2015 Harmonised Draft Constitution

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It is an hour to midnight, I am dozing off on the couch, and on my left hand is a remote control while the other has the copy of the harmonised draft constitution. The blurring noise from KBC brings me back to my senses. The topic on the evening chat show is about the constitution. For the past two hours I have been trying to read through this humongous document with no success, it is just days to the deadline.

This scene has played over and over in the past one month with each time my mind racing around, back and forth from the constitution to other things of equal importance and to those that are controlled by nature, like sleep and reverie. Am reminded of the first eight weeks at the campus, though the desire to read would engulf me, there was just never a better reason to read, after all, exams were still weeks away.

I shut the telly and flip to the preface of the HD, only God knows how many times I have done that, I have never really had a chance to read past the preface. Am inclined to blaming the 844 systems, probably am too used to reading for exams, so much that my concentration is at its lowest when such issues of probable irrelevance are in my must do. After reading the preface for the umpteenth time, my mind wavers to my laptop. I remember that I do have a shorter edited version of the same draft sent to me by some wannabe Kenya-political spammers. A temptation guides me into looking at the Kiswahili translation of the same, but I win this time round. I open the pdf document, the Kenyan colours though not so enticing, they give me a reason enough to move the mouse.

Click, click and an am on the last page of the document, luckily it is a 23page document, reading from a computer has never been my favourite, but in such circumstances, it is the best. You can actually cover a whole book in one second by just clicking on the last page. The only word I remember seeing is the word PRIME. Am done reading, were it an exam, I would probably need sections of the draft scribbled on my thighs.

I click on the shutdown button and retire to bed. Hopefully I will have a better luck next time. I hereby promise myself to read the next Harmonised Draft, hopefully in 2015, my workload will be low.

My requests or recommendations for the next draft and to the Committee of Experts, is that the process ought to be split into two. One to cater for Political and Governance aspects of the constitution, the other to focus mostly on way of life. We would then have two separate drafts to read at different times. We would then easily pass into the constitution all those issues that are important and are less volatile but continue to suffer at the expense of politically charged clauses.

For the 2015 draft, let them set a mandatory examination to all Kenyans, especially those who went through the eight minus four minus four system. This will guarantee that we all read it. Let them allow us to use all necessary paraphanelia, mwakenya, to pass the exams. If need be, results from the political class should then be published for all to see.

My 2cents

Kenya's true devolution!

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what it was..

Office of the President
Office of the Vice President
Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development
Ministry of Education, & Science & Technology
Ministry of Energy
Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources
Ministry of Finance & Planning
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Information, Transport & Communications
Ministry of Labour & Human Resource Development
Ministry of Lands & Settlement
Ministry of Local Government
Ministry of Roads & Public Works
Ministry of Tourism, Trade & Industry

what it is now....

Attorney-General
Ministry Of State for Public Service
Ministry Of Agriculture
Ministry Of Co-Operative Development
Ministry Of Defence
Ministry of Development of Northern Kenya & Arid Lands
Ministry Of East African & Regional Co-Operation
Ministry Of Education
Ministry Of Energy
Ministry Of Environment & Natural Resources
Ministry Of Finance
Ministry Of Fisheries
Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
Ministry Of Forestry & Wildlife
Ministry of Gender and Children Affairs
Ministry Of Gender, Sports, Culture & Social Services
Ministry Of Health
Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
Ministry Of Home Affairs
Ministry Of Housing
Ministry Of Immigration & Registration Of Persons
Ministry of Industrialization
Ministry Of Information & Commnication
Ministry Of Justice & Constitutional Affairs
Ministry Of Labour
Ministry Of Lands
Ministry Of Livestock
Ministry Of Livestock & Fisheries
Ministry Of Local Government
Ministry of Medical Services
Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development
Ministry Of National Heritage
Ministry Of Planning & National Development
Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation
Ministry Of Public Works
Ministry Of Regional Development
Ministry Of Roads
Ministry Of Science & Technology
Ministry Of Special Programmes
Ministry Of State for Provincial Administration and National Security
Ministry Of Tourism
Ministry Of Trade & Industry
Ministry Of Transport
Ministry Of Water & Irrigation
Ministry Of Youth Affairs
Ministry of Youth and Sports Minister
Office Of The Deputy Prime Minister
Office of the President
Office Of The Prime Minister

