inflation yet they expect us to approach it the same way, whether high-class or low-class. Those inflated bills..

Matters security, we still see a lot of the youth getting murdered and even detained. This is due to more youth getting involved into criminal activities like stealing and robbing others the little they own. More of the youths still getting recruited into terror groups who still come back to terrorize us. The reward for all this is either mob Justice or facing the long arm of the law, which is usually being shot n the spot or jail.

Our ladies too, I have not forgotten about you. The rates of prostitution have too risen, exchanging sex for money or selling nude photos or acting pornography in the weird ways ever, or sometimes, dating older rich men who are the size of your dad so that you can extort money from them.

It’s high time we get out of this mass incompetency and be aware of our rights. Plus, it’s also about time to learn that getting employment is running out, there are many graduates out here with no jobs,we have to create opportunities for ourselves and employ ourselves before its late or we will remain unemployed forever.

Discover who you are, what you can be, what you can do and be you and get out to do it before looking on someone to catch your hand and lead you somewhere. Be aggressive enough to find that somewhere alone if possible.

Let’s not buy this idea of youth empowerment which is being promoted but has just been commercialized for personal gains by the cartels.

#WeAreTiredOfExploitation

#BeWare

#FightForTheYouth

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Blogging as a positive tool for Human Rights protection and Promotion

 

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Well, I know you could probably be wondering that how is blogging and Human Rights related? Okay, let’s begin by breaking down these two in brief.

Blogging is basically creating content ranging from video, written, audio among others and publishing them online on your site if you own one or selling that content to be published somewhere else by someone rather than just you. This makes it a form of social network since when you blog, your main aim is to build a social relation with your publics. The content one talks about is not limited to a particular topic, one talks about anything that best suits him/her.

Human Rights on the other hand are standards that guarantees and tries to fulfill and satisfy an array of factors ranging from the basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and other factors such as education, liberty, life, equality, discrimination, expression, security, forced labor, privacy, religion, speech among many other entities. And, they are called human rights because they only apply to human beings.

Now, this is how the two come in handy, our Kenyan Constitution 2010, which to me is actually a rights based constitution, gives every Kenyan the freedom of expression and freedom of the media and to be specific, Article 33 (1) (a) and (b) and Article 34 (1) which gives us that freedom as long as it doesn’t infringe on others’ rights which is basically violating the laws. Blogging is actually one of those ways we express ourselves and put out our views on a particular topic.

Although the same constitution, Article 21 (1) says that it is the fundamental duty of every state and state organ to observe to observe, respect, protect, promote and to fulfill the rights and freedom, that duty is not only limited to the government alone. When you look at the composition of a state, we have citizens as well. Therefore, we are the citizens, we bloggers, and we have the duty to protect and promote the basic fundamental Human Rights, every citizen. But, in the three world countries like Kenya where I may say that we have a massive mass incompetency and the citizens regularly have their rights and freedoms abused, employing the power of social media which many can access is a better way to impart that information to the incompetent masses in ways that helps to protect and promote the rights of those who are vulnerable and enlighten them on the freedom to choose how to live and express themselves.

Bloggers are therefore the government’s watchdog or any other individual trying to violate the rights of others whenever they tend to address and provide solutions to those problems.

Protecting and promoting Human rights.

Just like I said in the third paragraph, human rights are standards that aim to satisfy and fulfill an array of factors, a certain blogger or blog may decide to simply specialize in just one area of interest or talk about what comes to the table at hand. Blogging itself is a platform which can be accessed by many as long as it is good content and if you have a good mass of the public, you have access.

A lot of events have been occurring every now and then which clearly are violating the life standards such as discrimination, extra-judicial killings, economic exploitation, child abuse, mistreatment of the disabled, abusing women and other vulnerable groups, current slavery like the ones we witnessed in Libya, mistreatment of interns, abuse of office among many more. One will actually realize how cubing all these individually would be a huge task that he can’t even start. But, it is the duty of a blogger to help ensure that fellow citizens should not be mistreated and their rights not abused. I believe in the power of snowballing, it starts by me, then to my friend, then to his/her friends and the ball is passed just continually like that until it becomes a trend.

When I condemn a certain organ’s bad policy trying to exploit me/us through my blog and the public reads it, am already protecting a right and creating awareness to the public that they should not at any given point allow what am condemning to happen to them too. Usually, the government primarily just guarantee us our rights, let’s say in written documents such as constitution. I, condemning the violation of those rights is already protecting them.

Blog bodies in Kenya such as the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) which is a community organization of Kenyan bloggers and content creators which itself promotes online content creation and assuring bloggers freedom of expression is already protecting human rights just by creating that platform. The body brings the hope we need when expressing ourselves thus we enjoy that guarantee  provided to express ourselves as long as we do not infringe on others’ rights. Through their blogs, they enlighten and empower the public that they rightfully deserve to choose what they want and enjoy their lives. This is also fused with training workshops and even awarding bloggers so as to achieve better acceptance in the society as well as to prove to the society that truly bloggers are their shields.

Through addressing/putting to light/giving proposals and holding dialogues on fundamental issues affecting our daily lives,  also plays a big role in protecting human rights because some people, actually the violators are kept on toes and on watch. When we talk against something boldly, no one would want to engage into committing that offense since they would be on the lame light. Today blogging is actually one of the main tools used by most entities to expose those violating our rights and people are keen on bloggers just for such information.

So, without any fear, use the platform available to you as a content creator to protect and promote any form of human rights.

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Why 13th April is the day for Bruno 4 Main.

 

 

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Ever since independence in Kenya in 1963 we gained self-rule so that we could have control over every aspect of resources owned by us collectively as a country. We chose democracy because we believed in equality and the rule of many was the best form of government for us. We have been dwelling by that ever since and it has even been devolved for most appropriation. Today, we have every aspect of organization embracing leadership just because population has increased and every single individual cannot be in charge, we needed to be represented.

Shifting focus, The University of Nairobi (UoN) is an institution and it is not left behind matters leadership. In fact, I think I would classify it as a mini state, a city state.  It is so big that it is divided into eleven colleges so that it can be manageable. Each college having its own mini government with the main campus being the central government and all the activities that take place in the entire UoN originate from main campus. This would therefore mean that if you are tasked to take charge of the main campus, as the main campus chairman. You have a very important task to perform. Well, this month therefore becomes that special month of the year because we are going to the ballot to elect our leaders for various post and I am only going to focus on the chairman’s post. Some scholar called Max Weber once established the system of bureaucracy meaning; the other posts below will just take shape if we have a good and able leader at the top and this good and able ruler at the top would be one Bruno Otiato.

Bruno Otiato is one guy who has always maintained good student-administration and even sometimes the outside corporate-student relations. This has led to some students step to the US Embassy to attend forums and discussions there. Not once, but several times. A thing you could only imagine, and he was no leader at this time but just including others in what he does. His primary and first ideology has always been the betterment of all comrades first. That is the spirit of brotherhood and that is a brief definition of a strong, good and able leader and, 13th April, 2018 is the date to achieve that long term dream.

Now, just allow me to break it down further for you why he should be the man of the day come 13th April;  

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In my country Kenya, one of the big four agenda for our president is to curb unemployment rates which is really on the rise and about 30% of the youth are unemployed. Comrades are not left behind in this menace and Team Bruno 4 Main is trying to help our president to curb unemployment and in his argument, he argues that the UoN is a big institution and can create a lot of employment opportunities for comrades and he views it in this way, he can be able to create temporary employment from the university’s various employing bodies, just to give you an example; library, kitchen, canteens. Here, at least some comrades will be sorted out.

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On your own, it’s always very difficult to find internship opportunities and if you find, it will be subject to all forms of intimidation and sufferings you could imagine. A leader is someone who usually have access to a lot of things in a society and can always enable the establishment of more opportunities even if they were not initially existing.  With this kind of power vested into him, he believes that he will come to the students’ mercy of helping them find internships with ease due to the friendly conditions he shall have created with the outside corporate and brought more exposure among students as well.

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Team Bruno 4 Main once elected, seeks to increase the number of exchange programs. If you do not know what an exchange program is, this is basically a student program where a student from the UoN (not necessarily UoN) goes to study abroad at one of the partnering institutions and the vice versa. Now that sounds lucrative right? Let’s make it even more lucrative, Team Bruno 4 Main seeks to increase that number to 50 per semester so that most of your dreams can be achieved. Do not wonder how this is going to possible? It’s going to cost a lot of money? 50 students are just too many? Just hold on. Sometimes, an exchange program does not necessarily mean that you go and study abroad, once the exchange program process has been finalized and accredited, you can do it at the comfort of your current institutions and you do not necessarily need to go abroad.  This in turn provides a basis for establishing long lasting productive partnerships and relationships between the two, exchange of knowledge as well as mutual understanding throughout the world.