Tribalism is the only way ...to save Kenyan soccer

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Today, August 8th 2009 brought an odd opportunity to watch a live match between AFC Leopards (aka Ingwe) and Gor Mahia (aka Kogalo). The occasion, was nostalgic, it was reminiscent of the yester-years when our local premier league was the in thing. The background beats from the Ingwe’s Isi~kitu drums and the Oporo(Vuvuzela) wails from the Kogalo crowd reminded me of my childhood. The Kenyan streets would be loud with GOR BIRO! YAWNE YOO! to the chagrin of MROOMBO AHOO wailers from Ingo. Newspaper cuttings of favorite Kenyan soccer players, Abbas Magongo, Obwaka, and Peter Dawo would beautify the walls of every household.

What went wrong?

Our fathers still remember the early years after Kenyan independence when tribal soccer reigned supreme in the country. Those were the success years in the history of our football. In April, 1963, the idea of clubs soccer became a reality when 10 clubs lined up for the inaugural championship. Nairobi with seven teams – Luo Union, Maragoli United, Marama, Nairobi Heroes, Bunyore, Kakamega and Samia Union – had the lion's share of the teams taking part in the league.

Coast Province provided two sides – Liverpool (later Mwenge) and Feisal – while Rift Valley had one team, Nakuru All-Stars to complete the original line-up. No teams were drawn from Nyanza, Western, Central and Eastern Provinces until later. Luo Union was the brainchild of the Oginga Odinga and represented members of the Luo community from what was then the North Nyanza district.

The same year saw a number of Luhya clubs, including Bunyore, Kakamega, Marama, Bunyatso, Samia Union and Bukusu Brotherhood merge to form Abaluhya United. Abaluhya represented the majority of football fans from the Luhya tribe. Maragoli FC represented members of the Maragoli community, a sub tribe of the Luhya.

Kenyan political scene that was characterized by the feuds between Oginga Odinga and Tom Mboya saw the split of the Luo teams into two. These two teams were later to reunite in 1968 to form Gor Mahia. In that, Kenyan soccer had two formidable tribal teams in the name of Gor Mahia and AFC. The Luo Community being represented by the Gor Mahia while the Abaluhya represented by the AFC. Tribal devotion to these two teams is traceable to present time and in those years could only be rivaled to the attachment the English have to Man. Utd, Arsenal and a host of English Premier league clubs.

Arap Moi in his unschooled wisdom banned tribal grouping during his first years in the helm. This had a little strain on these two teams. Further, the growth of the English premier League and the bickering in our local scene did no justice to our game. Majority of the clubs suffered from mismanagement and luck of adequate finances to remain relevant in a fast moving new order. The likes of Reunion and Shabana died quietly and are no longer household names. In the years that followed many corporate players entered the soccer field and sanctioned the birth of Mumias, Tusker, Sher, and KCB as the new kingpins in the game. However with the entry of these new teams, the fan base shrunk. Gate collection went to record low. Many players got disoriented playing for few coins in front of paltry crowds formed of their relatives, teammates and security guards. How do we go back in time and recover the lost glory that the Kenyan soccer once had?

I say we go tribal! If there is one thing that Kenyans stand to gain by being tribal, it is high standards of SOCCER. Our competitiveness in the political scene especially with tribe as a driving factor is enormous. Let’s harness this energy into building our soccer. In the past one month, most European leagues are on a break, the amount of dollar figures being exchanged for players are mind boggling. Imagine, just an eighth of those figures changing hands between Gor or AFC and Bolton Wanders. As a country we can build more roads, more stadiums and even schools if we take this route.

How do we achieve this? Each tribe should form a soccer team, for example; let’s have OGIEK FC, KIKUYU FC. Teams can even form alliances, such as KAMATUSA FC or GEMA FC. With this, we can dissolve all of the corporate sponsored teams; each of these companies would then pick a team from a pool of the tribal teams.