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How many times have you ever seen or even encountered international students looking confused and are asking for directions for various school premises? And you are like, uuuuum what is wrong with this guys?  Why can they just read the signs and find the places like we once did? Come on, you have to help a brother. Team Bruno 4 Main seeks to establish a buddy program for this category of students so that they would be associated into our day to day activities which makes the feel home and part of us.

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Somebody who I have not known until today once said that all work and no playing makes Jack a dull boy. Well that seems to be true. It’s always good to spare some time of your day to relax your mind maybe playing, listening to music or just any other way that relaxes your mind. Team Bruno 4 Main is to take this to the next level. The main goal here is to promote all this activities and make a rewarding move out of them. Those who have always been interested to the world of entertainment, there would be auditions  conducted at least after every three months and guests present would be producers, promoters  and all those other entities interested in harnessing upcoming talents and  making worth out of them.

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In other rounds, the team will also be working around the clock to promote activities of professional bodies in the event of partnerships so that students would get to interact with them in various ways and learn a lot about the professional world out there. This also helps the students to develop critical thinking and also become innovators due to the positive interactions they experience from the professionals.

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This in combination, including improvement of accommodation through establishing proper housing for students, reduction of long holidays because this things are way too many and more than enough and are not just ending and comrades are nowhere near finishing school soon and, promoting academic activities for it is easier to find a venue to host more entertainment shows than finding a venue to host a public lecture. These are therefore also in store for the students once Team Bruno 4 Main is elected.

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Finally,  he want to establish a good link between him and the students by being a man of the people by trying to listen to all comrades’ needs and trying to solve the ones he could. Just prepare for the best and in God we trust. All shall be well and that is why you need to get up on 13th April and vote in Team Bruno 4 Main.

 

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As always, GOD bless you.

 

 

Kenya and injustice!!!

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I bet that if you do not come from Kenya and you have never even visited Kenya in your entire life, just open you google maps and type in at the search box, Kenya and know where it is located. Get into your google and search about Kenya and know about it. For those who have ever come to Kenya, I bet that you too have a story to tell back there to your friends of your experience. You can as well visit YouTube and and watch amazing videos You-tubers have always vlogged about Kenya.  Just allow me to introduce this country to you; so its an African country and to be precise, located in the East African part of Africa, covering land of about 580.3 sq. km. It also has a population of about 48.5 million. It has a presidential system of government and President Uhuru Kenyatta is the head of state as well as the head of the republic and in 2010, it promulgated a new constitution which gave birth to a devolved system of government having 47 counties each headed by a Governor and the national government is the central government.  I also bet that you have also been told bout the  beautiful nature of parks and beaches and the hospitality and diverse cultures among its 44 tribes… and , Nairobi is the capital city. Well it was just a brief of my country and i think that gives a better picture of my country now.

I will be fooling myself to deny that anything that looks good is always perfect at all times. There must be some patches as well and that is what I am going to talk about today. Earlier in my previous articles I had talked about Why extra judicial killing is just a ‘’normal’’ thing (which if you never read you should just click on that link after reading this article to read about it also) and  this article is almost borrowing some concepts from it. If you are a Kenyan citizen or maybe you have just lived here for a while, you probably know what I meant and you can connect the two when I mention the word injustice. To non Kenyans, when I borrow from Trump’s common phrase, ” Africa is a shithole”, you can also connect. So to begin with, i’ll describe for for you injustice in a layman’s language, do you remember that time when you are doing something to someone and you enjoy doing it even when the person at the receiving end end is suffering but you on your end you enjoy doing what you are doing to him? Now that is injustice. The act of not being fair.  The Kenyan government is not too far from that to its citizens. I feel like even the government is unjust to itself.

Just to dwell on the current situations, so, we just had our general elections last year -2017-  and you wont believe this, we had two rounds of elections, not because there was a re-run due to a tie or no 50%+1 rule for the presidential candidates but just because there were massive election injustices lead by rigging and bribing of voters and killing of election officials. The winner was initially announced but the runners-up were not contented with the election outcome and moved to court to file an election  petition. They won the petition and the supreme court of Kenya ordered for a fresh presidential elections within 60 days. During that 60-day period, a lot happened that cannot be explained in one blog Post but opposition withdrew their candidature. On the voting day, we witnessed all kinds of magic you would ever imagine of, a lot of people did not turn out to vote due to voter apathy but finally, we heard a president and he was ”ceremoniously” sworn in as the head of the republic and the head of state. Drama began when there were a lot of divisions and people were feeling that the government is not just to them and the opposition formed a new kind of  a dysfunctional ”government” and even sworn in their own ”people’s president” but never served for long. Before there could be a people’s president, we experienced a lot of demonstrations as people were just fresh from an election period and they had a lot of scars in their hearts and the supporters of the second ”government” fighting against those of the ”genuine” government to cure their anxiety. It involved demonstration after demonstrations and destruction of property that belonged to the other party and in return, police could just clobber people and also destroy property and shooting people to kill them. I guess there must have been a shoot to kill order. Several people were killed all over the the major supporting counties and some left homeless and the list of damages continues. what an injustice!!

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As we are also trying to recover from that election and after election experience, we still have a lot of issues to clear. The government used a lot of money during that period  and it have to recover it back. To make it clear, The government have been borrowing a lot of money both through domestic borrowing and foreign borrowing as well. Some of this were just embezzled and a few percentage put to use into some projects that do not even benefit half of the population of its citizens. To be precise, the total amount of debt that has accumulated to date is slightly over Ksh. 4.5 trillion ( US$ 44.685 billion), 50%+ of this owed to foreign lenders and 48%+ owed to domestic lenders. That is, if every Kenyan was to pay, each person must pay at least Ksh. 100,000 ( US$ 1000) to clear the debt. Imagine that. The state Parastatals are hiking bills as well so that they can try recover more money towards paying the debt. Electricity bills comes as unusual, you may ask yourself if you own a milling factory in your house yet you only use electricity for domestic purposes only. The common cooking floor that everyone should be able to afford is now a precious commodity if you afford it, its price is almost twice the normal price it used to be, – I mean most people are living under a dollar bill a day-, gas prices keep fluctuating every now and then, private firms are overtaxed and the effect are felt by the employees; most of them are sent away from their jobs due to the firm’s low profit earnings and this  is seriously making it even unable to sustain its employees. This leads to the increasing rates of unemployment which lead to increased crooked ways of earning a living. Poor schools/education, roads, health and the mother of all, fighting against corruption has become a major issue; corruption has taken the lead. I am really sure that foreign investments are actually dropping. You can imagine all that injustice.

Shifting away from economic injustices, human injustices also exist and I may say that insecurity might be a big threat due to increasing unemployment rates as more people turn to crooked means of making money, someone could be killed at anytime and it will just go that way without any attention given to those who are affected or tying to follow up on the perpetrators. The courts could also be turning into money making schemes rather than fighting for ideal justice. My country is slowly turning into a ”money talk” nation? The wars between the three arms of the government sometimes leads to the citizens suffering in return. The in-fights at the legislature when they are trying to skew the constitution in one way or another so as to suit their needs really creates a lot of injustice to some parties and individuals. Slowly, a banana republic could be developing if we are not careful, it is a man eat man society and you one do not care what others feel if they are at the executing end. Have you ever heard someone being deported out of his own country where he is a citizen by birth? It has happened in my country, not once, but twice. There is also no freedom of the media to conduct their activities freely. Sometimes, I wonder why our constitution is structured in a rights based manner and with all sorts of freedom but in ideal, they are not just there as you can imagine…

Anyway, that should not discourage you from visiting my country, Kenya, its a beautiful place indeed. A coin usually have two sides and I was just trying to explain to you the other side of my  country that no one will tell you about. Perhaps when you visit Kenya thinking that you are going to see all this, you might not just see them or experience them but with time as you become assimilated into our culture, you might start to experience and see them in reality. To all Kenyans, lets embrace the virtue of goodness and love our country. It shall be great again when me and you come out to make it…

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An areal view of a section of Nairobi CBD

As always, God bless you.

Simon Ouma.