What do you think?

Kimani Maruge and VISION 2030: Reply to Mugo Kabati

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Kimani Maruge and VISION 2030: Reply to Mugo Kabati

The list of graveside heroes and heroines seems to grow each day in this country. The reverence of Dedan Kimathi, Bildad Kagia and many others while six feet deep is always a must use opportunity for our leaders and opinion shapers. One man getting such attention in death is none other than Kimani Maruge, world’s oldest pupil. May God rest his soul!

Mugo Kabati the Director General at the Vision 2030 has struggled to eulogize the once world’s oldest pupil and with lots of effort he managed to draw a parallel between Mzee Maruge’s life and that of Vision 2030. The article on the Sunday Nation August 30, 2009,”Murage’s life and lessons on overcoming odds goes a little short on drawing the full similarities between Murage’s ambition and that of V2030.

Mugo’s article is based on three points; First, Kenya has certainly had its fair share of achievements but more needs to be done, just as Maruge achieved a milestone as a freedom fighter during the colonial era but still went for formal education. Secondly he argues that there are setbacks that the country has faced comparable to Kimani being a widower and the subsequent death of his 10 children. The third point is that Maruge’s tenacity to overcome odds and challenges should be emulated in achieving the goals of this vision.

Allow me to take a divergent view of Maruge’s life and again draw similarities to that of Vision 2030. At 80yrs of age, this Mzee enrolled at primary school to study with grandchildren’s. Kenya is in more ways than not like the old Maruge—we are way past our school years and yet we spend so much time trying to learn instead of acting. How many vision papers are gathering dusts in govt’ shelves? 45yrs after independence we are still struggling with basics such as food, water, electricity just like Maruge was struggling with ABCD. Mugo Kabati believes that his grandiose outfit will aid us in learning how to pronounce food, water and electricity!

Years back Kenya was exporting expertise to Singapore in terms of technology exchange and administrative skills. In terms of growth, Singapore is far ahead of us. The same way we would compare another 84yr old take Michuki for instance Vis a Vis Maruge. Kimani would easily be said to be a missed opportunity. Countries of Kenya’s age are no longer putting up 30yr action plans; they are not enrolling 80yr olds into primary schools. They are reaping the benefits of good leadership and men of Maruge’s age are enjoying their advancement in age at government sponsored centers. It is a shame that Maruge was ever allowed into a primary school.

From the onset, I thought of Maruge’s idea of going back to school as untenable. It came late in the day. Mr. Kabati would agree that the success of any idea lays very much on its timing. As much as we would want to save face and take spaces in Guinness books of record, it was rather obvious that Maruge’s education was of little consequence and headed nowhere. NGOs made their kill in public relations gimmicks courtesy of Maruge but the truth will always be—he was headed nowhere. Vision 2030 is just like this idea…too late in the day. Late in two senses, it is yet to put motion into any tangible agenda since its inception and late in the basic sense of being time barred.

As a pupil, Maruge was a darling of the press, not so many standard two pupils get to enjoy so much coverage unless they are kidnapped, raped or killed. He at one point had the opportunity to visit America and lot of VIP treatment at public functions. Though his intentions might have been to be able to comprehend the bible, he got distracted. He became a public relation item. The more I think of it Vision 2030 is just like Maruge’s education… PR exercise with little visible achievements distracted in lots of forums, seminars and campaigns consuming billions of shillings hard earned by the struggling Kimanis and Maruges all over Kenya.

While launching V2030, it was said that ISIOLO would be one of the first towns to be made an economic zone complete with hotels, casinos, upscale retail shops, modern airports and transport facilities. Kibati should probably have used his space on the Nation to convince Kenyans that we are headed towards this direction and that the cattle rustling and insecurity in Isiolo district are as a results of economic positions owing to expected boom. Maruge died before he was able to read the bible, let’s hope this vision will not perish before Isiolo becomes our version of Las Vegas.

Over to Bwana Mugo Kabati (Director General, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat)