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Why I will vote for Peter Kenneth

25 May

Before I start

This is an intensely personal article.

For some time I have wrestled with whether to post such a patently political post on this blog. I have done so before, in August 2006 and December 2008, writing on tribalism and on what Obama’s chances would have been in Kenya.  I am first a Christian and only later a Kenyan. There are those who would say that a Christian should sit down and keep quiet about the evils going on in his/her country. Secondly, from what I have read about the Welsh Revival of 1904-5, from my study of church history and from personal conviction, I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be the greatest force for social change in any community. For this reason it is highly unlikely that I will ever seek political office. It is not my place.

On the other hand, it is also hypocritical of me to pretend to be apolitical for the sake of appearances when in fact this is not the case. Further, some of the greatest crusaders for social justice that this world has ever known have been Christians. I am reminded of William Wilberforce, a man whose conversion led to a lifelong crusade against slavery. I am reminded of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., who used his gifts for rhetoric to further the cause for racial equity in a racially-divided nation. It begins to seem to me that my silence would be an exacerbation of the problem. Our gifts are not given to us for nothing. If something I say, or something I write, can lead to the alleviation of a few of the many, many evils facing the nation of Kenya, then I ought to do it.

Along the way it is possible that I may make enemies. But I am determined that if somebody decides to be my enemy he/she will have to be very determined to remain so. On the other hand I must do my best to remain intractable as far as right, justice and progress for all the people of this nation are concerned. If this causes enmity, it is an enmity I must endure.

For these reasons I am now going on public record to back a Presidential candidate.

Achievements/Action

In enumerating the candidate’s actions, I am not going to go by anything he has told me, or by anything I have read. I would like to use the personal experiences of myself and others who have talked to me about him, as I feel this is more authentic.

The name Peter Kenneth began to mean more to me at a personal level in late 2009, when through sheer happenstance I had lunch with a colleague who happened to be a member of his CDF committee. This gentleman displayed such a depth of knowledge about the problems facing his constituency that I was astounded. We were specifically discussing how they were using CDF funds to improve education in Gatanga Constituency. The gentleman pointed out that Standard 7 boys were being hired to harvest fruit on farms at KES 100 or 200 (USD 1.20/2.40) per day. As a result these boys were skipping school – KES 100 is a small fortune for a child that age, living in Gatanga. That’s chips and a sausage every day, with some left over! So this gentleman was pointing out that it would be pointless to build classrooms at that stage, only for them to be empty. He said the first thing that needed to be sorted out was awareness as to why school was important, and making children aware that they were sacrificing long-term benefits for extremely short-term gains. This in-depth knowledge of the problems facing the constituents of Gatanga impressed me.

Some time later I spoke to a taxi driver who had worked on a USAID-funded program to assess the utilization of funds that had been spent by the Agency on education in several constituencies. He let me know that it took him and the person he was with around 1 week to cover 96 schools in Gatanga constituency. Skeptical, I have called him to confirm this (that is an astonishing rate of 19 schools per day) and he is adamant that they visited at least 16 schools per day. It took the same driver 3 weeks to cover the same number of schools in neighbouring Gatundu South, although it is a smaller constituency. Folks, I implore you not to take this as a mudslinging affair, but rather as an attempt to convey the honest opinion of a taxi driver. The fact is, this is not about the demigods and demagogues that have so far run this country. Rather, it’s about the taxi drivers, the vegetable stall owners and the shoe-polishers that make this country run. Their health, their wives’ health, and the education of and opportunities for their children matter above all else.

Lastly, I also spoke to yet another colleague who had worked in the Bermuda/Cayman Islands and had come home to settle down. He comes from the neighbouring Kandara constituency (again no mudslinging is intended here, friends). He informed me that at night he can tell where his constituency ends and where Peter Kenneth’s Gatanga constituency starts, because electricity (and therefore lighting) only goes up to the border of Gatanga and no further.

Accessibility

When you join Peter Kenneth’s Facebook page (if you join the right one!), you get weekly articles from him. I used that email address to repeatedly urge him to unite with (what I believed to be) other progressives like Professor James ole Kiyiapi and perhaps Mutava Musyimi and form one progressive ticket. I told him in no uncertain terms that politics in Kenya is tribal and to think he would make it on his own is to guarantee failure. I wrote to him several times without a response but one day he actually responded.

I wrote back:

He wrote back:

I was amazed that he could be so free with his phone number, and I wrote back telling him it was an honour to get it and that I appreciated the gesture. I was on assignment in Malawi at the time; so I told him that I’d call him when I got back. One day amidst my errands I tried to call the number (not very hopefully). His phone was off so I purposed to call later.

Wonder of wonders, I was sitting in a noisy Citi Hoppa coming from Eastlands, when a Presidential candidate dialled my number! This was epochal for me. He apologized for not being able to take my call, explaining that he’d been participating in a marathon and that as a result his phone had been switched off. We had a good long chat. He told me that he is not going to form any coalitions with anybody as this will (1) dilute his message and (2) compromise his ability to effect change due to the vested interests of those he would form coalitions with. He said he has a committee that is doing a (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats) SWOT analysis on him and finding out his weaknesses in order to identify a complimentary running mate. I began to think that if this man could run a CDF Committee as well as I have just explained, and if he could have another committee actually working on identifying his weaknesses in order to identify a running mate, then it was possible that this nation could benefit from seeing him in charge of a Cabinet.

Accountability

One thing that is a big pointer to the kind of man Peter Kenneth is, is that he has always paid his taxes. This criterion alone would eliminate most candidates at a stroke. Even those who have now paid taxes since this became an issue only did so as a PR exercise. It was not something they have consistently been doing, and in fact since that time a law has been passed for MPs’ taxes to be paid by the taxpayer (these kinds of absurdities we can do without!). As someone who has also had to make the same (extremely difficult) decision about whether to declare income (fully, correctly) and whether to pay my taxes (to a particularly corrupt, inept and inefficient Government), I salute Peter Kenneth for this, if nothing else. For me this decision was painful enough that I can remember exactly where I was when I made it. I was on or approaching that walkway outside Posta Sacco towers on University Way in Nairobi when I said in my heart, “Ok, God, because You said ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s’ I will pay my taxes, in obedience to You.” Speaking personally I only did it because of my faith; I cannot for the life of me tell how Mr Kenneth arrived at this same conclusion and level of integrity.

Among the things I asked Peter Kenneth was a rather difficult, touchy question about his links with Dr. Sally Kosgei, the current Minister for Agriculture. I believe that if someone puts himself forward to be a leader, he should be willing both to be asked and to answer these types of questions. So I asked him point-blank about allegations I had heard that he was at one time Sally Kosgei’s boy toy, and that this is how he obtained the Managing Director job at Kenya ReInsurance.

Peter Kenneth did not insult me. He did not call me names. He did not say I lacked respect for my elders, or dodge the matter by stating that my question was “not pertinent in the larger context”, even though to some extent this is true. He (1) actually replied to me and (2) told me that “even if I was (and I am not saying I was) if after 16 years people are talking about one woman, that is a very good record”. Frankly that he replied my question at all shows what the man is made of. We have tried asking other candidates rather more germane questions regarding their candidatures and/or past conduct and mostly what we get is a stony silence or a tongue-lashing from either them and/or their followers that does not answer the question. That to me does not represent being accountable to the public.

Conclusion

Because of his achievements (which I did not hear from him, but from people on the ground), because of his accessibility to me, a common citizen, and because of his honest accountability, I consider Peter Kenneth to be the most viable candidate for President in the next general election. It is foolhardy to support most politicians, and perhaps some scepticism still persists among the people. But assuming he remains consistent in his message, continues to prove that he is untainted (I am more than willing to ask him any question on this matter and I can relay his response), and maintains a forward-thinking outlook, I intend to vote for him.

I wish every citizen of this nation was able to write 1,400 honest, heartfelt words about their preferred Presidential candidate. Or even 200 words. But honest words. Heartfelt words. Objective words. Un-tribal words.

This nation would be a better place, if we could.

And we can.

All comments – including dissenting views! – are welcome.

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227 Comments

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Politics

 

227 responses to “Why I will vote for Peter Kenneth

  1. jose

    May 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I have been thru that area, heading for the Ndakaini Marathon in years past, and it is true; you can tell just by driving through when you have crossed from the neighbouring constituency(ies) into Gatanga. The smoothness of the roads, the quality of the buildings, the…”je-ne-sais-quoi” of the area in general. I know people from the area who sit in the CDF committees and who make decisions about their home area, which is a testament to Mr Kenneth’s ability to tap into others and achieve something collectively.

    I admire you for putting your stand out there in a most articulate post. Mr Kenneth will face many challenges to convince the electorate that he ought to be the captain of their ship, the first being the fact of his ethnicity. But if he has a team made up of persons as committed and as articulate as you are, then his campaign is heading in the right direction.

    I can’t say right now which way my vote will go, but I’d like to hear and see a lot more from Peter Kenneth. His campaign has been rather quiet in Nairobi. Or then again maybe it is me who is not blocking out the thunder to hear the proverbial still, small voice.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Jose,

      Thanks very much for your comment – it was the first! Thank you for your compliments as well.

      I find it interesting that you can tell simply by driving through the constituency the quality of Mr Kenneth’s representation. This corroborates what the taxi driver was saying.

      I encourage you to vote for Mr Kenneth. Every 5 years we have the opportunity to say the way we think the country should be run. I believe this country would be much better off under his leadership.

       
  2. johny2345

    May 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    i have followed Kenneth for sometime and am almost convinced i could vote for him.. if only he came out strongly that he’s serious about being president. i’m impressed that once again he’s accounted for every shilling of his CDF funds. but then again that is his home area… has he shows that he equally cares for the rest of kenya?

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Appreciate your comment Johny!

      As mentioned to Jose, there will be an official launch of his Presidential campaign once there is a Kenya National Congress (KNC) office in each county.

      With regard to his concern for the rest of Kenya, this is a valid concern. At a meeting with the candidate on Wednesday 23rd May 2012, we had in attendance a gentleman who had travelled all the way from Western Province. This man expressed his thanks to Mr Kenneth for coming all the way to Western to support Dr. Boni Khalwale in the Ikolomani by-election. He said that by this he knew that Mr Kenneth was not just a tribal fellow and he said they had identified and secured two offices in the area for KNC to work out of (which drew applause). I believe that Peter Kenneth has a national outlook (for example he has said he wants a polytechnic in each county). However after 3 defective, narrow-in-interest Presidencies in a row, voter doubts are entirely understandable.

      Maybe if we flip the question the other way around it can help us understand: on what basis can people who have done little or nothing for even their own people be trusted to do anything for the nation at large?

       
    • jose

      May 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

      The manner in which he managed Kenya Re and KFF hint that his agenda is broader than his ethnicity.

      Maybe the answer to johny’s question is to give the man a chance to replicate nationally what he has done in Gatanga. None of the other candidates have done in their homegrounds what this man has done, none of the mainstream contenders have convinced that they serve a larger constituency than their own narrow interests. In this sense, Peter Kenneth stands out as he has demonstrated what the collective can achieve if they are focused and honest.

      Should he fail to demonstrate that he cares equally for the rest of the land, we retain the vote to show him the door in 5 yrs.

       
  3. Justus

    May 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    First i am glad to read this post because for once we seem an argument for a candidate on no-tribal grounds. Many times i have seen many people argue for certain candidates, on grounds of ‘nationalism’ but hidden in tribe. This happens when someone from the ‘side of the political divide’ that he/she supports is involved in a scandal. I think PK is a great man and even the assessment by NTA shows CDF usage in his constituency is the best in the country based on the sample selected. I think one of the challenge that PK will face is convincing that man in the ‘village’ who does not see his ‘tribesman/woman’ in PK’s team. I think the people of this country needs to start looking at people as individuals and not necessary who is with me. I think the next 3-4 months will give a clear picture of where are heading.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Justus,

      Lamentably, tribe will be the elephant in the room when politics is discussed for the foreseeable future. However I think the move to issue-based politics starts with you and me. In fact, I believe we are RESPONSIBLE for beginning an issue-based discussion. We claim to have been educated in this nation’s best universities and to have a deep understanding of the facts at hand. In that case, we ought to be the most rational sector of the electorate. Sadly this is not so, but it can start to be, if we influence those within our sphere to think rationally and objectively.

       
  4. Vince

    May 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Very well articulated article. The message from the 3 respondents above is in congruence. I agree with you all that the fellow needs to come out strongly. It goes without saying that PK is undoubtedly (atleast to my eyes) the best leader this country needs. But he has one heck of a task to convince people to actually vote for him despite his unmatched track record. Whether we like it or not, we have a great deal of swing votes in Kenya and people will not want to waste their votes on PK if it is clear to them that he will not win – much as they would want to vote for him. I think he has done a great job in convincing the electorate why they should vote for him but I strongly feel he needs to now come out to the grassroots, youth, business community etc guns blazing and prove to all that he WILL WIN THE PRESIDENCY. That way people will vote for him in confidence. He needs to create the same euphoria that Obama created – one that will make it clear to all that he is the man to liberate this country.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Vince,

      First of all I appreciate your taking the time to comment on the post, and thank you for your compliments.

      Your comments as regards Peter Kenneth coming out strongly have been taken into consideration. As I have informed the other respondents, there will be an official launch of Peter Kenneth’s presidential campaign once his party, the Kenya National Congress, has opened party offices in each county. Remember this is a long haul, with elections set for March 2013. There are 10 months to d-day.

      I appreciate your comment on the swing votes. A candidate of Mr Kenneth’s stature and track record needs those kind of votes. It is sad that people want to be able to say “I voted for the winner” only for the elected party to show who the real winner was once they are in power. We need to start voting for people who can do a credible job of leading the nation/county/constituency/ward. Sooner, rather than later.

      The campaign team has a strategy no doubt, but your input is also more than welcome – how can euphoria be created?

       
  5. kidiwa joakim

    May 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    loved the article,and agree with the correspondence, consider me ,while i am totally convinced i will not vote for the main contenders out there the reason before this article i would never have considered peter kennet is simply becoz am convinced hell loose,i think he should have done more to create a euphoria around himself a liitle more flair maybe in reaching out to people who he would consider his likely voters like us,esp in Nairobi, not many people even know where Gatanga constituency is

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Hey Joakim,

      Thank you for commenting and for your kind compliments about the article.

      As pointed out on Facebook and here below, it is sad that people would rather vote for “looting winners” than the more helpful candidates. Then we will no doubt proceed to complain loudly when these people line stuff their pockets at our expense.

      You and I ought to know better. We are well educated, we are (supposed to be rational) and we can see things for what they really are.

      You’re the second gentleman to mention the word “euphoria” and you are right, not many people know where Gatanga even is! A lot more needs to be done to publicize Mr Kenneth’s candidacy. On that we are in total agreement. And more will be done. But euphoria is not greater than rationality and objectiveness – as our past electoral history should show.

       
  6. Jack

    May 27, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Nice article. Loved reading it, and loved the fact that the guy gave you a call back.
    It is interesting that you raise the issue about PK , i for one have been a strong proponent of his candidacy. He comes out as a much less polarizing figure, articulate and well-spoken. The kind of leader Kenya needs. And i see you also talk about his CDF record, which i must say is very impressive. Having said all that, i am faced with the stark reality of whether he can actually be elected! I know , we say each vote counts, but at the same we also know politics is a game! and sadly so..! the qualities that make PK the leader we need are not the same ones that get you voted in , unfortunately! . Politics is as much about perception as it is about ‘Qualities”. I will give you an analogy of how perception plays into the Psyche of the masses. The state of California always records poor voter turn-out simply because they are always like 3 hours behind other major states time zones, so most voters just check the results from other states and decide whether to vote or not…..very simplistic yeah..but if you think about it their reasoning is ‘our candidate is already winning most states, so why bother voting?’ Take this simple analogy and think of PK, when the masses see Raila, Ruto, UK, et. al addressing mass rallies their conclusion is one of these guys will win and not PK, so why waste the vote on PK , why not just abstain from voting?
    The same dilemma also faces third party in the US, there are those who do not lean democrat or Republican. The 3rd party candidates are always very reasonable guys, think of Ralph Nader, Rose Perot etc, but they never win. So you end up with a disenfranchised group of voters who believe the best candidate never had a fair shot. Another good example is Ron Paul who is a Libertarian, but he has been trying to get the republican nomination but in vain. My point is, As much as i love PK , i am sadly not very optimistic about his chances. THink about it, i LOVE not like PK, but i DO NOT know what party is running on ! maybe that’s just apathy on my part! but again maybe there are hundreds of thousands like myself who wonder the same. The other sad truth is that winning an election needs alot of Money, is PK’s purse big enough? Lets not kid ourselves he will need something close to a 1B to mount a challenge, because he needs massive campaigns for people in the villages to get to know who Peter Kenneth IS! What apparatus does he have on the ground. People Forget One reason Obama won was because of the MASSIVE grassroot campaign machine they had, and that was alot of dollars!
    But again i wish not for PK to step down , i want to see him mount a challenge and i want to see him debate ideas with the other candidates. Maybe its the contrarian part of me that wants to see him mount a credible challenge. But can he win…i wish i could say say he can….Not very Optimistic. Wish him well and hope there was a way i could be of help to him.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Doctor Jack!

      Thank you for your detailed comment – I have refrained from replying to your comment because it deserves especial treatment. Thanks also for your compliments with regard to the article. Concerning Mr Kenneth’s call-back, he’s just that kind of a man.

      As I have said in other comments, the first (and easier) task is to convince what is supposed to be the more rational section of the voting population. This is not pride/high-handedness; I am merely pointing out that by virtue of our supposedly “higher” education, etc we ought to be more enlightened. Sadly this is not always the case, but one can at least try. I could not put it better: “The qualities that make PK the leader we need are not the same ones that get you voted in”. That is exactly the case – for a certain type of voter.

      (By the way there is a spirited effort to capture the diaspora’s vote in the Kenneth campaign.)

      My now stock reply for the kutupa kura argument is this: why vote for the winner, when the winner is known to be a looter of public funds, and is in some cases actually due an appearance in The Hague to answer accusations of crimes against humanity? What is the point of saying that “kura yangu ilishinda” only to suffer personally and complain bitterly over the next half a decade whilst the candidate feathers the nests of himself and his cronies (not even his tribe’s nest) with your hard-earned taxes?

      I tend to think that euphoria, or more accurately misplaced euphoria, is overrated and can actually be dangerous. Did you know, for example, that per the Githongo Report (downloadable here) the first payment to an Anglo-Leasing type company by the NARC Government was paid on May 29th, 2003? That is just 5 short months after the euphoric scenes in Uhuru Park that felt almost like a second Independence Day for this nation. Nearly 10 years later I can still recall the delicious feeling I had when the President-elect proclaimed: “Corruption shall CEASE to be a way of life in this country.” Five months later, an eye-watering KES 4.27B was paid to Midland Bank (per today’s rates), the first in a depressingly long list of larcenous payments to shadowy entities. We have to be careful about euphoria.

      On the other hand if a euphoric, snowball effect is needed to sway the masses, one can only hope that it can be brought into play. I was not aware that the State of California doesn’t vote because most results are already out. But it is true, many people think like that, and it is amazing just how accurate Scripture is when it calls us sheep. There is a herd mentality that can (and has been) very injurious. I would say euphoria be used secondarily, but not primarily, especially for the right-thinking individual.

      My take is that it starts with one. Obama was simply a good speechmaker before the 2008 Democratic nomination race. Now he is President. Of the United States. A black man. Even if his term ends this November (2012) we will still be marvelling at the magnitude of that particular achievement. We have an outstanding candidate for the Kenyan Presidency in Peter Kenneth. Can’t we pull off something similar?

      Regarding Peter Kenneth’s kitty: Some have told me that Peter Kenneth has a sizable kitty (based on media reports about it, and the fact that he makes quite liberal use of a helicopter to get around these days). I really don’t know, I’d have to ask him. I tend to think more than KES 1 billion is needed.

      The party you’re looking for is the Kenya National Congress.

      How to help: One way you can help is to volunteer for his campaign (as I have). Feel free to sign up on his website and say whether you would want to assist in strategy, in diaspora mobilization, etc. Personally I thought the least I could do after complaining loud and long about the problems bedevilling this country is to write. If something else can be done I will try to do it.

      Thanks again.

       
      • Jack

        May 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        Well put sir.
        Just checked the website.Is there a law in Kenya that requires candidates to declare the source of their campaign contributions ? if not do you think PK can lead the way by letting the public know who is funding the campaign. Similar to what they do here in the US. You are allowed access to see every tom , dick and harry making contributions to each candidate. I think that’s a 1st major step towards corruption free campaigns. And if that information is available it could actually be plus to his campaign financing. Think about it, the fact i can actually see that a “common” mwananchi like “Juma Kazungu” contributed contributed KES. 1000. makes another common man want to send in KES.1000. and in the process the campaign gets owned by the grassroots. Just a thought.

        Otherwise i like your commitment to the cause of PK.

         
        • JANE

          November 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

          I really love the way issues r being articulated here. To be sincere I had the same train of thoughts as Jack. I however believe P.K stands a better chance if things are done right. I am convinced that if the common mwananchi contributes to his election campaign then we have already began fighting corruption. He the president will owe everything to the mwananchi. I also believe that change starts with me. If i can convince one person to change their mindset on elections in Kenya then I played my part and won the battle no matter how small I start..

           
          • Chrenyan

            November 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

            Hi Jane,

            To begin with, let me appreciate your taking the time to write in. Thank you and thanks for the compliment! 🙂 We writers like it when someone compliments our work.

            I also thank you for your honesty. I will respond to say: we are the voters. If we don’t believe that we can put the right people in power, then that is a major failing. I like how you put it: contributing to his campaign is fighting corruption. And yes – change starts with me!

            So let’s network and spread the word until there is no other name on people’s lips come March 4th. It is high time that we took our country back – and we must take it, it will not just come back to us by itself.

            Once more, asante sana.

             
  7. KC Rottok

    May 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Wow, am amazed he availed his number to you!

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks KC,

      That’s the kind of man Mr Kenneth is. In fact he was telling us that he’s never had to change his number (something that I know at least one of the top-6 politicians in the country did after the last election).

      I know that he will be in SA at some point, I will try to keep The Expatriate Magazine posted on the “when and where” of that particular trip.

       
  8. Kiprono Felix Kiptum

    May 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Sam,

    The Bible shows God on several ocassions playing politics – as depicted in 1st Samuel 16. Politics is important because from politics we get policies and public programmes, through which our whole lot can be improved. Christians should therefore embrace politics, and secure good political leadership for the country.

    I sadly admit that I lack a political party. I cannot tell the difference between all our parties other than the candidates that are using them as vehicles for re-election. It is thus very hard to find a good basis for choosing or rejecting any leader.

    In one of his campaigns J.F. Kennedy asked voters not to waste their votes either by voting FOR him, or against him on account of the colour of his skin or because he was a catholic. I hope Mr. Keneth will find the courage to seek only the votes that are congruent with his vision for Kenya. I can only wish him well in his political enterprise.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Felix!

      Great to hear from you, and at last a comment on the first couple of paragraphs 🙂

      God did involve Himself in politics, but one might argue that Israel’s case was unique as God was meant to be their King (I Samuel 8:7). However I do see the point that a lot of public good can be achieved through the right kind of politics. Which politics this is, however, is a major bone of contention, even among believers.

      Nobody can blame you for lacking a political party after what this nation has been through! I agree with JFK that those are not valid reasons for voting, although sadly they seem to be just the types of reasons that people do vote for.

      I urge you to do more than wish Mr Kenneth well, and actually support him with your vote. More than this, the campaign could do with more than a few of your most excellent ideas on ground-level development (e.g. micro-hydroelectric power projects, and wind energy). Please feel free to contribute them via the campaign website.

       
  9. joycemwangi

    May 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    This is a very interesting article Samuel. I must say i am a fan of Peter Kenneth specifically because of his CDF track record and having visited the constituency to see for myself.

    Be that as it may, as has been said by others commenting on this article, I am yet to understand his political campaign and exactly what it is he wants. I feel he hasn’t yet come out clearly for me and i wish he could. Most of the times i feel he is in defense mode and out to prove himself on the standards of the politicians who have been there and been embroiled in all manner of scandals and public thuggery.

    On the idea of merging with Ole Kiyapi and Mutava, them whom you termed as “progressive”….i would appreciate a qualification for that term.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Joyce,

      You ALWAYS comment, and for that I’m grateful.

      There is a legitimate concern that the campaign is not being seen and heard as much as it should. On Monday I was excited to see Peter Kenneth’s campaign mentioned in the Daily Nation print edition only to find a snippet about the size of an editorial correction notice! However, this is a long-haul campaign. There are roughly 10 months to D-Day as I have earlier said; secondly there is a nationwide effort to put Kenya National Congress offices in each county prior to an official launch.

      As for the other “progressives”, I had to say exactly what I told Peter Kenneth at the time. Note the motivation for my advice (sadly) was tribal mathematics. I am no longer advancing those kinds of arguments, and also I have qualified the term.

       
  10. Joshua Limo

    May 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Am convinced that, PK is a great man with great capacity that this country would need,,, I’m personally impressed of his accountability to his people (Gatanga) and my say is “We need this Country wide” we need PK.. PK Only stretch forth and build strength and come fully to the public. Sir this is my appeal coz we need such men.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Joshua,

      I sincerely appreciate your comment and its objectivity. This nation needs more men like you! Thank you very much and I will do my best to see that Peter Kenneth reads this article and all the comments, including your own.

       
  11. kioge

    May 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Great writing

    What!!i just wish kenyans wld be honest to themselves..PK is the man that our country kenya needs,..How come his tenure KFF is hardly highlighted in his rhapsodies,I think he did very well.

    I honestly think he is the man we need.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 31, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Hi Kioge!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, and for your compliment.

      I too wish we would just see what was right in front of our eyes. He usually says his tenures at KFF, Kenya Re and as Asst. Minister in the Ministries of Finance and now Planning have spoken for themselves. He is what the nation needs, but the nation is as yet unaware of this.

      Spread the word…

       
  12. Zack Mukewa (@UrbaneKenyan)

    May 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Decent chap PK is and decent piece you have here for your reasons. He is one of those I look at favourably. Yet to interact with him and share insight as you have. I hope s many candidates can be ready to.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 31, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Hi Zack,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and for your compliments.

      If I hear of a forum that you can attend I will try and remember to let you know. Alternatively you can sign up as a volunteer on his website; there are meetings from time to time. The most recent one was Wednesday 23rd May 2012, where for the first time I got to speak to him face to face. He remembered our email interactions, by the way, and was happy to put a face to my name. Like I said – accessibility.

       
      • Zack Mukewa (@UrbaneKenyan)

        May 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        Thanks. Looking forward to hosting him on Entrepreneurs Cafe soon. Will assess his ability there. Follow @MaishaMapya for details.

         
  13. David M

    May 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I think that the question of this election is one of national identity and tribalism as opposed to corruption.

    By this yardstick, Hon. R. A. Odinga is the better choice of leader to elect in the upcoming ballot.

    Otherwise stated, we as Kenyans need to accept that leaders can come from all parts of Kenya. Lack of resolution on this issue is an underlying fault line which Kenya sits on as a nation and has the rare opportunity to deal with during this election cycle.

    Corruption is a non-issue compared to national identity because Kenya survived 24 years of corruption under Moi and 10 under Kibaki (Angloleasing, CMC etc). I also think that corruption has already been dealt a significant body blow in the new constitution. This however does not mean that corruption at any level or by anybody should be condoned.

    Raila’s track record on national issues has been consistent ever since he joined politics viz Multiparty activism pre-’92, the NDP pullout from Kanu, ‘Kibaki tosha’, the Mau, the new Constitution and his acceptance of the Premiership in 2008 for the sake of national peace.

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Hi David,

      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment. Thank you also for having the boldness to state your case clearly.

      I must be frank. It is not right to say that corruption is a non-issue. Even when compared to national identity. Under Moi’s regime, the shilling was devalued by at least 10 (it is galling to think that he continues to earn a salary as ex-President after such spectacular incompetence). Now, imagine if your current salary was divided by 10, and you were expected to continue living on it. Meanwhile the Moi family alone was making off with 1 billion pounds, per The Kroll Report. Our parents survived this – just. But is this fair? Is this a non-issue?

      In a December 2011 article, the East African Standard estimated the amount of Kenyan capital illegally stashed away in 40 tax havens to be KES 566 billion. By way of comparison, Kenya’s entire external debt in 2008 is estimated in the same article to be KES 662 billion. In other words, we only have to borrow because we are corrupt – we could show some of these so-called “development partners” the door if we were more honest. Corruption is an issue. A big issue. The biggest.

      It is all very well for you and I to surmise about national identity. Think about the guy who walks from Kibera to Industrial Area 6 days a week. Remember, there is no guarantee of work at the end of his crack-of-dawn odyssey. If he does happen upon work, it is likely to be hard, manual labour. His paltry daily wage does not afford him the luxury of lunch, for his family must eat that evening, and rent for his single-room, bedsheet-partitioned, no-bathroom, no-toilet, mud-walled shack must be paid at the end of the month. And the reward for a hard day’s work is another long slog back home, and the slender hope that “Kesho Muhindi atanipatia kazi tena.” He may well be disappointed on the morrow, in which case he will wend his disappointed way home, hoping his wife will have found somewhere to wash clothes. Neither they nor their children have medical cover. They have no life insurance, no savings, and their children depend on free primary education. They will think about secondary education when the time comes.

      If this nation did more for its people than rob them blind, ignore their needs, and steal their taxes, folks like the gentleman outlined above (and there are millions like him) would love their nation more, and a national identity would cease to be a topic of discussion, even. It would come naturally. The route to national identity is not via a larcenous tribal merry-go-round. National identity will be a given if this nation can put someone in power whose (1) policies and (2) stance against corruption can help the millions like him.

      It is my contention that Peter Kenneth is that kind of leader.

      Speaking specifically about Raila, I voted for the man in 2007, having been turned off President Kibaki forever by a perusal of The Githongo Dossier. But the fact of the matter is that Raila is where he is now through bloodshed. The Presidency is not worth the blood of a single Kenyan. Yet Raila is Prime Minister now by virtue of the blood of over one thousand Kenyans. Raila should have had the statesmanship to say, “Wananchi, kura tumeibiwa. Uchaguzi umechafuka. Lakini waKenya wenzetu wanakufa, na haifai. Wacha tuweke panga zetu chini. Tuweke rungu zetu chini, tuache kupigana na ndugu zetu. Tukubaliane tuweke silaha zetu chini, na kwa nguvu za Mungu tutang’ang’ana tena 2012.” He would be a shoo-in now. Avoid the man that is unmoved by the death of his own citizens, and in fact uses it for his own advancement! Since that time, he has succeeded in further besmirching his record with (1) the Maize and (2) the Kazi kwa Vijana scandals. As you correctly point out, there is some good to him (his all out attack on cowboy contractors, his no-nonsense dealing with houses built on road reserves, his stance on the Mau, etc). But he does not represent the way forward for this country, in my view.

       
      • Don

        November 8, 2012 at 2:30 am

        I just want to say one thing about the Kazi kwa Vijana “scandal” If you are a sincere person, you should not use that to discredit Raila. I don’t know about the Maize scandal so I will not speak about that. Peter Kenneth said that he is not in the running to discredit other contestants and I believe that you should not try to do that on his behalf either. It is far much better to stick to issues unless you have proof that some scandals took place. Now I am not going to speak about the maize scandal because I know nothing about it and nobody came up to explain what happened and how that went about. Neither am I here to defend Raila because I do not know if he is clean or not. Raila spoke to the parliament publicly about the Kazi Kwa VIjana program. What he explained made me understand how people in parliament operate. It was during the height of the G7 alliance. Most of the people who blamed Raila on this issue were actually in charge of monies that were disbursed to them through what Raila called the line ministries. He was not in charge of any money and most of the money was actually disbursed through the Finance docket directly to the ministries involved. What Raila said is that if any money was lost, then the ministries involved should be the ones to be asked about that. Immanently he said that, the people who were in his case stopped going after him in parliamentary. The only person who was left going after him on the floor of the house was Eugene Wamalwa and at that time he was not a minister. Wamalwa was left alone and the other guys went mum. Why? because they tried to pull Raila in the mud and he threw the mud back at them. He also had a letter from the World Bank and the IMF which actually exonerated him from any wrong doing. He was saying that I supervise and coordinate ministries and do not touch any money. Money is sent to the ministries directly. Thus if any money is lost then the ministries should be asked to explain that. I think that people should use facts and not fables. If we are going to change this nation, let us not point fingers. Instead let us get the right people elected and then fix the problems that exist. I like Peter Kenneth. I think he should be given a chance to lead this country. I don’t think however that Peter Kenneth wants to get involved in the blame game. He wants to fix what ails this country. I also think that without fact, when we blame other people, we will probably begin to alienate friendly prospective Peter Kenneth votes that might still have a soft spot for Raila. Am not saying that we should not point out scandals. If we do, lets have verifiable facts to prove that the scandal actually happened. That’s why I am not talking about the maize scandal.

         
        • Chrenyan

          November 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

          Hi Don,

          First of all, thank you for your long, detailed, and factual comment. I really appreciate your writing in and giving your honest opinion on the matter.

          Now, I think you are right. The Kazi kwa Vijana scandal should not be used to discredit Raila. If the facts are that the money was disbursed directly to line ministries and that he even has a letter from the World Bank/IMF exonerating him, I fully agree with you on that, and I will not mention it against him again.

          With regard to not pointing fingers, here I will diverge from your point of view a little bit. We have more than 10 candidates for President. Comparisons must necessarily be made. I toyed with the idea of writing why I would not vote for the other candidates, but I thought it would be too divisive. I thought it would be better to state why I will vote for Peter Kenneth. In all of my analysis, I have tried to be fair. I have dealt with Mr Kenneth’s flaws both in the article and in the comments section in an honest manner, mainly: (1) any dalliance he might have had with Sally Kosgei and (2) the source of his wealth. After I posted the article, commenters mentioned Raila (among other candidates) and I did my best to make it clear why I will not vote for him. Those reasons still stand. Remember I voted for him in 2007, as I have said elsewhere on this page, and I would repeat that (if Kibaki was running again) because I will never vote for Kibaki after the betrayal I have outlined in the article The Kenya We Lost. But when I compare Raila Odinga to Peter Kenneth, Peter Kenneth comes out on top. I believe that is a fair and objective analysis.

          With regard to having a soft spot for Raila, I would like to ask you to examine WHY you have a soft spot for Raila.

          I honestly think it is dangerous to have a soft spot for any politician. I might have liked Kibaki in 2002, but I ditched him in 2007, and I still would not vote for him in 2013 for reasons outlined in the article I mentioned earlier. If, for example, Peter Kenneth were to enter into a coalition with any of the top 5 Presidential candidates, or even with Martha Karua, I would drop him like a hot iron.

          I believe that we must each, individually, have a set of internal moral principles/values against which we measure any candidate who wants to stand up and lead us. I further believe that when the evidence shows that this person is no longer fit to lead according to these moral principles, then we must either stop supporting them, or admit to ourselves that we have compromised our principles.

          It is that simple.

          Thanks once again for commenting, Don. Speaking personally, I’ve found this discussion very useful.

           
  14. Ambrose Wamwere

    May 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

    You are spot on my friend, it is highly time that we, Kenyans choose carefully before we vote in our leaders! Where i think we go wrong is the fact that we are too more concerned about who are our tribal kings and we follow them blindly. Those Kenyans who have never visited Gatanga, i wish they can get a chance and see for themselves the work done there. I personally come from Kandara constituency which borders Gatanga and it is like two different worlds. Kandarians just envy what Gatangarians have with hope that one day we will have a leader like PK..

     
    • Chrenyan

      May 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Ambrose,

      Very kind of you to stop by! Thanks for your comment. Your on-the-ground knowledge of what has happened in Gatanga is one of the things that inspired me to put up this post.

      Yes, tribe is a big issue, but hopefully we can overcome that by reasoned, civil discourse. If anyone’s candidature is legitimized solely by tribe, it’s because they have nothing else to offer (and quite possibly a lot more to hide).

      Aluta continua.

      Spread the word…

       
  15. Allan !

    June 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I agree with you and all who say that he is most likely the best candidate of the lot to lead the country. In a way he reminds me of Tom Mboya from the little I know about him in his vision, energy and (hopefully) boldness. The fact that he called you and actually answered some of your uncomfortable questions shows a man of great character.

    Question – what do you think should take priority, the validation of some of the larger tribes in Kenya or the economic improvement of all Kenyans by a leader regardless of their last name.

    Personally I think the validation needs to occur first and the economic empowerment second. For those reading please try to to dismiss this idea as backward as I am also highly educated and have lived overseas (Australia) for over a decade now. From my observations of life in this side of the world, the validation needs to come first to strengthen the foundation on which Kenya will grow. With Peter Kenneth, I feel the question is more when rather than if.

    I would vote for Raila this time round more because he is the most suitable candidate (even though there might be a more qualified candidate). Corruption will not go away, it will simply take a different form, people who would today enter politics will instead start a hedge fund and the man from Kibera will progressively deal with not being able to afford fare to and from work daily to overcrowded public transport to expensive fuel for his car. I feel that if he is going through this evolution as a bona fide (validated) member of the community, then the future with the new problems it will bring will be easier to navigate.

    Please be gentle in your responses and try address the issue raised as opposed to where it is coming from

     
    • David M

      June 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Allan, spot on!! On validation first and empowerment second. And the fact that with Peter Kenneth it is a matter of when rather than if.

       
    • Chrenyan

      June 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Hey Allan,

      Thanks for (1) taking the time to write, and (2) finding the courage to give a dissenting view. Not sure why there aren’t more, particularly thought I’d hear from those who support Martha Karua.

      I believe that the economic improvement of all Kenyans by a leader regardless of their last name should take precedence over the validation of the larger tribes in Kenya (especially the Luo), because the former will lead to the latter. Allow me to explain.

      The reason why tribes end up feeling “left out” is because the Presidency in this country has been sorely misused by all three of our Presidents to hand out economic favours to friends. In some cases, it has even been used to perpetrate the economic marginalization of “opposition tribes”.

      Apart from stealing vast tracts of land in Coast, Central, Nairobi, and Rift Valley provinces, President Kenyatta also oversaw a lot of the land allocation in Rift Valley that led to the clashes in 1992, 1997 and most recently in 2008. President Moi took the dark arts of grand larceny to a whole new level, rewarding illiterate tribesmen with plum jobs, looting parastatals, and continuing the gross evil of allocating vast tracts of land to self and crony. As I have said in another comment, the Kroll Report estimates that the Moi family alone stole 1 billion pounds. The amounts that were salted away through chronic cronyism during his reign (Goldenberg, etc) beggar all belief. We all thought President Kibaki’s reign would be different. Instead, said reign has coincided with a number of disgraceful scandals, not least the infamous Anglo Leasing. Let me dwell on this one just a bit. In just 8 months, and in the first year of his reign (May 2003 – January 2004), this scandal resulted in a KES 21 billion take-home for the looters (approximately USD 244M). In addition President Kibaki has appointed his own cronies to plum jobs in such fashion that it has led to the emergence and growth of groups like the Mombasa Republican Council.

      The net effect of these Presidencies is the partially correct perception that the Presidency results in unfair, but useful benefits for the President’s tribe.

      (Aside: Let me explain that “partially correct” qualification. This perception is only partially correct in that it has not been, it has never been, and it will never be the whole tribe that benefits from a President’s largesse. To this day the Mau Mau remain unrewarded for their heroic struggle for Independence, which injustice is itself the substance for an entire article. Suffice it to say that Kenyatta was always against the Mau Mau even as the Mbiyu Koinanges of this world acquired vast wealth for themselves under his regime. Kibaki’s Presidency has also not led to growth and progress for all Kikuyus without exception. That is why many Kikuyu feel hurt that people consider them as having benefited from Kibaki’s Presidency when in fact only a cosseted few have. But this is lost on the vast majority of the Kenyan voting populace; from the outside looking in, things look very rosy when one’s tribesman is in power.)

      As a result of all this, Kenyans suffer from a bad case of the worst kind of “trickle-down economics”, where we believe if mtu wetu is in power, watu wetu will benefit in terms of:

      1. Appointments to positions of power (qualifications, or lack thereof, notwithstanding)
      2. The ill-gotten gains of corruption (we are now at the point where corruption is ONLY wrong if “the other side/tribe” is doing it, but it is fine if “we” are doing it).

      Thus, at the bottom of it all, the issue of the Presidency is an economic issue. The validation of which you speak is, at its core, a fundamentally economic issue. People feel left out because their roads have not been repaired. They feel left out because qualified tribespeople are overlooked for plum government positions. They feel left out because they don’t have a distant relative they can ask for a favour when they have a legitimate land dispute, yet their neighbour from another tribe might. They feel left out because key ministries have been distributed to the President’s cronies. They feel left out, disenfranchised and like (what David has called) “second class citizens” because development in “other regions” is moving at a far faster pace. They feel left out because they read that the President’s cronies are stealing billions, and nothing has been done to them. They actually want a piece of the action.

      We have got to get off this particular merry go-round. We’re on it, it is whirling around at ever more dizzying speeds, and it will suck us all into a destructive vortex unless we make conscious effort on our part. The solution is not to allow yet another tribe/set of tribes to insert their hands in the national kitty, to the detriment of all others while they’re in power. We simply can’t afford it! Again, I quote the statistic that we’re at 38% unemployment, which has led to the formation of extortionate gangs like Mungiki, Taliban and Chinkororo. In 10 years, if we continue the same way, we will be at 60%p plus. By that time, these groups will be the majority, not the minority, to disastrous effect. Let us vote in just, equitable, fair, impartial leadership. Let all corruption lead to court appearances. Let Government appointments be made fairly. Let roads in Nyanza be built just as well and just as frequently as they are built in Central and Meru. Then people will stop feeling hurt and left out. National identity will follow naturally.

      As for Raila, in another comment I have said that I voted for him in 2007. I thought that his treatment of “cowboy contractors”, his stance on houses built on road reserves, and his position on the Mau merited my vote. Since then, as occasioned by his behaviour after that flawed election, my view is: beware of the man that is unmoved by the death of his citizens, and in fact uses their death for his own political advancement. Further to that, the Maize, the Kazi Kwa Vijana, and recently the NHIF scandals show which foot his shoe is really on. Little will change if he comes to power, and there will not be any national cohesion or healing of any sort.

      I would love to be proved wrong. I fear I will not.

       
  16. David M

    June 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Samuel Granted, the expatriation of these corruptly acquired funds IS a significant cause of the tribalism that we see. However even we were to repatriate the funds we would still be left with significant doubts and mistrusts about each other as tribes.

    It has been said that certain buildings in town are rented to tenants from a particular community because the landlord comes from that community. It also has been said that people in the market will sell the same item at very different prices based on their tribe. As a snapshot of our tribal interactions I would say that we are already dysfunctional and this election gives us an opportunity to address this issue and appropriate the advantages of our diversity to ourselves as a nation.

    This election poses the question ” By what terms do we accept each other as Kenyans?” Or in other words, do we have second-class citizens by birth? If we do this would be a significant fracture in the foundation of our national identity. And this would be a weak foundation on which any further national development would be shaky at best and doomed at worst.

    Allow me to draw upon the history of another African nation with tribal tension.

    In 2009 a frail, old Nelson Mandela went round the country campaigning for Jacob Zuma. The reason was that Mandela is a Xhosa; same as Thabo Mbeki. If I am not wrong the Xhosa community dominates in corporate SA and a third Xhosa president would have caused endless Zulu unrest in the fragile nation freshly out of the era of apartheid.

    Zuma was standing on an ANC and Zulu platform. At the time there was a marginal Zulu grouping known as the Inkatha Freedom Party. The rhetoric surrounding the IFP was getting increasingly violent. Granted the IFP had only marginal electoral support from the Zulu but if Zuma had not won, it would have gained legitimacy in the eyes of many Zulus who would have switched from ANC to IFP. This would have been the equivalent of Ruto appearing legitimate to the majority of Kalenjins. Remember Shaka? He is still fresh in Zulu collective memory.

    Flashforward to 2012. South Africa is now a politically stable, economically booming democracy and Zuma’s presidency has not negatively affected Xhosa dominance of corporate South Africa.

    This is what I mean by questions of national identity.

    To be blunt and point out the parallels, we have had 2 Kikuyu presidencies and a Kalenjin one. The other major Kenyan community yet to handle the presidency is the Luo community who have done more than their fair share of building a more perfect nation. Let them have it. Because if they don’t, they will not forget for some time.

    The outstanding difference between the two cases is that the Luo community has a more agrarian history than either the Zulu or its other Nilotic counterparts here in Kenya. For the record, this is not to say that I know of any plans by the Luo for election related violence, but it should be recognised as a possibility.

    This also counters your statement that Raila was not statemanly in allowing blood to be shed for his sake. Going by what could have happened in South Africa, Kenya may have been a mild case of tribal tension. Besides certain sections of the GEMA community, it is generally accepted that Raila’s acceptance of the position of premier even after the trampling of the MoU was a gracious gesture. In fact this is so much so that he even alienated sections of his own support base among the Luo by this action.

    Allow me to become a bit negatviely tribal at this point and quote the stereotype that if you give a Luo a carpeted office, the funds with the cashier will be safe.

    Why not try this on the national level?

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

      David,

      Truly fantastic comment there. Thanks very much. There are indeed very exact parallels between the South African situation and the Kenyan situation at present. But Zuma’s presidency has also coincided with a downturn in the way South Africa is being run and its economics, as follows:

      1. To begin with there has now emerged a violent the right-wing youth sector of the ANC (vocally headed by Julius Malema, though recent efforts to contain him appear to have borne fruit).
      2. Concurrently, corruption (especially public procurement corruption) is now quite entrenched. A 2010 estimate placed said losses due to public procurement corruption at SAR 30 billion per year (KES 300 billion).
      3. There is dangerous talk (especially by Malema) of nationalizing South African mines. While mine-workers’ complaints are legitimate, nationalizing mines (thereby exposing them to the growing corruption in South African government and the general inefficiencies of African governments in general) is not the solution to this problem. There should instead be legislation drawn up to ensure that workers get a fair deal.
      4. Someone needs to tell South Africans that what they got in 1994 was the freedom and opportunity to make money, and not money itself. There remains a fundamental entitlement problem amongst black South Africans that no Government seems to have addressed. Thus black South Africa wants to have salaries handed to it on a silver platter.

      That said, even with these problems South Africa continues to grow. Because it got independence less than 2 decades ago, the fundamentals put in place by the apartheid government (infrastructure, governance systems, etc) means that the South African economy has a sort of economic “safety net”. It is a well-known fact that the longer a country was colonized (though this may not apply to French/Portuguese/Belgian colonies) the better off that country is, economically speaking. For example, I have heard tell that Zimbabwe’s roads are better than ours. For this reason, South Africa has a lot “further to fall” before economic trouble becomes a real problem. South Africa can thus afford (in a very literal sense) to be switching the Presidency around, even though the best President economically-speaking may not be the best President politically-speaking.

      In Kenya, however, we most certainly do not have this luxury. We cannot afford further complacency. Right now, unemployment is at 38% (a conservative estimate). This is the major reason behind the formation of youth militias such as Mungiki and Chinkororo – young men who cannot get work. In 10 years, it is estimated that unemployment will be in the 60%-plus range.

      The solution to this is not to favour those who have not yet been favoured. Going down this path means the tribalists have won, and we will never be able to vote based on principle or on merit. The solution is fairness and equity for everyone. Equal opportunity for everybody, not favouritism, is what is required. Otherwise in 10 years, with 60%-plus unemployment, one will find hordes of jobless youths waiting at the gate to the plot/estate when comes home from work. Side-mirrors will be offered for sale, bargained over, hacked off and sold in broad daylight while one watches helplessly from one’s family car. Or they will threaten to slash one’s tyres unless one gives them money. Who will be able to blame them?

      It is unfortunate that Peter Kenneth is viewed primarily as a Kikuyu when there are hundreds of past and present Kikuyu MPs (including current Presidential candidates) that haven’t achieved one-tenth of what he has done as an MP. Actually that goes across the board as far as Presidential candidates are concerned as well.

      What is needed is far-reaching, sweeping, immediate change.

       
      • David M

        June 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        Chrenyan, sterling rejoinder there! However, I am still convinced that South Africa escaped the greater evil (political and tribal unrest) by voting in Zuma. Otherwise this Malema fellow would be a legitimate youth hero right now and South Africa would be worse off than where it started.
        I repeat however that this is in no way an endorsement of the kind of corruption that is now going on.

        As you point out, Kenya has no such comfort as the kind of development safety net which South Africa has. We sorely need progress. A lot of it. And fast. But we also direly need solid stability for the progress to be sustained.

        I still believe Raila should have his reward for building our nation this far. It is my suspicion that one of the reasons certain sections of the community are so against Raila ascendancy to the presidency is because he has the capacity to dismantle certain networks that have been in operation for a long time. I think this is some of the change we need.

        However, if Raila were to allow corruption to continue we can vote Peter Kenneth in to sort out his mess.

        Kura kwa Agwambo.

         
        • Chrenyan

          June 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

          ‎David I fully agree that another Xhosa Presidency would have given Malema even more legitimacy than he currently has.

          However, I still think that we cannot draw a straight parallel between the two countries because of the differences in our economic statuses. We should also learn from the recent NHIF scandal: Raila will not dismantle any corruption networks. Nay, the tap will not be turned off. The end of the pipe will merely be moved from the bucket marked “PNU” to the bucket marked “ODM”.

          What I love about all this, however, is that you have valid, NON-TRIBAL reasons for voting for Raila. That to me is greater than anything else, because as that continues to be the case, sooner or later we will be able to agree.

          Can we agree to disagree, for the time being?

           
      • Don

        November 8, 2012 at 2:52 am

        I think that Peter Kenneth has been done an injustice by the “Kikuyu” presidents who has been in power because of their behaviour. It is for this reason that many in Kenya are shy to elect another Kikuyu. Worse, the second Kikuyu was elected on a reform platform and resorted to the same issue that the first went into that continued to further alienate the country. We are yet to see a Kikuyu presidency that has wholly benefited this nation and maybe that might be Peter Kenneth. Is his timing wrong, I think that there is the issue of aggressive marketing of his candidacy that must be dealt with. It is not just about the launch of his bid but also about how he can use his campaigns to give his candidacy momentum. It will be very difficult to understand the issues that went into the coalition government after the 2007 elections and I feel that again you are judging Raila harshly on the issue of blood having been shed. People took matters into their own hands and you cannot know if things would have been worse or better had he decided to simply give up on government and wait for another 5 years. More importantly, people have begun talking about here Raila and you are getting too much into that. Needless to say, you are getting sacked into Raila mania or Raila phobia already and yet this forum was supposed to be about Peter Kenneth. You are giving to much publicity to matters that are of less importance or are of historical nature. The past will not get us anywhere. The right ideology, policies and a definite course of destiny will. In attempting to market Peter Kenneth, the more you talk about Raila, the more you market Raila. It is very sensitive fr Peter Kenneth or anyone associated with him to in any way mention Raila negatively whether true or false because that way, they will begin to be perceived as another Kikuyu leader out to make sure Raila does not get the presidency. That is something you should be careful about. I have never heard Peter Kenneth mention names.

         
        • Chrenyan

          November 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

          Hey Don,

          Once again thank you for your lengthy and detailed comment.

          Let me be frank.

          The conduct of those Kikuyu Presidents who have been in power to date has been a disgrace, a gross injustice to the nation of Kenya, and an absolute travesty. This is actually true of all Presidents who have ruled so far Kenya. A drive along the Eastern bypass will give a small indication of the extent of President Kenyatta’s nefarious land-grabbing. Allocation (and state-aided sale) of Rift Valley land to Kikuyus during his reign is the root cause of the election-triggered tribal clashes that this nation has suffered all the way from 1992 up to and including 2007-8. I have alluded to the betrayal that was visited on this nation by President Kibaki in the article The Kenya We Lost. It was wrong for Kibaki to come in with such a massive mandate (he had an overwhelming majority of the popular vote) and then alienate such a large proportion of worthy Kenyans in ten short months. Kikuyus will disagree with me of course, but it must not be our aim in such matters to be agreed with. It must be our aim to tell the truth. What these men did was unfair.

          (Before I am accused of having an anti-Kikuyu agenda, I must state that President Moi was no saint either, as a perusal of The Kroll Report will show. I am not anti-Kikuyu or anti-Kalenjin or anti-Luo, please. I am anti- anything that is anti-Kenya.)

          The reason Peter Kenneth’s candidature enlivens me is because there is some hope here of a candidate who has a plan for Nyanza as well as a plan for the Coast as well as a plan for North Eastern as well as a plan for marginalized Eastern Kenya. That to me is the promise of the Peter Kenneth candidacy. Peter Kenneth is not running as a Kikuyu. That is why he has never gone for any of those “regional MPs’ meetings” which are nothing other than meetings meant to push forward a tribal agenda. Peter Kenneth is running as a Kenyan, and he has repeatedly said it is his aim to lead all Kenya. That is what captures the imagination about him. This is something worth rallying around.

          With regard to the past, I must ask a question. If we fail to learn from a dark history, who shall we blame when it repeats itself?

          I have spoken about Raila at length in response to your previous comment. Here I will only say this: I am neither Raila-phobic (I voted for him in 2007) nor Raila-manic (I will not vote for him next year). I am Kenyan. As a result, I do not see Kenya through Raila-tinted lenses. Or through Kikuyu-tinted lenses, as the first paragraph of this comment will show. It is about all of Kenya, my friend.

          It is about all of Kenya.

           
  17. Shiro

    June 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    My shags is Gatanga and just as they say that if you cannot manage little money then you will never be able to manage millions, the same goes for this country. If the people vying for presidency are yet to take good care of their constituents then how will they take care of the whole country? I really like PK because I have experience his good leadership first hand and would vote for him any day. The only problem I have with him is that he’s still an underground politician we need to know how serious he is about this national seat. I would really love to see a PK and Martha Karua alliance.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Hey Shiro,

      How lucky you are that your shags is Gatanga. But what can be done to convince those who are not from your shags? Let’s spread the word, somehow. This blog post is an attempt at that.

      I am not sure about a PK and Martha Karua alliance. The politics in this country is so skewed that the partnership would be viewed as a “Kikuyu” ticket. Such perceptions should be avoided. Secondly, I am not sure that Peter Kenneth and Martha Karua would agree on everything. For example, where has Martha been at taxpaying time? She’s been rather silent on that front, and now you and I are having to pay her taxes for her. For those two reasons, I consider it unlikely that we will see that kind of partnership.

      I hear you on the “underground politician”. Expect an official launch of Peter Kenneth candidacy within the next 4-5 months; as I said KNC offices will be launched in pretty much every county before that happens.

      Any further questions you have, including for Peter Kenneth himself, I would be glad to answer.

       
      • Main

        June 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        I enjoyed reading the main article and i also went through all the comments herein.I think this is a great discourse. I am a Martha Karua supporter and initially, i supported Peter Kenneth because i knew of his achievements in his constituency…having utilized well over 99% of CDF kitty with 100% accountability is no mean feat (By the way according to available records Martha Karua’s misused and unaccounted for CDF funds stand at a measly 17.5% which i have raised questions on her Facebook page seeking explanations to measures she has put in place to account for it although i acknowledge that this is no mean feat for if it were in school days Kenneth and Martha would be A students). I admire them both as great leaders who would move this country to great height.The unfortunate bit is that according to my evaluation both are stuck to their guns with a bid to self validation.I took it as a personal responsibility to ask Martha Karua about her tax remittance before responding to specifically this comment and she answered in the affirmative (that she pays her taxes). However, she has declined to gain political mileage with this civic duty by making it a media razzmatazz.

        Although i support Karua, and has supported Kenneth previously…there are a few undoings about their campaign strategy.

        1. For Kenneth, he is this guy who will come in a chopper in a church function, wave his hand to people say we should vote in leaders with integrity and fly away again. He is not seen or felt in the grassroots…when he has a function somewhere you will not feel the passion in the air before his arrival…..and even after his departure, it as if just another person has been there…and not a presidential aspirant!!!…..(People out there vote with emotions and their emotions are whipped up by the crowds).

        2.Martha will on the other hand be seen with a few people here and there. These two needs to understand the dynamics of mobilization and also learn how to identify like minded people learn to negotiate and get into mutually beneficial agreements to buffer up their support.

        3. Their ability to connect with the people is a little bit wanting…Kenneth is this social guy in the social media as well as Karua but they are not social in the traditional media….where our fathers are still hooked!!! Martha smiles widely in her Facebook post pics but will not smile while on TV….Kenneth just abhors being on TV. With such traits Martha scares people as a president who would slap someone in front of the cameras while Kenneth seems as if he would never even give a state of the nation address on TV.

        However, i disagree with what you said, their union would not seem as a tribal card as long as they would look for some other people from other areas with their level of credentials and form alliances with them.

         
        • Chrenyan

          June 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

          Thanks for your comment Main, and thanks for your compliments on the article. Thanks, thirdly, for your dedication in going through all the comments!

          The reason for Peter Kenneth sticking to his guns as you put it, is that forming an alliance will compromise his ability to bring change. Take land reform for instance. One cannot form an alliance with Uhuru Kenyatta, for example, and hope to implement land reform. Nor can one ally oneself with Raila and hope to stamp out corruption.

          I assure you, a Peter Kenneth – Martha Karua ticket would be seen as entirely Kikuyu and would get zero votes outside Nairobi and Central. It’s the way politics is in this country. We only see progressive people as those from our area.

          With regards to Martha, I commend you for taking it upon yourself to ask Martha whether she has paid her taxes. We need more of that kind of citizenry. I for one would like to see Martha come out publicly and state that she has paid her taxes, and exactly when she began to do so, and how often. But my main reason (speaking personally) for not supporting a Martha Karua candidature is that she was the voice of PNU during those heated disputes at KICC in 2008. It was literally Ms. Martha Karua vs Mr. William Ruto in there. I don’t know how people have managed to overlook this in their assessment of her (or perhaps it is the very reason that some like her). Martha Karua, a reformer? I would ask folks to kindly remember that Martha Karua only resigned from Government after President Kibaki ignored her input as Justice Minister when making appointments to the Judiciary. Or, as someone put it in the Comments section of The Daily Nation: “Martha Karua only had a Damascus conversion experience after falling out with the Pharisees.” In fact it makes me worry that some of the Kikuyu support her because privately they are sure that she will fight for Kikuyus, but then they are able to coat their support with claims that she is a reformer. Be that as it may, she is a better option than most, even though it is my considered opinion that we will not see much change if she comes in. Some of the questionable characters who have become MPs under her party’s banner are another pointer to that.

          The emotional factor has been mentioned before on this forum. And again I say, we should not be voting emotionally any more. The height of emotion for me as a citizen was when President Kibaki won in 2002, and those jubilant scenes in Uhuru Park. Look where that has taken us. For we ourselves, let us for once be rational, even as we try to get other people to see our point of view. However I do agree that one of Peter Kenneth’s weaknesses is that he does not have that ability to appeal to the emotions with a stirring speech. I hope he finds a (credible!) running mate with that ability.

          I am beginning to think that space in traditional media will have to be bought. Remember, credible candidatures don’t sell. Tribal, parochial candidatures do sell. The media is first and foremost a business, and it has to sell what sells. We will have to see whether Peter Kenneth can mount a sustainable media campaign as elections draw near.

           
    • Don

      November 8, 2012 at 3:03 am

      Shiro hapo sasa umeanza ku haribu. You can never compare PK to Martha Karua. Karua was in charge of the bungled elections. She made sure that KIbaki won. I am not going to argue about who won or who lost. That is in the past. Kaarua realized that after having struggled so hard to get Kibaki back, there was not going to be an asante and she would not be given the button. She said she was frustrated and left. When she formed Nak-Kenya, she allowed two people of very questionable character to vie for MP posts in Nak-Kenya. PK is way above Kaura despite the fact that Karua is more senior politically. When Karua left Kibaki, she claimed that both sides rigged the elections. It is an admission that she helped one side rig when she was looking for favour and when she did not get it she quit. I can show you a video of Karua leaving KICC with the commisioner of police just after Kivuitu had announced the elections. At that time, the ODM bandwagon had left or rather had been chased away. Everyone knows Peter Kenneth. Am not from Central although I have been to Gatanga and I know what he has done so he is not underground to me. Another thing is that once Kaura and Peter Kenneth come together, this will be misconstrued as a Kikuyu alliance. Honestly, I do not see how Karua could help Peter Kenneth.

       
      • Chrenyan

        November 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Hey Don,

        Thanks for writing in once again. I agree that Peter Kenneth should not link up with Martha Karua, and for exactly the two reasons you bring out.

        The first is that Martha is disturbingly pro-GEMA. What chance will Nyanza/Western Kenya have under a President who as Justice Minister helped to arrange that sham swearing-in of President Kibaki in the aftermath of the 2007 elections? Anyway, I need not say much about why I believe Martha Karua is not the best way forward for Kenya, because someone else has already said it all for me better than I ever could.

        Secondly, as you correctly point out, a Peter Kenneth – Martha Karua ticket would be seen as a wholly Kikuyu ticket. That would wipe out whatever gains Peter Kenneth has already made in convincing Kenyans that he has what it takes to lead the whole nation, because it would lead to suspicions of a pro-Kikuyu agenda all over again. It would do nothing to build the national consensus that is so badly needed in this country. It might build consensus among those Kikuyus who (rightly) understand that Uhuru’s candidature is fundamentally flawed, but what really is the point of that, if it alienates the rest of the nation? I would hesitate to lend my support to anything like that. What we need is a united Kenya.

        You have teased out of me much that I haven’t said before. But I have given my honest opinion. Thanks again for your comment, and keep writing in.

         
  18. J

    June 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Glad I stumbled upon this blog post. Some very useful discourse. How I wish all Kenyans would discuss, even disagree about their preferred candidates for the top office in the land in such a civilized manner!

    In other news, I think I should take a trip to Gatanga just to see how PK is handling things there. I’m extremely proud of the standard he is setting in this country, but wish his trumpet would be blown louder across the country.

    The arguments on validation and empowerment: quite illuminating and do make sense in this tribally charged country.

    I have not yet decided whom to vote for (10 months is such a long time), but I know what characteristics to look out for.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Hey J,

      Thank you very much for taking the time to write, sir.

      Indeed there is some great discourse on here, and I echo your sentiment: if only all Kenyans would agree/disagree in a similar fashion! I am glad that you like it. If you are serious about visiting Gatanga, I can let you know when you can go, last I heard there were organized trips to the place. I am willing to do all I can to help.

      The trumpet – let each do what he/she can to blow it. After they have been convinced. This article was my own particular effort.

      I have also enjoyed the viewpoints from David and Allan on validation and national cohesion, and they are extremely important! Even though I don’t agree that they are the most important factor as regards choosing the next leader for this nation, I am greatly encouraged. What heartens me is that issues are being discussed, and that the discussion here is not merely camouflaged tribalism. The longer that continues, the faster that grows, the better for this country as a whole.

       
    • Chrenyan

      June 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Hey J,

      I have learned from Lizie Mwangi, who is the Secretary to the Gatanga CDF Committee, that they schedule visits on a need basis. How it works is that they evaluate every group’s needs and objectives and then tailor their visit accordingly. They need two weeks’ notice to plan for visits, though.

      If you’re serious about visiting Gatanga I can put you in touch with her.

       
  19. Shiroh

    June 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I wish all Kenyans could stop complaining and vote for a right leader. I have declared that i will vote for Peter Kenneth.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Hey Shiroh,

      So much has been done to hurt Kenyans, and so much evil has been perpetrated, that our views on progress are now warped. But – I believe there is hope.

      If it is not too much to ask, kindly spread the word. Would be most grateful.

       
    • Wero-Kawaw

      November 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks.Me too from West Pokot with love for his leadership skills.

       
      • Chrenyan

        November 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        Hi Wero-Kawaw,

        Thanks for writing in…

        It’s great to hear that Mr Kenneth has supporters all the way from West Pokot! I take off my hat to such nationalists. Let’s keep speaking for him, and we will make it.

         
  20. tejpal hunjan

    June 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I really wish this guy has a serious campaigning team working for him. I fear the tribalists have a head start, and its a uphill struggle to change the mindset of a people who perceive current leaders as demigods.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Hey Tejpal,

      Thanks a lot for your comment. Yes, this nation is swamped with tribal animosity. Yes, when someone asks me my name and I give my Christian name, 9 times out of 10 I am asked for my second name. Yes, the current frontrunners are those who have played the tribal card, and have put this country in the mess it is now. I shared these same concerns. Then I decided there was something I could do to help, and did.

      Whatever you can do, no matter how small (e.g. talking to your workmates, family, friends) you do it. Let’s see where that gets us, at least.

       
  21. Chelimo

    June 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Chrenyan, someone posted this link on PK’s FB page. I read your article with disbelief. It was as though I had written it myself- in the sense that I felt that in pouring out your heart, you were pouring mine out. The qualities you identify in PK as sound leadership are the very reasons that attracted me to his candidacy. I do believe you have captured the many fragmented thoughts of people who support him. Mr Kenneth is one of a kind and for me the most telling aspect of his character is his tax payments- doing the right thing when no one is looking, and in his case, without fanfare, indicates he is man of fine mettle.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Hey Chelimo,

      Thanks for your comment. High praise! Thanks for your compliments.

      As you can see from the comments on here it is going to be quite a task to get all of Kenya to see it like you do. Let’s everyone do what they can, and bit by bit, we can change this nation while we have the chance (during our lifetimes).

       
  22. kabutugwa

    June 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Hi all,

    I may not be a supporter of PK that much but, I am so glad to have stumbled upon this blog. It reinforces my belief that those who will be changing the course of politics in this country are not all those noisemakers all over the place but me and u-who are busy making our lives and building our nation silently and with no funfare. Our politics is maturing slowly but surely
    Now the reason I may not (and note:may not) vote for PK is that as much as he has a record with Gatanga constituency Raila’s record is on a national and international scale period. My appeal for Peter Kenneth is for him to literary ‘explode’ on the political scene,he’s far too quiet. I have heard he is spreading his candidature on the grassroots but truth be told simuoni! I don’t see him and it is sad. Has he ever had a one-on-one on any national tv watu wamjue vizuri? And not kumjua ya ‘mmh,yeah I know him’ but ya ‘wah!uliwatch PK jana,si anaelewa shida zetu vipoa yani…..’ I may not potray it that good but what am saying is please connect with us all over the place,grassroot takes time.
    Thank you

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Kabutugwa,

      I am glad that you liked what you read, and thanks a lot for writing. Indeed those who get things done often do so quite quietly. Perhaps too quietly in this case!

      In other comments on this post I have explained why I can no longer support Raila, even though I voted for him 5 years ago. I’ve also tried to point out the pitfalls of euphoria. But I do agree that Peter Kenneth, for all his excellent credentials, is too quiet. Try to view this post as a first step in the right direction in that regard! More seriously, I myself thought he was perhaps playing for 2017, but I can assure you this is not the case. I also assure you that you will see a lot more of him once he officially launches his candidature.

      I particularly like this part of your comment: “Wah! Uliwatch PK jana? Si anaelewa shida zetu vipoa yaani…” That indeed is the desired effect.

       
  23. Allan

    June 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Sammy, I think you should let PK know what we are discussing on here. Would you please ask him for me what his plans are over the next 5 and 10 years should he not win the top job?

    I hope you are right about the priority of what Kenya needs most now. I have to say I dont agree on the priorities but I do strongly agree that from the field of candidates he is by far the most qualified.

    Actually one more question for him, what are two or three of his major weaknesses in becoming president and ruling effectively and what is he doing to bridge that gap? Thanks

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks for writing again Allan.

      With regard to letting Peter Kenneth know about this discussion, I am aware that this blog post has already caught the attention of Peter Kenneth’s campaign. One of my aims in writing this piece was to stir up enough hullaballoo to attract their attention without my pointing it out. This in a sense has been achieved. But we’re only about 30 people discussing things here. 30 people in a voting population of 13 million (2007 count) are very, very few. I was hoping to get to about 100 comments and then officially tell the Campaign – here is a very small cross-section of the voting population and their concerns about the candidature.

      Sure, let us agree to disagree on the priorities for this nation based on the reasons that we have both pointed out.

      Thanks for your questions! As I was telling Main, we need more of this type of citizenship (i.e. citizenship that questions its leadership). I will put your questions to him and let you know his response.

       
    • Chrenyan

      June 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Allan,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I have spoken to Peter Kenneth on the subject of his weaknesses. He gave me two major weaknesses:

      1. His candidature is viewed as a Kikuyu candidature.
      2. People wonder whether he is serious.

      On (1) this is a bit of a pity, but inevitable. It is something that can best be alleviated by judicious choice of running mate. That would be my own advice, I’m not sure what the Secretariat thinks of it.
      On (2) this is related to the clamour on this post for him to “come out strongly”. As I have stated, once there are KNC offices in each county and the official launch has happened we may see more. However, I also plan to put this point very strongly to him at a meeting with the candidate tomorrow.

       
  24. Irfay

    June 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    This is the man Kenya needs.If you are faithful with little,you can be trusted with much.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks very much for your comment Irfay. What you say is Scriptural, and is hence true. And even if it were not Scriptural, it is a good yardstick by which to measure the candidates.

       
  25. Jeff

    June 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I must admit I have kept an eye on Peter Kenneth since he began getting plaudits for his work as an MP. In an ideal world I would vote for him without question and I’m still considering voting for him eventually.

    However, looking at our political structure I think we are putting the cart before the horse..quickly, three things come to mind.

    One, say Peter Kenneth is elected as President. Do we know of anyone else on his party ticket who is running for Parliamentary seats? Because, wouldn’t we be setting him up as a leader who will be hostage to the whims of a rogue Parliament?

    Secondly, until we can have parties based on solid principles, then we will be electing a leader who we hope is a ‘messiah’.

    Third,we the electorate haven’t gone beyond tribe and hero worship to start thinking about real issues when choosing our leaders.

    In my view, I see some of these things falling into place with the new Constitution where political parties should cease to be vehicles on the road to power & riches, and the electorate becomes sharper with its choices. All in all, I think Kenneth is playing a long game, introducing himself to the electorate and building his party from the grassroots in preparation for a stronger run in 2017.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for writing. Yes, he does catch the eye a bit, doesn’t he?

      Unfortunately we are not in an ideal world. However, I’m sure we can agree that it is possible to move towards one, by voting in the right kind of leadership.

      You raise a very valid point. Kenya National Congress Parliamentary candidates are currently in the process of being selected. There are dangers in moving too quickly in this regard, as the various candidatures of Gidion “Sonko” Mbuvi and William Kabogo have shown. However that process is now beginning with visits to each county by the Peter Kenneth Campaign to set up offices within these counties. I have personally asked for, and am awaiting, a timetable on these visits. If you’re interested, let me know. A pointer to how things will work was the September 2010 Juja by-election (Alice Ng’ang’a represented KNC and came second after William Kabogo) and the November 2011 Kitutu-Masaba by-election (John Shadrack Mose was 3rd, only 3,188 behind the 11,262 votes of PNU’s Walter Nyambati).

      Party politics in Kenya is based firmly on tribe, I think that is clear. We have to look beyond the party at the people leading those parties and judge them fairly and objectively. The three-piece type voting of 2007 got us into trouble, as one Westlands resident found out when he discovered that his Councillor lived (lives) in Dandora and had no idea of the problems be-devilling Westlands residents.

      There is a key phrase in your third point: “We the electorate”. THANK YOU! This is what I’ve been trying to pass across in some of my responses. There is a strange sort of abdication/resignation/downright dereliction of duty amongst the Kenyan voters that “Kenyans will vote tribally.” But what about ME as a voter? What about YOU? I really like that you are counting yourself as sharing part of the responsibility as a member of the voting population of this country, that to me is the first step. I believe I am personally responsible for my vote and that as a result my vote should say something about how I think my country, Kenya, should be run. It would be irresponsible for me to agree (and vote along) with everyone else when I can see that what everyone else is saying will not help the country.

      Lastly, rest assured that Peter Kenneth is a 2012 Presidential candidate.

      Once more, thanks for writing.

       
      • ohanga

        June 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        Fully agreed on your last point, “We the electorate”. During the Kanu days and NARC euphoria I abstained from voting because I felt there was no point, ‘same circus same clowns, rotational ringmaster’. Then I realized in ’07 that it has to start somewhere, so even if my candidate doesn’t win, at least I’ve started voting with a conscience and on issues.

        As for the 3-piece voting, I hope you didn’t get me wrong. I think it’s a poor way to elect leaders. My point about a functional legislative majority (I’m clearly not a fan of coalitions!) is about pushing one’s governing agenda going forward. I wouldn’t advocate voting for KNC candidates blindly and this ties into what I said about whether the party was being built from the ground up. So, good to hear plans are afoot at the grassroots level and do share the schedule by all means. I would like to see PK up close and get a sense of what he’s all about.

         
        • Chrenyan

          June 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

          Hi Ohanga,

          Thanks for stopping by.

          I agree with you that “three-piece” is a very bad way to vote, pathetic actually. That is how those Westlands residents ended up electing a Councillor who knew nothing of their troubles because he resided in Dandora! It is unlikely that every last KNC candidate will be credible, I agree. However it IS being built from the ground up.

          It is not difficult to see Peter Kenneth up close. Simply sign up as a volunteer on the website. He convenes regular volunteer meetings at which he’s quite happy to take questions from volunteers, and even have his photo taken with people.

           
  26. click

    June 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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  27. Evans Gitahi Kunyuga

    June 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

    hi, good read. i havent read all the comments so i could be repeating the same question but, what is his record during KFF. that place is a den of thieves and I dont know how he could have come out of there without any mud

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Evans,

      Thanks for writing, thanks for the compliment, and no – that’s a new question. It is well known that FIFA (and by extension KFF) is a nest of thieves. In fact FIFA have recently hired Ocampo! However, one of the commenters here (Kioge) has said that Peter Kenneth actually did very well at KFF. In the interests of discussion, let me try and get him to respond, rather than giving a stock reply of my own. If I can’t I will still respond, all right?

       
    • Chrenyan

      June 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Evans,

      Kioge has a reply further below in which he states what he knows about Peter Kenneth’s tenure at KFF.

      I have also gone further and spoken to the candidate himself, asking him for 3-5 things he achieved while at KFF. His response was that he:

      1. Brought back youth training
      2. Instituted live football on TV
      3. Set up cash incentives for the national team, and
      4. Set up national team sponsorship.

      I hope this answers your question.

       
      • olekunyuga

        September 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

        Thanks. I think it sort of answers it. The only problem is proving it.

         
  28. WanjikũRevolution Kenya

    June 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Well written article. Question, did PK account to you for his billions? How did he amass such riches on a CEO’s salary? Why is he Mwau’s insurer? What role has his association will Sally Kosgey and the Rift Valley power elite played in his wealth? There are very few clean billionaires in Kenya if any, and if they are politicians too they stink to high heaven! Something doesn’t add up!

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Hi WanjikuRevolutionKenya (and one is sorely needed!),

      Thanks a lot for taking the time to write, and thanks also for pointing people to the blog post. I appreciate your compliment as well.

      Let me start by saying that Peter Kenneth should not be accountable just to me, but to the entire voting populace.

      Whether Peter Kenneth is a billionaire or not, I confess I do not know. What I do know is that he has had a clean answer for every question I have put to him. For example on 25 May 2012, someone wrote to me in a chat:

      “though some other day someone credible told me that he grabbed land when he was minister for local gvt. See that Mayfair building next to Java Upperhill? Its solely his…and tht land was grabbed”

      I wrote straight away to Peter Kenneth, and this was his response (same day, by the way):

      “Hi,the truth never dies,l have told it belongs to a company where am just one of [twenty] shareholders.The truth is that the company bought a half built building from hon.nguyai and the other truth is l have never worked in that ministry.”

      Now, I will mail him right away regarding whether or not he is Mwau’s insurer, as per your question. Further, this has made me want to ask how he was able to acquire a helicopter and where the funds to run it come from. Lastly, he is on record as having said all Presidential candidates should declare their wealth. I would also like to ask him when he will do this himself. Having got responses from him on these three matters, I will get back to you.

       
    • Chrenyan

      June 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Hi WanjikuRevolution Kenya

      I spoke to Peter Kenneth and asked him to declare his wealth. In response he promised to ask the Speaker to make his wealth declarations over the years open to the public closer to the public launch of his candidature. I tried to press him to do it now, saying that he didn’t need to go through the Speaker to declare his wealth. However, he said that he has been consistent in his wealth declarations to the Speaker and therefore the Speaker is the most credible person to release these. I suppose we will have to wait (and believe me as an accountant I am waiting with you on this one, especially that “over the years” bit).

      I asked him how he might be Mwau’s insurer, to which he responded: “l am a shareholder in an insurance company that has a share of Nakumatt’s cover, the lead insurer being Kenindia (if that’s the connection).”

      With regard to the Sally Kosgei/Rift Valley elite factor, I had asked him about it (as stated in the article); how it might be connected with his wealth I don’t know. However, if you have any specific issue you want me to raise with regard to his connection with the Rift Valley power elite, please let me know and I’ll engage him again.

      I hope this has helped, somehow.

       
      • josephinewambui

        February 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        Lovely discussion, honest & respectful. But do you still believe in him… He seem to be a shareholder in so many murky waters. 2 weeks to elections he’s yet to declare his wealth. I smell a hypocrite who’s not been smoked out of his den yet. His word to you “if after 16 years people are talking about one woman, that is a very good record” to me reads “I take pride that I’ve got it all covered up”. I loved the discourse by Allan on validation, it helps to understand others’ sentiments. Although I disagree, and that would lead to another 39tribes seeking the same which would waste us some 200-400yrs; I understand. Like you said we do not have the luxury, economic pressure would have us all caving in. A good blog I must say.

         
        • Chrenyan

          February 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

          Hi Josephine,

          First of all, thanks for writing in, and at such length. Thanks for your compliments as well.

          The matter of Peter Kenneth’s wealth declaration is the one outstanding issue I have with him. I actually raised the issue of his wealth declaration directly with him the week before (unbeknownst to me) Martha Karua was to declare hers. (I consider Martha’s declaration to have been a great step forward, even it has material omissions, e.g. bank accounts and – it is rumoured – a city centre hotel). His response – when seriously pushed – was that he would declare it after the first debate. The second debate is this coming Monday, and still no declaration. I plan to remind him of his promise. I have told him I feel I owe it to my readers to tell them if he does not declare his wealth as promised. Let us see what happens.

          On the matter of Sally Kosgei, in private conversations with PK I have discovered that the rumours stem from the fact that they owned a farm together. According to him, Sally Kosgei lives with a man who is an ex-partner to a lady member of the Kenyatta family (a June/Jane) – and the Kenyattas are not happy with that state of affairs. Hence the rumours. It’s a dirty, messy world out there… actually from my minor involvement with the campaign I am sure I will never stand for an elective position.

          Knowing all I know about each candidate that is running for office, I will still vote for Peter Kenneth. His integrity in paying taxes and what he has done for Gatanga cannot be wished away. On the campaign trail, I commend him for bringing to the fore the phrase “issue-based campaigns”. To me he’s our best shot, especially when compared to the criminals and/or laggards we have on offer.

          Sadly, the majority of Kenyans haven’t seen it yet.

           
  29. Lucy

    June 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This indeed is a good post. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke).I think this is the greatest evil many Kenyans are committing by withdrawing from politics because it is a dirty game.Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34). I am therefore inclined to vote for any presidential candidate who depicts righteousness.

    Peter Kenneth has surely been a good steward of CDF and as the holy book states those who can be trusted with little can be trusted with more hence he is LIKELY to be a good steward of our nations vast resources.It is admirable that he could give you his telephone number. Some days ago i wrote on Uhuru Kenyatta’s Facebook wall and asked him how he intends to fund the new government since it is going to be very heavy. The posting was removed from his wall in less than 5 minutes. I wondered why he did not want to engage in issues.

    Having said that , in some way i would consider voting for the likes of Ole Kiyiapi and Peter Kenneth in two ways. First , i would be supporting what i stand for which is accountability, transparency and diligence. On the other side i feel it is a waste of a vote since they seem to be missing in action. Where is their strategy? Why are they missing in action? Why cant they identify enough Kenyans with the same mind and spirit all over the country and start campaigns and engaging Kenyans on issues. If they did this they can manage to comb through every village in Kenya and convince Kenyans to vote on issues and not on tribal lines. Time is running out ! The lack of a clear cut strategy and implementation of the same may lead people to voting for the lesser evil leaders who have their act together.

    As much as validation is a necessity as one writer put it , i think to the middle class Kenyan economic prosperity is more important. If a candidate can sort the escalating fuel, food , rent ,security issues , we will vote for the individual regardless of their ethnicity.

    The youth are a significant proportion of our country population. Can we go out encouraging them to register them as voters and doing civic education. I can assist in coming up with a curriculum and strategizing on delivery. Let us do e-campaigns.

    God bless Kenya

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Hey Lucy,

      God bless Kenya indeed. Thank you for your long, detailed and concerned comment. Thanks also for your compliment. Edmund Burke was right, and it’s that kind of thinking that made me decide to write.

      While the speed with which the posting was removed from Uhuru’s Facebook wall is incredible, the fact that the posting itself was removed should not in itself be surprising. That kind of response is a pointer to his performance on the ground – isn’t it the case that it took three times as long to cover the same number of schools in his constituency as in Peter Kenneth’s, despite Gatundu South being roughly one-third the size of Gatanga? That to me is where the entire nation of Kenya will go if Uhuru gets into power.

      With regard to wasting one’s vote, I have tried to explain that there is really no point “voting for the winner” if the winner is an unworthy candidate. What comfort is there in being able to say that one voted for the winning candidate, only to suffer along with everyone else because that candidate was not the right candidate for the country? As the shilling devalues today (12th June 2012), it is devaluing for everyone, whether they voted for President Kibaki’s leadership or not. Pump prices do not fail to rise for that section of the population that voted for the current President. They rise for everyone. For these reasons, it makes sense to vote for the person one thinks can best lead this country.

      I agree that to the middle class economic prosperity is more important. But I think there is danger in ruling with the middle class in mind. We ought to be thinking about the ordinary Kenyan, and that person is not in the middle class. The vast majority of Kenyans are poor, and we must vote and/or govern with them in mind, for their sakes, and (if one must be selfish) even for our own safety as middle class citizens. In most cases as we do that we also help the middle class, although in some cases this may not be the case. For example we ought to be leaving our cars at Westlands, etc and walking into town. The City Centre should be the preserve of public, not private transport (although public transport would need to be streamlined and made reliable before this could happen). And so on and so forth.

      It is quite incredible that many of the ideas that you are putting forth are actually ideas that have been floated by the Campaign itself. Grassroots. The youth. You had said you are strategic – I now agree! If you have made a decision, please put forward your name as a volunteer on strategy via the campaign website. Or if you would prefer for me to recommend you directly to the Campaign, just let me know.

       
  30. Mahatma

    June 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Chrenyan, this is a very well-written article. Politically speaking, the man is not yet ripe for African politics. He’s a good presidential candidate for the future. Or even better, an ideal presidential candidate for his fatherland(Germany).

    It is good to understand the background of Barrack Obama. The man had prepared to be the president of USA since his campus days. He was the president of students at Havard University in his early 20s and not sitting in an office basking in the glory of being an MD whose ascent to the throne could not be logically explained. When you talk of charisma and Obama-type of leadership, look no further than the DPM (Uhuru Kenyatta). Peter Kenneth needs to do more than have a pretty face. Politics is a game of alliances and having deep pockets alone does not count. Actually, managing funds at constituency level is very different from managing resources at national level. It would also be interesting to know how Kenya-Re performed during his reign.

    Lastly, he must form alliances with established political forces for him to go anywhere in his pursuit for presidency. Advise him to read The Prince(Moi), 48 Laws of Power (Raila/Maina Njenga) and The Art of War (Kibaki). No one knows what the poor guy stands for and he doesn’t do himself any good by distancing him from the electorate. Majority perceive him as a muthungu (elite) who has lost touch with reality. Raila and Uhuru Kenyatta are men of the people and Musalia is heading the same way. Kenneth needs to change his political advisors. Maybe, he can come for free advise from me!

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Mahatma,

      Thanks very much for your comment, and for your compliments on the article.

      Can we agree to flip the statement? Let’s say that perhaps Africa is not ready for Peter Kenneth’s type of politics. The man has done a lot more than have a pretty face. For example he has done more in his constituency than Uhuru Kenyatta ever has, as the article shows. If politics is about getting into power at all costs (including the lives of Kenyans) then the likes of Uhuru/Raila/Ruto are the right men for us. If politics is about bringing tangible change to the people at a grassroots level, then the likes of Peter Kenneth are the people we need. It is symptomatic of how twisted our thinking is that people cannot see that.

      I used to agree with you about alliances – and then I saw the question put to Peter Kenneth himself. But he distanced himself from it by pointing out that by making alliances, then one makes themselves beholden to the interests of the parties in those alliances. And those interests are unlikely to be congruent with the citizens’ interests. Frankly, President Kibaki found himself unable to keep to the terms of an MoU with Raila, and that was not even for the benefit of the people.

      Let me give a simple example: land reform. To me land reform can be effected at a stroke by charging every Kenyan a land tax of KES 1,000 per acre of land. (This is not a Peter Kenneth policy, just a hypothetical example I’m giving.) For the middle class Kenyan with a quarter at Kitengela, that amounts to KES 250 per year. For the farmer in Kitale with an acre of maize, that amounts to KES 1,000 per year. For the large landowners like the Kenyatta family (with hundreds of thousands of acres) that can amount to KES 100M every year. They would have to either sell the land, lease it out, or put it to a use that can generate KES 1,000 per year. All of these are favourable outcomes. IDPs could then be settled in the blink of an eye. Now, assume Peter Kenneth enters an alliance with Uhuru Kenyatta. Would this land reform be workable? Certainly not.

      We must move away from makeshift alliances designed merely to save the skins of our politicians (e.g. Ocampo is after our necks, let us get together even though we both got “our people” to slaughter one another 5 years ago). Let us start to make alliances of ideologies and values, instead. The whole nation would be better off as a result.

       
    • Jose

      October 16, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Kenya Re did great during his reign, as did KFF. And Mahatma, while the political man in me agrees with you on some levels, the examples you share, i.e. Moi, Raila and Kibaki plus Maina Njenga have not draped themselves in glory. We do need a new mindset, a new direction and a new style of leadership. While there are lessons to be drawn by Peter Kenneth’s campaign from Machiavelli and Master Sun, the Hon Member for Gatanga’s message and vision cannot be discredited. If more of us dared to believe and cast our lot with visionary leaders we would make a difference. Instead, it would seem that we are happy to vote in the same old people who have little or no credibility, discredit the dreamers among us as not being rooted in reality, and then 3 months complaining that the country has gone to the dogs. Well it has not gone to the dogs, we sent it there.

       
  31. Mahatma

    June 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    About why UK is my preferred candidate, I think this space is not adequate. I also hope Mzalendo Kivunjia isn’t consuming contents of this blog!

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Mahatma,

      This space is more than adequate! You can say as much as you like, and you can use your pseudonym as well.

      As for Mzalendo Kibunjia, you and I will have nothing to be afraid of if we have logical discussions. If we descend to merely tribal arguments, then we ought to be afraid. If I knew Mr Kibunjia I’d even have asked him to read the article on tribe before starting his work.

      Uwanja ni wako, ndugu.

       
  32. kioge

    June 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    His tenure at KFF (1996-2000)is considered the most successful in kenya. it was the time football was best managed, a far cry from todays corrupt and forever-fighting officials. Kenya almost made it to the world cup in 1997 under the leadership of Kenneth.
    If am not wrong that is the time we beat nigeria at kasarani…

    I am convinced he is the right man for our country.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks Kioge,

      I will use this to reply to Evans above.

       
    • olekunyuga

      September 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

      I was a young whipper snapper who didnt care about who ran KFF then but more about the things on the gorund. If indeed that was when he was in charge of KFF, then he did a great Job. Kenya almost beat Nigeria at Kasarani, with “Fabisch boys” playing some sumptuous football.

       
      • Chrenyan

        September 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        Hey OleKunyuga,

        Thanks for your comments. From your blog, I can see football is close to your heart. I am aware PK used to be a goalie, and he even played for Reunion siku zile.

        You can confirm that 1996-2000 was the period Peter Kenneth was at KFF here.

        Shukran, once again.

         
  33. Gideon

    June 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I did not know much about the man, and I must thank you for this very welcome introduction. I will monitor his candidacy and hopefully a day will come when we shall all be objective so that such people are able to be voted for in a way that makes them win.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Gideon,

      Very kind of you to stop by. You’re welcome for the intro, it’s something I thought I could do.

      I wait for that day with you. I urge you to do what you can to make it come to pass in our lifetimes.

       
  34. kidumdum kidiwa

    June 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    great job everyone the comments are highly constructive and enlightening,av gone thru the website,i find the validation vs empowerment idea interesting i would love to be among those visiting Gang to see what he’s done,av been going thru his records, and av got a lot to ask particularly because the facts are shaky even on his own website, compare his Wikipedia page with one kenneth matiba(who interestingly had almost the same career path, (read national school,stints at kff being very successful ),at least you get some sense of how he got ultra wealthy this makes me particularly also very much interested on the wealth declaration and will be waiting keenly for the declaration, please advice him to have more straight forward facts,if am and by now very much willing to be recruited as a volunteer,then being rational a lot more is needed,lets start from the bottom, the kind of inquiry that a normal presidential candidate should get into his character take for instance his tenure at kff
    1. Brought back youth training(what youth training,if young people were to vote based on that I and every young guy I know of would vote in Bob Munro,thru MYSA he gave so many a sporting chance including very many who made it to the national team and play abroad,although he could say more clearly that it was during his tenure that corruption took a back seat and a coach Reinhard Fabisch(if he was instrumental in signing him picked players on merit and thus we had the greatest harrambee stars team assembled including the debut of one 18 yr old Dennis Oliech which would have been impossible in the old corrupt system,MYSA was responsible for the explosion of youthful talent and the high success of youthful teams during his era , I was at the middle of it though I would certainly credit him with stiffing corruption at kff since thats the ingredient that kills hope in the talented youngsters,but where did the problems begin(this can say alot about a Him as leader especially in modern Kenya where u will work with other elected leaders) wasn’t sammy Nyamweya the secretary general at kff then and all those messes that ensured between him and farbisch,what happened to peter then,all quiet,no clear picture of what he really did,note another succesful fabisch stint in 2002 while kenneth was out ,so the successes can always be traced to MYSAs youth program and a coach,and the fact that even during his tenure great things didnt last begs alot for our country, shouldn’t leaders institute policies for the best and long haul ,also not that during his stint club football didnt fare that well,again it was mathare united MYSA project that shone,
    2. Instituted live football on TV(did he bring supersport, shaky on the details)
    3. Set up cash incentives for the national team,(Dont get it, sonko promises 20,000 for a win, was it on the same scale or more institutionalized and better incentives that had the future in mind
    4. Set up national team sponsorship.( EABL just signed up recently and as for club football both mumias and Tuzo and many others only recently showed up ,at his time clubs were pathetically run by thieves.
    we will continue to discuss more and see if he is truly fit
    now of great concern are the people linking him to the rift valley ellite,he should do that declaration Asap coz I here people even trying to link him to the y92 group of Ruto and Girongo,you would sgree that all of them have something in common, which is extreme wealth that cannot be traced to its sources,the fact that the was manager of Prudential Finance and Bank which I can find very little about raises serious questions,pliz get back

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Hey Kidumdum,

      Dutifully I took your concerns to the candidate. I have had them responded to, but I fear I won’t be able to take it any further than this. See below:

      Inasmuch as I am open, I really can’t keep justifying an investigation of comments from people who avoid the facts and then ask questions. It was during my time that KFF live football came on TV courtesy of sponsors such as KBL, BAT, and Smithkline Beecham (as it was then known). Anybody following football then would know or could check, for the records are there. There was no Supersport at the time. It was during my time that KBL sponsored the national team to the tune of KES 150M. Again, my time brought in Manfred Steves from Germany as youth coach. At this time, MYSA was still in its formative stages. These are things in the public domain that whoever is an authority in football can check. I was an employee of Prudential Bank and I left in 1997, much earlier than when the owners got into trouble. With regard to wealth, I don’t know what the issue is as I am the one who said I will make all my declarations open. I really can’t keep responding to people who think I am much wealthier than I am. Let them wait and question the declaration.

      I’ve done as much as I can, and I think Peter Kenneth himself has been pretty generous with his time responding to all the queries on the blog.

      One helpful takeaway from this is that his Wikipedia page/campaign bio could do with some beefing up for those with these kinds of questions. There is a generation that indeed does not remember sport before Supersport, etc. It is also likely that this is not “searchable” on the ‘Net. I’ve put this to him, and he sees the point. Thanks a lot for that.

       
  35. kidumdum kidiwa

    June 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    wow just read the Githongo dossier,wow wow ,this is just crazy,so if I were to go by the validation as opposed to empowerment and go with the “kenneth, a matter of when and not if ” argument which was beginning to gain some ground it would mean loosing something in the range of billions of dollars, for the next five years which makes me even more hungry to see peter release his wealth declaration,otherwise how would he deal with the same issues of election finance,it would seem to me that kiraitu who has a fierce crusader against corruption,now in government just couldn’t fathom the thought of loosing power.
    This indeed also brings to the fore an issue I raised earlier,how did he and Sammy Nyamweya(who is perceived to be very corrupt) work of high interest is how he would deal with the murungarus of his day

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I salute you for reading the Dossier. I really think every voter should read it; it explains what it’s all about for these leaders. When tribal clashes are being instigated, when the watu wetu mentality is being promoted, when goons are hired to disrupt rallies; when voters cards are bought and burnt to prevent people from voting – are such leaders acting in this way because they want to help the citizenry? No: what it’s really about KES 21 billion in 8 months.

      We require a complete turn around.

      The wealth declaration – we’re just going to have to wait. But I will say this: someone who pays his taxes – unasked – is a pretty safe bet. Or let me say a safer bet than the rest that’s on offer.

       
  36. Chelimo

    June 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I have kept track of the comments made here Chrenyan and your own responses to them. What I am hearing and what I am seeing is a painstaking vetting of Peter Kenneth. It never ceases to amaze me that he responds to just about any question, regardless of how difficult or personal it is. There is a vulnerability there that he allows himself, the kind of quiet confidence one has in his own integrity. When you take all of that and compare him to some of the others, who believe they can run for the presidency without so much as a manifesto- and with good chances too- it shocks the senses. PK is far from perfect but he truly is the man for the job.
    Chrenyan and fellow posters, check out how great minds think alike:
    http://www.jambonewspot.com/why-kenneth-is-the-better-choice-for-president/

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      I think I might finally gone and overdone it 😦 But you’re spot on about running without a manifesto. The frontrunners for the Presidency in this nation are precisely the type of leaders she does not need.

      I read the article, and I was heartened to see that there are kindred minds out there. Thanks a lot for the link.

       
  37. Mahatma

    June 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Chrenyan, it is either PK is a political novice or has no clue about political intricacies in this continent. He might have done well in the corporate world as attested above by hordes of his followers but we are talking about political leadership. Get it right: POLITICal LEADERship. We are not debating about the boring corporate business leadership here. No soft play in controlled economic environment where you manage well-behaved professionals who you can send home if they are not performing. We are talking about bare-knuckle politics and the need for survival. You need to survive first before you even think of emerging victorious.

    I may not be Mutahi Ngunyi or the shallowly predictive Makau Mutua to comment on political affairs but on the issues of our next leader, I have at least something to say. PK will be white-washed. Period. The current political scene is so dynamic/ unpredictable to go it alone. For instance, behind Obama, there are deep pockets and seasoned politicians pulling the strings to make sure the guys succeeds. PK comes out as an elitist and going it alone seems to confirm this perception. Again, it is a proof that he lacks one trait of every great leader: team-leadership. He may have deep pockets (German money) but all this will go to waste (or put it in a better way, to Gatanga only!) if he doesn’t treat presidential race as game of politics. High-level lobbying and strategic alliances don’t mean you are a backward tribalist. Politics is a game of numbers. You either have it or you don’t. It is that simple. Tell him to spend time in understanding politics and governance. Sometimes, the same people who play a certain game don’t seem to understand it better than spectators who have a lot of time to study the game and point out the mistakes in play.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      I hear what you’re saying, but I suspect we are not going to agree; I can only hope that one day one of us will vuka sakafu. To me if Peter Kenneth’s stewardship of Gatanga as a constituency, including complete elimination of corruption within CDF; if his paying of taxes unbidden; if this is boring corporate business leadership, then brother, we are sorely, direly in need of boring corporate business leadership. Bring on the boring – in spades! Others, however, may see it differently.

      For now, let us agree to disagree, although I really urge you to reconsider. The same thinking that we have had the last 50 years will produce the same results it has always produced. Let us be willing to at least consider another way.

       
  38. Eryc Kush

    June 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    i love this article.it actually articulates well the character of a man one would like to admire,i can write about pk for the whole page but i choose to be precise and say.This is our king david kenya.I will vote PK any given monday morning.

     
    • Chrenyan

      June 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Hey Eryc,

      Thanks a lot for commenting. I was going to say feel free to comment at length, but if you have a lot to say, I urge you to write it and throw the link on here. I promise to read it and comment. What we need is more of this kind of candidature.

      Thanks again.

       
      • MaBaker

        July 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        Chrenyan, thanks for pointing me to this debate. Actually, I would have been somewhat surprised and disappointed if you had chosen to point me towards any other candidate, so thank you – we are on the same page. I think PK’s candidacy has been interrogated more than adequately from the intellectual point of view, although that should not stop the debate. Still, perhaps there is an opportunity to step up this activity in the direction of mobilising voters, and getting the message out. PK may be wealthy, but his opponents have much more money that they can afford to throw around. We should now be taking this conversation towards fund-raising a la Barrack Obama. Twenty Bob here, 100 Bob there, 1000 here 10000 there. Another PK, PAUL KAGAME of Rwanda, won by a majority based on issued-based politics, so its defeatist for some of us to say AFRICAN politics MUST be crude, brutal, and scheming. We can, and must, change this.

         
        • Chrenyan

          July 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

          Hey MaBaker,

          I sincerely appreciate your commenting. I must say that in the time since I have written this article and informed family and friends about it, I have become well-acquainted with that “surprised and disappointed” feeling!

          Judging from your comments, I think you are more of an action person, as in: what can be DONE? Like you, I sense what Martin Luther King called “the fierce urgency of Now.” For me this article was an attempt to explain the attractive points of Peter Kenneth’s candidature from the mwananchi’s level – what I have heard on the ground. I am aware that the Peter Kenneth volunteers has a team that is looking specifically at mobilization and another team looking at fundraising. Feel free to join up with the team, and if you get stuck, mail me directly on chrenyan@googlemail.com. You may also donate directly through the website and/or encourage others to do so.

          I agree (I can hardly agree more) that we fail when we say African politics must be characterized by dynasticism, poisoned by tribalism, and shot through with electoral malpractice ranging from ballot-stuffing to violence/vandalism. Someone once said on Twitter that it is amazing that 50 years after independence we are still talking about Kenyatta and Odinga. Kenya needs a Paul-Kagame-type leader who can spearhead a speedy rise to prominence.

          Jump in!

           
  39. ndaiga

    July 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    First, allow me to congratulate you for the excellent writing on this blog. It is indeed rare to find a blogger with. such a command of the language.

    Now, on the subject of Peter Kenneth, despite his commendable performance as m.p. of Gatanga, I felt that he was making a mistake in running for president. I felt that he would be better suited for the position of governor of Central province. But as I was reading this blog, it dawned on me that there is no politician who deserves my vote more. He is in a league entirely of his own. What we have here is a chance to vote in a president that we *KNOW* will serve Kenya’s interest first. He is not perfect, no one is, but he is the best we have. My mind is made up, I will vote for P.K.

    Finally, keep up the good work.
    P.s. I wouldn’t mind some writing tips. Little tricks that helped you along the way, that kind of thing.

     
    • Chrenyan

      July 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Hey Ndaiga,

      Want to thank you for your comment. The article has been read perhaps over 1,000 times but there are around 50 reader comments, so anyone who comments is in a minority. Thanks also for your compliments on the writing. I really appreciate that.

      It’s really, really great that while reading this piece, it came to you that Peter Kenneth deserves your vote. I agree – so many say “when I am in power” yet they are in power now. Not the highest power in the land, but enough power to make a real difference wherever they are. What have they done within their current spheres of influence? The argument that he should be Governor first is unfair on him, for none of the people running for President have ever been Governor before. The great tragedy is that we have so far elected leaders whose vision is merely getting into power, and enjoying the trappings of status and wealth that come with that power. We have failed to elect leaders whose vision encompasses what Kenya will be like after they have been in power. I think Peter Kenneth has a vision that is bigger than his own personal wealth, etc and that is something that cannot be said of most of the other candidates.

      P.S.
      How to write:

      (1) Read
      In my view, the best way to learn how to write, is to read. Read a lot, but read quality material. I sincerely lament the falling standards of Kenyan writing, especially in our dailies. It ought not to be that someone like me can do a better job than a Nation editor at correcting pieces. I urge all to read voraciously, both fiction and non-fiction. I think what has helped me is I read a whole lot when I was young so grammar, sentence constructs, etc are sort of ingrained. But it is never too late to start.

      (2) The “mojo”
      As with all writers, sometimes it’s there and sometimes it isn’t. Right now I have two articles just waiting to be published. At other times I go long stretches without blogging. Part of it has to do with Facebook and Twitter, such that you “microblog” and feel that’s all you need to say. However, what works for me is when I feel strongly about something, I start, and then I find I can’t stop, and it just keeps coming and coming.

      (3) Quietude
      Peace and quiet helps, too. Just a good period of silence (like when you’re trying to read) can trigger it. I remember once when I was reading in a library and The Busting of Benson got a hold of me. I couldn’t continue studying until I had written it down. I had to leave the library, get home, and type the thing out. I breathed easier after that.

      (4) Spiritual pieces
      Something/Someone gives me inspiration for the spiritual pieces. I try not to write entirely spiritual pieces unless that Something is there in it. There are times It will illuminate a particular Scripture, and I will be unable to think of anything else for sometimes even 30-40 minutes. It really used to come to me when I was studying for exams. Once it froze me at work. Another time It came to me while I was cleaning my room/washing clothes. It is not predictable, yet I feel sure that if I was a better Christian, It would come more often. I’m not special. I KNOW if I was a better Christian It’d come more often. So anyway, for the spiritual pieces, I try not to write those unless That’s there. And when That’s there I will even later cross-check with Scripture and find that what It was saying was right (that has happened once).

      (5) Walk away and come back
      Once you’ve written your article, walk away and come back. Forget that you ever wrote it. Let it sit there simmering like a good, thick stew (the mojo is on, man). Then come back after a good night’s sleep, and read it again. You’ll find spelling errors that will shock you. You’ll want to say this thing that way, and so on and so forth. You’ll want to add something here, move something there. Make sure you read your own work, at least once, before you…

      (6) Publish
      Hit the button. Publish. This piece on Peter Kenneth, was the first time I remember actually pausing before hitting the “Publish” button. You sort of feel you’re going past the point of no return. It’s going to be out in the public. Some will agree. Criticisms will come. But you’re doing something, you’re making your voice heard, you’re saying what needs to be said. The next article after this one, On The Passing of Professor George Saitoti, it was even harder to hit the “Publish” button. But Publish all the same! We’ll never be able to read it, unless you publish it.

      ALL THE VERY BEST.

       
  40. Suzanne

    July 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This I think is one of your best articles. Very articulate. You were right, if I read all the comments, I will finish in Dec 2014.

    First let me say thanks for the great insight on Peter Kenneth, who he is, what he’s done from the testimonies of other people. I wish we would get to hear the same about other presidential candidates. Perhaps it is that we don’t know people who have had encounters with them.

    I must say that you were quite brave and candid with your questions, and that has gotten you (and us) a lot of answers that we wouldn’t otherwise have gotten. Well done.

    If you were a journalist we would have unleashed you onto other candidates, but for now, this is great. As a result, I might just vote for him. I’m waiting to see who his running mate will be before making final decisions.

    Well done.

     
    • Chrenyan

      July 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Hey Sue,

      First, thanks for commenting. And thanks for the compliment 🙂 It would appear that what an author thinks his best article(s) is(are) and what they actually are varies! But thanks a lot for keeping your promise and commenting.

      I’ve written far more in the comments than I’ve written in the article itself! And by the way, there is a March 2013 deadline for reading election-related material 😉 More seriously, the comments are useful if you search for sentiments on Raila, Uhuru, Martha etc. Put together, however, they’re a bit much to read in one sitting. Feel free to pop in every once in a while and see what’s happening, though.

      This article was an attempt to give a “mwananichi” (sp) view of Peter Kenneth’s candidature. His name kept cropping up (in a way that other names did not) and I wanted to walk people through my own journey of discovery. I think the reason we may not hear of/read a ground-level article about other candidates is not only because we don’t know people who have had such encounters with them, but also (and perhaps mainly) because they have not done as much on the ground as Peter Kenneth has.

      Having thought about it, we shouldn’t have to be brave to ask a candidate pertinent questions. If someone wants to be our President, that person should answer our questions about them, about their track record, and about their conduct since they’ve been in positions of leadership. That’s fair. That ought to be normal. But unfortunately we hold the demagogues of our country in an unholy awe. We are afraid to hold the people that we vote for – and pay handsomely – accountable for their actions while they are in power. Let’s ask! Let’s ask Uhuru Kenyatta about how his family acquired those thousands of acres, and whether he can be relied on to implement effective national land reform while his family owns them. Let’s ask Raila about the scandals such as NHIF that have happened on his watch, and why he allowed bloodshed to continue in 2008 instead of conceding defeat for the sake of peace. Let’s ask Ruto to fully explain YK ’92. Both Uhuru and Ruto ought to be asked to explain why they feel that the fact that they have pending cases at the International Criminal Court does not in their minds disqualify them from being President. Since I asked Peter Kenneth about Sally Kosgei, I have even thought that I ought to ask Martha Karua about Father Wamugunda. The long and short is, let’s vet people before we vote for them. It’s the least we can do.

      Please vote for Peter Kenneth. Or if you don’t, at least have valid, logical reasons for whoever you vote for. I will personally follow you up on that one.

      Really appreciate your taking the time to stop by and comment. Thanks again.

       
      • Suzanne

        July 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        Hi,

        Karibu sana and thanks again for the insight. I’m very sure you will follow up on what my vote will be.

        We are about to start a study entitled Mkenya Halisi with my egroup and actually the entire Nairobi Chapel. So yesterday in preparation, we read this passage below and I felt I should share this with you. Read on.

        Deuteronomy 17:14-20. 🙂

         
        • Chrenyan

          July 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

          Hey Sue,

          I guessed which Scripture it was before I cross-checked. Our Pastor actually preached to us from these Scriptures before the 2007 elections and said “I will not tell you who to vote for, I will give you God’s criteria, and then you go and vote,” an act for which I respect him to this day. Too often politics and pulpit mix, with unsavoury results. The stance of the church in the nation of Kenya with regard to national politics is in itself the subject of a whole separate article which I have this week been hoping that God can inspire me about (the third time) to put down on paper. The reference Scripture for that article is Joshua 5:13-14. Going back to Deuteronomy, here is an attempt to gauge Peter Kenneth on each criterion:

          (1) Being God’s choice.

          I think Israel had a peculiar status. I read commentary on this and I really liked the first sentence of Matthew Henry’s Concise: “God Himself was in a particular manner Israel’s King; and if they set another over them, it was necessary that He should choose the person.” In the Kenyan context, the big question is: has God chosen Peter Kenneth? I honestly can’t say I know that He has/hasn’t. I have no answer there. Perhaps we are in so much trouble because we don’t allow God to choose our leaders any more. We live in a democratic country, and I always say the Kingdom of God… is not a democracy but rather it is a Kingdom. However, I think (and I may be wrong) that we can use the other criteria to judge the kind of leader God would choose, for I do not think God would choose a leader who would bring harm to people. This I will endeavour to do below.

          (2) Not being a stranger

          I did not know that the Constitutional requirement for the President to be a Kenyan citizen (and not a naturalized one) is actually Scriptural. Peter Kenneth meets this criterion.

          (3) Not multiplying horses

          I had to look at Bible commentaries to understand this one. Apparently God did not want the Kings of Israel to make armies with a lot of horses because they would lose their dependence on Him. Military strength was not to be inordinately multiplied. God wanted the glory for Israel’s military victories (He still wants the glory today for whatever He does in our lives). In the Kenyan context, perhaps no candidate would be accused of multiplying military strength in this manner. But in terms of dependence upon God, it may be possible to weigh candidates on this criteria. I have been told that Peter Kenneth is a staunch Christian (more on this below).

          Perhaps in the context of this, we also ought to rule out those who use armed gangs/militia to disrupt or otherwise affect electoral outcomes.

          (4) Not causing the people to return to Egypt

          God did not want the people to fall back to Egypt and (in Wesley’s words) “be infected with her idolatries.” Perhaps “Egypt” in Kenya’s situation can be interpreted both spiritually (in terms of the moral bankruptcy in Kenya on our radio stations, etc) and literally (the corruption, tribal strife etc). Again, I am informed that Peter Kenneth is a staunch Christian (Presbyterian). As for corruption, while others merely talk about “zero-tolerance,” he has completely eliminated corruption in the Gatanga CDF fund.

          (5) Multiplying wives to himself

          This was Solomon’s downfall. Now, I have been told about Sally Kosgei, etc. I was even told by someone else that Peter Kenneth is currently divorced (it is not true). On the other hand my banker, a lady who saw him at a Coast hotel (on holiday I think), said she respected him because there weren’t “other women” around him as one might expect with most politicians. I have boldly tried to ask both he and the campaign team members about these matters, as explained in the article. The outcome of my queries is that Peter Kenneth is (as far as I have been able to establish) happily married with two children, a boy and a girl. If I confirm anything to the contrary, I will update this comment.

          (6) Multiplying to himself silver and gold

          I am keenly awaiting Peter Kenneth’s wealth declaration, which he has said he will do closer to the official launch of his Presidential bid by asking the Speaker to release his annual wealth declarations. What I would say is that from what we know so far, it is very clear that some of the other candidates have indeed “multiplied to themselves” large amounts of inexplicable wealth, and through corrupt means. They are thus unwilling to declare their wealth publicly. When Peter Kenneth declares his wealth, we will be able to make even better judgement on this criterion.

          (7) Fearing God and keeping the words of the Law

          As earlier stated I have been reliably informed that he is a staunch Presbyterian. As for keeping the law, he has paid his taxes, voluntarily. If that isn’t keeping the law, I don’t know what is – that to me is righteousness.

          (8) Not being proud/having his heart lifted up

          I have stated in the article just how accessible Peter Kenneth is. His successes and achievements have not gone to his head (although this may have to do with how large his vision is). He is very personable and talks literally to anyone and everyone, he’s very approachable. Having now met him, it is even hard to mentally marry his talent for leadership with how down to earth he is.

          I challenge your e-group. I challenge you to construct a table with the names of the candidates as columns across the top and the Biblical criteria as rows down the side. Each criterion can be rated on a scale of 1-10. Do a points tally based on what you guys generally know about all the candidates. Ignorance should not be a defence, for if elections were held today, you would vote. I warn you – the discussion will become heated. But if you do a fair and credible job, I will do my best to publicize it.

          For those wondering which Scriptures are being referenced, see below:

          When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

          Deuteronomy 17:14-20 (KJV)

           
    • MaBaker

      July 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Hi Suzanne, you echo my sentiments exactly. Am in the same space myself, wondering who PK’s running mate is going to be. And yet this is an important question, because that individual must have not only a profile comparable to PK’s (its not alliances for alliances’ sake), but also from a realistic election-winning standpoint, the ability to unite East and West. This balance is not easy to strike, but even Barrack Obama had to think long and hard before coming up with Joe Biden.

       
      • Chrenyan

        July 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

        Hi MaBaker,

        When I linked to this article on Facebook, someone posted the following comment:

        PK is a good pick. One of the few candidates with a guideline of exactly what he plans to achieve. Im interested in knowing your opinion [Chrenyan] on Raphael Tuju. Maybe a comparison or contrast and why you pick PK over him. My ideal ticket would have the 2 of them together.

        My response to this query was:

        First thanks for taking the time to comment deeply. Since your comment I have taken the time to research a bit on Tuju. From my sources, I have heard that he achieved the following in Rarieda:

        1. Repaired roads in rural Rarieda (his constituency)
        2. Provided funding for women’s chamas, youth groups and church groups
        3. Piped water to homes
        4. Put in a ferry at Luanda Kotieno
        5. Instituted mobile clinics
        6. Provided support for promising University students from Rarieda

        Now this is the kind of thing we’re after. I have also heard some concerns as to how he got his wealth. But the thing is, between a wealthy person who does nothing and a wealthy person who does something for the people, the wealthy person who actually gets things done is far more desirable. Assuming what I listed above is true, I would be thrilled with a Tuju-Kenneth ticket – IF their values are the same (see my response to Mahatma on the article about alliances). What we need is more of this type of politics coming to the fore.

        What are we up against? When Tuju (whose achievements we have just seen) went to Kisumu, he was stoned. When Ruto (a suspect at the Hague) went there, he was feted and encouraged to “come back to the fold.” That is the twisted-ness of Kenyan politics, man. We can complain – or we can do something about it. I urge you to do everything you can to get those around you to see things a different way.

        Thanks for your comment – in answering it I have learnt a lot about Tuju. Appreciate that.

        I do not know who the Peter Kenneth campaign is considering as regards possible options for a running mate. But they could do a lot worse than Raphael Tuju.

         
        • MaBaker

          July 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

          Chrenyan, thanks for all the work that you have done on the “running mate” angle. It must be a coincidence, of course, but I think this is something that could be explored. Both Peter Kenneth and Raphael Tuju are Starehe alumni! Maybe there could be something significant there?

          Anyhow, today I wanted to express a serious concern. Reading articles in both the Daily Nation and The East African today, it occurred to me that otherwise knowledgeable commentators tend to paint all Kenyan presidential candidates with the same broad brush, and considering the fact that conventional wisdom is that candidates are in it as though getting power is an end in itself, it seems to me that the Peter Kenneth campaign must differentiate itself.

          I reproduce below, excerpts from the papers today – for the life of me, I can’t imagine any justification for lumping Peter Kenneth together with say, Cyrus J., but that is the nature of the challenge I describe.

          Muthoni Wanyeki – The East African

          ….“That’s it. The political cartoonist Gado, the most brilliant Kenyan commentator there is (even though he’s originally Tanzanian), expressed it best. His cartoon on the electoral campaigns showed all the presidential hopefuls revealing their manifestos. Which are, across the board, to… beat Raila Odinga.”
          ….For that assumption, we must thank Odinga and Karua. And we must hope that their moves will spark similar moves among the other presidential hopefuls. To elevate the electoral campaigning to something approaching substance — and touching on the concerns, difficulties and hopes we all have in our day-to-day lives — for ourselves, our families and our country.

          Macharia Gaitho – Daily Nation

          “But nobody will betray those confidences because they are all co-conspirators. And the real tragedy is that even when I look at the whole galaxy of charlatans tripping over each other’s feet in the race to succeed President Kibaki, all I see is a bunch of fellows who differ only on whose turn it is to occupy State House, whose turn it is to eat.”

           
          • Chrenyan

            July 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

            Hey MaBaker,

            Thanks again for a detailed and involved comment. I was lucky in that I knew someone who knew someone who knew Raphael Tuju’s work firsthand 🙂 So getting the answers turned out to be a lot easier than one would have thought. So they are both from Starehe?! You know what? I think you are right. It is entirely possible that this kind of background gives someone an appreciation for what can be done to elevate the lives of people, instead of being so inward-looking all the time. Because it has happened to them, they feel ready and able and fortunate enough to be willing to give back to the society that has helped them so much. Could very well be true.

            I like this discussion because we are now talking method/strategy. In other words, we are talking about “how” (differentiation) and not “whether”, or “if”. This is my take.

            The thing is, those Kenyans who are perceptive are now tired. The promise of Kibaki’s presidency has long since been lost. A dishonoured MoU and numberless scandals later, what this nation ushered in during those heady days in early 2003 is now lies discarded in a dust-heap (I see scope for making this in itself the subject of an entire article). This week I talked to someone (someone very young) who has decided never to vote. Their view is that change through the ballot can never work, and that one must try to bring what little change one can on one’s own, outside “the system.” My best efforts to dissuade them were to no avail. Similarly, the Gaithos and Wanyekis of this world have seen, they have watched, they have observed and they are tired. Of corruption. Of tribal parochialism. Of little things (huge motorcades and citywide gridlock during airport transfers). Of big things (NHIF/Kabuga). Of one step forward (Mutula Kilonzo as Justice Minister) and three steps back (Eugene Wamalwa as Justice Minister). It is not difficult to understand their apathy.

            We also have other Kenyans who are not tired. Young Kenyans. Energetic Kenyans. But what is unfortunate is that they are tireless in perpetrating the numberless prejudices of a previous generation whose time is now over. They “believe,” etc etc. It is a source of constant wonder to me how it is possible for our generation to be as divided as that of our parents. Surely we have no excuse?

            So I agree. The Peter Kenneth campaign must distinguish itself from both these camps. It must, one more time, convince the weary and apathetic of the certainty of real change. It must secondly seek to instill in the misguided youth a more admirable ideal/agenda than that which they are currently pursuing. And finally, yet most importantly (and this is where it will all start) it must capture the hopes of another set of Kenyans who are also tireless, but who are tireless in a different, more noble way. Tireless in the belief that there can still be one Kenya and progress for all who live within its borders. It must tap in to these latent reservoirs hidden deep in the hearts of a minority of the Kenyan population – a minority who are atribal and wish only to witness the advancement of their nation during their lifetimes. We have to nurse a rather slender flame that currently burns in the hearts of a precious few and with it set alight the hearts of many. It is a huge task. But we are not alone.

            One thing that can be done is to post a link to this blog post on these articles. I have done it for the Macharia Gaitho article. Sometimes Disqus doesn’t allow it, or my comments are rejected after moderation, but let’s see what happens. If you could post on The East African article (I don’t have a login for this website), I’d be most grateful.

             
            • MaBaker

              July 11, 2012 at 1:55 am

              Hey Chrenyan,

              Am glad you perfectly understood what I was trying to say. For a while there, after I pressed “POST”, I thought I had not been clear enough. My apologies for underestimating you. Anyway, moving on very swiftly, your take is 100% correct. I used to think I was an incurable cynic, but your article and the discourse therein has disabused me of that illusion in a wholesome manner. And thanks again. So, I have moved from the “whether” and i am now on the “how”. Earlier, you pointed out that I seem to be an action-oriented kind of person. Indeed I am. Its when I feel as though I can’t see a way, a method, that I feel inept, helpless and discouraged. But from where I sit – or stand – I cant still countenance the notion that the Gaithos and Wanyekis – exposed as they are – do not have something to say about PK’s campaign information. Either the campaign has let them down by not reaching out to them in some way, or they are deliberately blacking PK out. I cringe to imagine that it might be the latter. The question we must confront in a very honest manner is this – WHY DO RESPECTED JOURNALISTS NOT KNOW WHAT PETER KENNETH IS PUTTING ON THE TABLE? Its certainly not because he does not have a web or social media presence, because he does! If one visited the Peter Kenneth website, they would see that he has a plan, and its not that he wants to be President instead of Raila Odinga. How do we get buy-in from individuals who have a forum like the Daily Nation and The East African from which platforms they can reach our target audience – or at least a substantial section of it? There is a “missing” in the media strategy. I dont have an answer right now – I need to stop writing late into the night and go to bed – but there is a mobilisation I see needs to be activated. I know it needs money, and indeed I have started contributing a few cents (what I can afford at a time – there is no limit to the number of times one can contribute, you see 🙂 but its not always a question of throwing ever more money at a problem. Its a question of PK creating meaningful visibility by creating a forum here in Kenya, where he can interact with the greatest number of people. I mean the kind of platforms he accesses in the Diaspora are doubly needed at home. Truth be said, the guys in the Diaspora do not have leadership problems. We do. Engage with us. We know what we want, and we have more votes. Thats what I would ask Peter Kenneth to start doing. Pronto.
              Maybe I will have more ideas after I have slept a wink. My final thoughts for the night? I can understand those who are tired and jaded, but I cannot subscribe to their opinions. I have two young daughters in school, with a whole life ahead of them, God willing. If I allow my cynicism to get the better of me, to be come tired and jaded, what sort of world would I be creating for them. Better to accept that the flame is rather slender – and for a reason – and to know that it must be rekindled – I must rekindle it – for my little ones, who very soon will not be so little and might wonder what the heavens we were all doing when their world was going to the dogs.

               
          • Chrenyan

            July 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

            Hey MaBaker,

            Thanks for writing, again. And thanks for having the passion to respond so late at night about the issue. I know what you mean about worrying after hitting “Post”! 🙂 No apologies to make. No doubt the time will come when I will misunderstand, and hopefully you’ll correct me.

            I am glad that this article and the discourse here has given you hope. I’m also glad you said it did so in a wholesome way. As a Christian, the means I use is important, as well as the end. Allan’s comment (Please be gentle in your responses and try address the issue raised as opposed to where it is coming from) was a wake-up call.

            You know what? It is the campaign (and what small part we each play in it) that has let them down by not reaching out to them. I think I will do this now. In life, when confronted with an unfavourable situation, it is good to first assess what we might have done (or in this case might not) that has contributed to that situation. What could I have done that has led to this state of affairs? Maybe we can write to these journalists and let them know. Or we can write letters to the editor. But something should be done. It’s good if we do something. Seeing the problem is step (1) of (2). Step (2) is solving it. I assure you, many do not even arrive at Step (1). Either the problem is mis-diagnosed, or its causes are not looked at critically, many times because this can involve self-examination. Like in this case, let us admit that we can do something without waiting for the campaign to flood the media. I have written to the two journalists and expressed your concerns. There is still something we can do as we wait for the Campaign to start blanketing the nation with its message. And as you say, writing to Ms. Wanyeki and Mr. Gaitho doesn’t take money. If the flame, though slender, is real enough, action will follow. I really urge you to do what you can to turn attention of those around you to Peter Kenneth as well.

            As I was telling Murira elsewhere on the page, I am also in a hurry! I am not willing to waste another 5-10 years. What for? If it will be good in 10 years, it’s even better now.

            And thanks for contributing to the campaign. That is real belief, you’ve beaten me on that one. The first volunteers’ meeting we attended, Peter Kenneth stated that he has not started spending what donations the campaign has already received, because he wants to be as accountable for campaign funding as he will be when he is President. I trust your contribution is in safe hands, and that it will not be spent hiring goons, buying pangas, etc etc.

            I sent your comment to some of the campaign team, as well. I trust they are paying attention, I have told the team much the same thing regarding publicity and engagement a good number of times. It has been amply expressed on these very pages. I am glad to report that the wheels are beginning to turn. There will be a response.

             
            • MaBaker

              July 12, 2012 at 5:33 am

              Hey Chrenyan,

              Thanks for your response. Hopefully, PK’s Campaign will enter the national conversation sooner than later, and not be limited only to the 1000 or so reading this blog. Although in our small ways, we must also point people to this blog and grow the platform. I have tried to share it with my friends, and am getting some feedback – so something is happening there too.

              The only thing I did not quite understand in your response was a reference to Allan’s comment – and the need to be gentle and address issues as opposed to their sources. If you would kindly let me know what this was in the context of. I tried look for Allan’s comment, which I see was from quite a while back, and I know I was not addressing it. And I certainly hope that I wasn’t “not gentle” in addressing the issue that I did, although the source of the problem was an integral part of what did need to be done.

               
              • Chrenyan

                July 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

                Hey MaBaker,

                No response from Mr Gaitho/Ms. Wanyeki yet.

                I agree. With a collective effort, the Peter Kenneth campaign can enter national conversation. It is a big task, yes. But I was telling someone you have to be a little crazy to do great things.

                Allan’s comment was a wake-up call for me. It probably came as a result of some comments I made on Facebook when I first posted this article, and when I was formulating responses to sentiments that I now club together and call the “kutupa kura” point of view. (The fact is that we have been tuparing our kuras for the last 50 years, but that is another matter altogether.) Perhaps he even said it as a result of some of my earlier comments on this post, I don’t know. But it sobered me up. As I said, for a Christian, the means is very important. I think I was perhaps too hard-hitting in the beginning, and if I was, I regret it. I still do my best to dismantle so-called arguments against Peter Kenneth that really are not reasons not to vote for him, but rather excuses not to vote for him. It is not that everyone must see this point of view; for example there are very good reasons for voting for Raila as Allan and David above have pointed out. But I am more careful, and I have tried to do my level best to stick to the issue since Allan wrote that. In all, I have grown a whole lot as an individual as a result of posting this article and having to pen responses to each comment.

                Once again, thanks for commenting. Please tell everyone the way you feel about Peter Kenneth. I am glad this article helps you do that.

                Aluta continua.

                 
              • MaBaker

                July 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

                Chrenyan,

                Thanks again. I just received a positive response from PK’s PA to a question I had raised a couple of days ago, based on some agenda on PK’s website. I think you know something of what it feels like – to know that someone who can make a difference is actually ready to interact personally with a common citizen.

                I have just made up my mind. One of the first things I must do when I return to Kenya is take a tour of Gatanga, and observe first-hand, the situation on the ground. I might just get some insights that reading reports will not convey.

                Aluta continua, my friend.

                PS: And yes, every chance I get, I try to tell folks about PK. Will keep on doing this.

                 
  41. MaBaker

    July 6, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Chrenyan,
    Am not the fawning type, but am not above the occasional bout of out-of-body experiences and pride in my own country and the people who live in it, when I come across an exceptional mind. And I must say that after reading some of what you have had to say, such a bout is well and truly underway. If you had not alluded to your apolitical nature, I would ask you to be Peter Kenneth’s running mate, and then the possibility that Kenya would have proper leadership would suddenly become real. Anyhow, you are already providing leadership, you dont have to be a politician to do that.

     
    • Chrenyan

      July 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Hi MaBaker,

      Thanks for writing in so often, I really appreciate that. All authors do. *heavy compliment* Maaaaan… thanks a lot!! Yes, I will not seek political office. And as you have said in your comment on Peter Kenneth’s running mate, the East-West divide must be bridged (more on that later, by the way).

      Although tribalism and a failure to understand our problems is a real issue in Kenya, on the other hand I have discovered that Kenya has many, many people who have a truly exceptional understanding of the ills that face us and how to start solving them. Purely by way of example, over the last two days I have read three articles about the problems in our education system, and possible solutions. The first describes the problem based on personal experience, while the second lists the ills more “scientifically.” The third starts to look at solutions, which is always important. So there is a very deep pool of talent in Kenya. However, the political environment so far has served to suppress this talent, rather than nurture it. If we can change the political environment, and if people would have greater visions than just their own personal advancement, this country would achieve the truly phenomenal.

      Thank you for letting me know that I am providing leadership. And perhaps I am, in my own small way. It’s easy to complain, and we Kenyans are professionals at it. I just thought that I could do something, instead of complaining all the time. Even so, I remain constantly aware of the magnitude of what needs to be done: this article has been read about 1,000 times. There are 13 million registered voters in Kenya. That is the scale of the task.

      But it can start with one.

      Thanks again, for writing in.

       
  42. Linda

    July 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Pretty impressive he is and though it will take some time before we can fix all the issues in Kenya ,Mr Kenneth seems to be a worthy candidate.If he succeeds in getting enough votes to actually win this election then that will surely be a blessing for Kenya.In any case he has my vote,Iv never voted before since I never thought any candidate was really worth it but I will definitely be following his campaign and getting as many on board as I can.This could be the beginning of real change.Thanks Chrenyan for this article,before it, Im embarassed to admit I didnt even know he existed as Im sure many people abroad don’t either.

     
    • Chrenyan

      July 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Hey Linda,

      First of all, THANKS A WHOLE LOT for commenting. All authors are happy to receive a comment.

      I fully agree, implementing change takes time. But the sooner we can start, the better. I also think that we suffer under certain simple structural problems that can very easily be corrected with immediate and stellar results. So there is cause to be optimistic.

      (I should add that the reason that these fundamental problems have not been corrected to date is because there are people with interests in keeping the situation bad. Food security is a good example of this: we are net importers of maize, and this should not be. However, powerful forces benefit from our having to import it. This is what we have to change.)

      You definitely shouldn’t be embarrassed that you didn’t know about Peter Kenneth before. That’s the problem! The well-known politicians are (generally) the ones who are not best for our country. This article was an attempt to start solving that problem. I am glad that (in your case) it has succeeded, that is encouraging.

      I am also very grateful for your willingness to contribute by bringing people on board. Feel free to point as many people as you can to this article, if you so wish. And should you require any help (if people have questions that you can’t answer, etc) let me know and I’ll do what I can.

      All the best!

       
  43. Murira Ikihia

    July 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I strongly believe that Peter kenneth should start as a governor. He stands a good chance this time around. That should act a good springing board for the presidential in 2017. We must always play to win. If can replicate the same in the Muranga county, then the whole country will be waiting for him.

     
    • Chrenyan

      July 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Hey Murira,

      I appreciate your comment, thanks. I would like to think Peter Kenneth would be a shoo-in for Murang’a Governor. However it is better for him to run for President. My friend, there’s no need for us to lie down and accept the status quo. There’s no need to condemn ourselves to another five years of tribal politics and the plundering of Government coffers on a grand scale. If positive change will be good for us in 5 years, that same positive change is even better for us now, my brother.

       
  44. Mary Wambui

    July 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I also follow Pk on FB and Twitter and I want to vote for him but my friends say he will not win coz he is not popular in shagz. what do u think?

     
    • Chrenyan

      July 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for commenting and thanks for your question.

      To me, our votes must say something about the way we want our countries to run. Or else, what are elections for? To vote for the winner and yet that winner is a looter, and has possibly been involved in the slaying of innocent Kenyans, is that good citizenship? Is it voting in the best interests of the nation, especially when there are better candidates? We must vote honestly and in a way that we can explain our votes to anybody – and for Christians, even to God.

       
  45. transatlanticlawfirm

    July 25, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Chrenyan:

    Thanks and congrats on this great piece on PK. Even more commendable is your patience and thoughtfulness with the comments. Wow!

    I am one of the volunteers with Peter Kenneth Diaspora and can confirm that his message is resonating well here. Perhaps it is because Diasporans have experienced first-hand alternative governance and the delivery of public services by relatively more accountable governments. I should know, having lived and worked in the U.S. for over a decade.

    PK is the man to beat if the criterion is performance, integrity and clarity of vision. He will not do well if Kenyans are looking for inept, corrupt, tribalistic, selfish and unaccountable leaders. We have plenty of that already.

    It is said that people get the leadership they deserve. If Kenyans chose to stay the current course with so-called reformers who turn into looters and unapologetic nepotists to boot, it certainly will not be for want of alternatives. PK fits the bill of the kind of leader Kenya needs and deserves.

     
    • Chrenyan

      July 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Transatlanticlawfirm

      Thanks a lot for commenting, I appreciate it. And thanks for your compliments! I confess that the patience has had to be learned, particularly after writing this article!

      It’s great to catch a Diasporan on here. Tell me: are our brothers and sisters abroad going to be able to vote? If so, what will the mechanism for doing it be?

      Although it is a sore point with some Kenyans, it is nevertheless true that Diasporans have experienced good governance first-hand, and so they are more able to clearly see what the nation needs. It would be tragic indeed if someone lived outside the country and continued perpetuating the tribal myths that have so much prevalence back at home.

      I also agree that we get the leadership we deserve! It is as much about unenlightened voters voting for the wrong people, as it is about enlightened voters not voting at all. Both lead to the same less than desirable outcome. Therefore we have a mobilization task on our hands.

      I salute you for having the courage to volunteer your time and efforts to spread this message. Feel free to use this article to help you do so, if it will help, and if there’s something else I can do, please let me know through chrenyan@googlemail.com.

       
  46. Chrenyan

    July 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

    My attention has been drawn to an article published in The Kenyan Daily Post entitled: “Peter Kenneth Is Not That Clean.” I request you to read the article before reading my response below.

    Now folks, I always welcome dissenting views. Such sentiments should not just be dismissed in a cloud of emotion and angry words. Instead, they should be examined based on available facts in the public domain, and where this cannot be done, the candidate should be confronted directly. In fact, all Kenyans should be willing to confront their candidate(s) of choice (including Peter Kenneth) on their Twitter handles, on their Facebook pages, through email – whichever way they can. They are public figures and they should be accountable to we, the public.

    Some of the things mentioned in the article have already been dealt with in comments on this page. But I will try to deal with them as best as I can.

    (1) The Haroun Mwau connection
    Earlier in the Comments section of this article, WanjikuRevolutionKenya asks:
    “Why is he Mwau’s insurer?”

    I confronted Peter Kenneth directly, and his personal response was:
    “l am a shareholder in an insurance company that has a share of Nakumatt’s cover, the lead insurer being Kenindia (if that’s the connection).”

    (2) Party offices and support across the provinces
    If you go to Youtube you will find a plethora of video clips on a channel called “MyPKTV” where you will see Peter Kenneth has traversed this nation opening Kenya National Congress offices. These include:

    a) The Baringo County office (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFb-2AR8tuw)
    b) The Marakwet County office (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi2pQFFg8B8)
    c) The Kericho County office (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlDSoejMy-k)

    On top of this you will find more Youtube videos that show that he has paid personal visits to the following places:

    Eastern Province: Kathiani (Machakos), Tharaka Nithi, North Imenti
    Rift Valley Province: Turkana, Nakuru, Eldoret North
    Western Province: Malava

    In a good number of these places he goes in the company of the local MP and speaks to his/her constituents in his/her presence. The links I’m giving you are just what is on Youtube, and this is public, searchable data. I’m sure if one contacted the campaign team, or Peter Kenneth himself, one would be given an even better answer to these questions.

    Based on this I find it difficult to take the “lack of support in other provinces” point.

    (3) Voters Roll
    I asked Peter Kenneth himself about this allegation, and this was his personal response:

    “On membership, we have had the fewest disputes as a party on registration, and these registers are available. We made it in 38 counties though the mandatory was 24.”

    (4) Tribalism
    I know some of the people on the campaign team, including senior positions in Policy and Mobilization. And I can tell you that the assertion that he is tribal is a blatant lie. We have Maasai, Luos, Luhyas… I will never forget the young Luhya who attended a volunteers meeting (having travelled all the way from Western at personal expense) and spoke passionately about Peter Kenneth because Peter Kenneth had been to support Dr Khalwale during the by-election and he said that he realized at that time that Peter Kenneth is not tribal. He claimed that they had even set aside offices for KNC’s use in that region.

    Further, Peter Kenneth is on public record as saying he doesn’t want to be the preferred candidate for Central Kenya because we do not need regional leaders any more. We need somebody with a national vision. This stance has not won him too many friends in Central Province, but it has won him the support of right-thinking Kenyans.

    (5) Working conditions of staff
    By an absolute coincidence, less only yesterday I was talking with a staff member of the KNC. I asked her what PK is like as a boss. Let me quote the lady verbatim:

    “He is the most stress free boss you can ever find. You can freely interact with him….He is open and honest. When he walks into the office your heart doesnt skip a bit coz he wont even interfere with what one was doing… You can negotiate with him on anything. Give him ideas and you discuss them etc. I think thats all i can say for now :)”

    With just what I know and have been able to ascertain from info that is within my reach and within the public domain, this is my conclusion: I give the editors of The Kenyan Daily Post credit for posting the article in the “Gossip and Drama” section. That really is where most of these allegations rightly belong.

    Now folks, we all want this nation to progress (I hope!). We are all tired of what has gone wrong. We all want something better. It’s not about winning/losing arguments, or even who is right and who is wrong. It’s not about following one’s candidate of choice blindly either, because before long one will find oneself defending the indefensible. That is what I now call “The Miguna Route,” because if we’re honest people, it ends in tears when we finally wake up and confront the truth about our candidates of choice. So it’s not about such things. It’s about staying true to the issues. It’s about examining each allegation, putting it to the test, accepting those that are true, soundly rejecting those that are not, and then making an honest, considered decision about who should lead our country based on everything that we know to be true.

    If we can all do that, we will go far.

     
  47. Stephanie VanBuren

    August 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    AMAZING, for the first time in my life im going to vote….my husband says im easily swayed so here I am…smitten..I even went to his FB page, and he actually replied….

    I asked Martha Karua on twitter, on those funny ask Martha anything.. what she has to say about her involvement in PEV and the way she defended PNU, guess what she did…………SHE IGNORED

    so yes i will register..look for the party name and vote for Peter Kenneth..it all started with a dream even for Obama, and when he came to Kenya, many politicians laughed at him..i guess they are not laughing at him now….

     
    • Chrenyan

      August 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Hey Stephanie,

      Thanks for commenting. Hey, you TOO?! Always exciting to find someone else who thinks that this is our best shot at doing what I call “writing a different story.”

      You could perhaps ask your husband to read his article. You might also want to ask him to write to Peter Kenneth; it may surprise him when he gets a response.

      As I’ve said in the article, I like Peter Kenneth’s approachability. I’ve stated elsewhere on this page why I find it difficult to support Martha Karua, although she has some excellent qualities. Perhaps it is not surprising that she never responded to your query; it’s a tough question. But all of our leaders need to start being accountable to those who put them in positions of leadership, and it’s a lot easier to see that in Peter Kenneth than in many of these candidates.

      I always challenge people: ask the politician for yourself. Social media has done a lot to remove the layers of hierarchy between ourselves and those that want to lead us. So ask the politician for yourself. If you don’t get an answer, ask yourself WHY you’re not getting an answer, and let it affect your evaluation of that leader.

      Thanks again, I’ve enjoyed responding to your comments.

       
      • Stephanie VanBuren

        August 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        My mission is to “volunteer” my husband because i know his thinking is strategic, he loves politics, and always has solutions for Kenya( i know i sound Smitten) but he read the “Rise of Singapore” or a book close to that…..so cm’on

        I think he would really help PK and our vision..but how to “volunteer” the guy..
        I really think PK has a shot..though i ready Miguna’s book and he posed some questions about him( he acquired 2 choppers) I thought thats very good at least he has money and we wont have to donate for him(Kiyapi style)..i also think Ole Kiyapi is a right canddate- and he(Miguna) was kinda supporting Martha Karua…smh!…

        Anyway Project volunteer….thanks for the articles..very well written,in simple correct English:)

         
        • Chrenyan

          August 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

          Hey Stephanie,

          If only every wife was as “smitten” with her husband as you are! Perhaps he read “From Third World to First” by Lee Kuan Yew? I haven’t read it myself, but it’s on the shelf waiting it’s turn.

          Now, your husband is right to ask questions. I myself have asked Peter Kenneth questions about his wealth. He responded by saying that he will ask the Speaker to release the declarations of wealth that he (Peter Kenneth) has made over the years, and Kenyans can judge them for themselves. I am keenly awaiting this.

          Please show him this video and ask him what he thinks about the soundness of Peter Kenneth’s economic policies (i.e. whether they hold water or not). That might kick things off.

          Thanks, as always.

           
  48. Stephanie VanBuren

    August 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Thats the book….:):) im addicted to this blog..please post…errr daily, im waiting for your take on Kenyans criticizing our athletes..yet they cant walk a mile..oh you can throw in one on relationships…its just a thought

     
    • Chrenyan

      August 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      While I’m flattered that you like what I say enough to want me to post daily, I’m afraid that’s one request I’ll not be able to comply with. First, generating meaningful content is not that easy for me. Secondly, I feel an article needs to simmer a bit. So that the commenting slows down and things like that. I do have a number of posts lined up though. Thanks again – and please stay tuned!

       
  49. Muli GK

    August 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Good pple its true the stories about PK. He is a remarkable leader that kenya deserves. I RECOMMEND him for the presidency of kenya without any further reservations.

     
    • Chrenyan

      August 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Hey Muli,

      Thank you so much for commenting. And thank you very much for your vote of confidence in Peter Kenneth. This morning we have seen him stand up in Parliament and decry the watering down of the Integrity Bill, something only Martha Karua (as a competitor for the top seat) also did.

      At the same time, we have also heard that Kenya could have nearly 20 billion barrels of oil lying beneath her hot sands, according to Africa Oil estimates. The time has never been better for right leadership for this country.

      Kindly spread the word.

       
  50. Suleiman Gazafx

    September 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Love the diction in the article. Love how I also grew fond of President Kenneth due to his CDF kitty management and tax payment. Furthermore, I’ve always told people that every good soul can be bought for a price…….however, there is a that part in that good soul which allow one not to be bought. Guess Kenneth has that kind of soul….Alliances and coalitions have tainted and tarnished even saints in Kenya. Mr. President even if my vote will not dent the million something vote I will stand the rain or scorching sun to vote for you…your integrity and leadership is amazing your the change that Kenya needs

     
    • Chrenyan

      September 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Hey Suleiman,

      Thanks for commenting! That was quick, I really appreciate it. And thanks for your compliment on the writing.

      Yes, those two things (CDF management and tax) are what really stand out about Peter Kenneth. The fact that he is not up for entering alliances with any corrupt elements is also most commendable, because (as he has explained himself) you can end up in an alliance that prevents you from effecting any change at all.

      If this nation had a Parliament of Peter Kenneths, we would be very far. But since there’s only one, we must do our best to make him President.

      Thanks again for commenting.

       
  51. jodande

    October 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    An interesting perspective right there. I believe the problem with PK’s candidature is that Kenyans may still feel that they don’t know him that much. If he could really come out and introduce himself to Kenyans better, we may feel the need to respond to his request/bid in a positive way.

     
    • Chrenyan

      October 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Hey JOdande,

      First of all thanks for your comment. It is true that a serious campaign that will blanket the media needs to be done in order to imprint Mr Kenneth on the Kenyan psyche. That has already begun, with his tours to Kisii this week, and with the launch of his Presidential campaign imminent. As his campaign gains traction, I believe we will finally have a viable option to all these other non-starters who deliberately avoid the issues troubling a majority of Kenyans and instead prosecute a tribal style of politics (in particular the top-5).

      Thanks again for commenting!

       
    • Chrenyan

      November 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Hey Ndaauo,

      Thanks a lot for the link. I agree with the analysis and I have left a comment on that blog. Let’s keep spreading the word!

       
  52. Juliana Waldhauser

    November 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Hallo Chrenyan. I absolutely like the article especially for its objectiveness. I have a page on facebook “21st Century Kenya” and would love, with your permission, to share it there. Thank you in advance.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Dear Juliana,

      First of all thanks for finding the time to comment. I’m very glad that you like the article. Feel free to share this or any other article I have posted on this blog on the “21st Century Kenya” Facebook page. Freely we receive, freely we give…

      Thanks again.

       
  53. Juliana Waldhauser

    November 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you Chrenyan. Feel free to follow the page 🙂 Have a wonderful week.

     
  54. Tim

    November 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    This article is the most objective opinion I have read of any presidential candidate. I also request for permission to share on fb.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Hey Tim,

      Thanks very much for commenting, and thanks for the compliment! I really like your compliment because truth and objectivity are very important. Sometimes the truth is unpalatable, but it is still the truth and we can only progress when we accept it.

      The articles on this blog are free for distribution. The more who read, the better! So do feel free to share any article you like.

      Asante once again.

       
  55. Gracejoy

    November 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Wow,

    first of all good work cheryan.

    I didn’t think Hon. Peter Kenneth would be such a big impact before his political launch…He is most definitely my president and has even more won my vote (win or no win) with his family set up. having his son Endorse him and even mention his sister was the best set up ever and Kenya needs a leader who knows the importance of a family set up. His style of campaigning (issue based) for votes is far much better from all leaders and his social website is just GREAT!! it has got all and even more that markets him well.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Hey Gracejoy,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Further, I appreciate your compliment about the work.

      The launch has had an impact that continues to amaze me, honestly. I was sold before I saw his family, but it is indeed an added bonus. What sets him apart to me is his ability to deliver something that the common man can see. The fact that he is about issues and not tribal is also very very important in this country.

      What Gatanga has now, Kenya can have in March. It’s that simple.

       
  56. thepinklakegirl

    November 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Reblogged this on The PinkLakeGirl and commented:
    My support goes to you Chrenyan. Thank you for this great post.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Hi PinkLakeGirl

      You’re welcome. Thank you for reblogging this piece, for your comment and for your compliment.

       
  57. Njuguna Ngugi

    November 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    As Edmund Burke said : All it takes for evil to thrive is for good men (and women) to do nothing.

    Ending political tribalism starts with us. Do ur bit, I do mine.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Hey Njuguna,

      Thank you very much for commenting. That gem of a quote has come up repeatedly in the course of these discussions. It is a very apt one for our current situation. Ending tribalism will start within us. I am shoulder to shoulder with you in the battle, Sir. Let us do it for the sake of those to come.

       
  58. Kitawa W

    November 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I am voting for Peter Kenneth. I am willing to spend my December holiday, my free time and anything I can lay my hands on in the name of tangible and intangible resources to get sanity to our State House. I watch the bulletin each day and every other candidate portrays just but a mere show of ego and hurling insults is the order of the day. With PK, he has actually given me that hope, and I know that majority of the youth are going to line up behind him. I have already signed up to be a volunteer, to reach the people, preach change, fight monopoly systems of leadership. I urge Peter and his campaign team to not stop after the launch…go to the grassroots, recruit people and while the others are having marital coalition disputes, you can show the rest of Kenya that you can do it.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Hey Kitawa,

      Thank you very much for commenting. Speaking purely as an author, I am heartened when I read such comments!

      I salute you also for signing up as a volunteer. Really we must be willing to do as much as we can to put Peter Kenneth in office. There is a clear difference between his candidature and the others. As the youth we are by far the majority. It is high time we were tired enough of being sat on by these tribal chauvinists to do something about it. We may be tired, yes, but we have got to be tired ENOUGH. May our sons and daughters be born into a Kenya where there are no divisions, a truly united Kenya where anyone has a decent chance at making it in life. Not a Kenya where people are willing to work and can’t find work to do, or a Kenya where people work so hard but have next to nothing to show for it.

      Na tuanze!

       
  59. Maish

    November 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Chrenyan, this is well written. I appreciate an argument based on issues and not personalities. I would like to see objective responses to this as well as similar evaluations of every person asking Kenyans for the job. Everyone knows when asking for a job it is up to you to convince the employers they should give you a shot. The sad thing is the employer in this case has been made to feel they are at the mercy of the candidate. This needs to change. Sad to say we are looking for change elsewhere yet we only need to look in the mirror. I walk/drive around and observe how we treat ourselves and each other and realise it is no surprise we end us as we have over the years. We need to start with every man/woman/youth/child. We need to change from inside out.

    Kenya is turning 50, and I say there is hope. We are maturing, perhaps not at the rate we would like but we are growing. We now live in an era of liberties like never before. We can interact and debate online though we have never met. This is a great tool that God has allowed us in this era. I believe change is inevitable. There is hope for our children, my children. In Kenya.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Maish,

      Thank you for your comment, and for your compliment on the contents of the article. I appreciate both.

      What you say is true: the employer has been intimidated by the employed! It is a topsy-turvy situation indeed. But we have the power to correct it. And as you correctly point out, it must begin within us. We have to begin to treat ALL Kenyans FAIRLY. We must stop this fixation with last names and deal with people on the basis of their abilities.

      And I agree with you; I feel that as a nation we stand at a great junction in our nation’s history. There is so much we have going for us. Oil has been discovered in Turkana. There is coal in Ukambani. Beneath the Rift Valley is enough geothermal power to power us into the future. It is a matter of time before they announce the existence of natural gas off our shores. We have plenty of arable farmland. We have wildlife. We have a range of natural beauty perhaps unparalleled on this earth with our savannahs, our beaches, and our mountains. I am informed that they are now prospecting for gold in Western Kenya. And to top it all off, we have a young, enthusiastic, energetic population that is just begging for a chance to be put to work. Now, we can make one choice and retrogress for at least another decade, or we can make another choice and put in place the kind of leadership that can harness all these factors together.

      IT IS WITHIN THIS GENERATION’S POWER TO START WRITING AN ENTIRELY NEW CHAPTER IN THIS NATION’S HISTORY.

      The choice is ours.

       
  60. Elly kiptum

    November 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you Chrenyan for the good post,Honestly kenyan’s should open their eyes peter kenneth is the best presidential candidate.we are tired of tribalism and hate speech by leaders who never bring any change to the entire country this is the right for kenya to have a change.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Hello Elly,

      You are more than welcome for the post, and thank you for commenting.

      Yes, the eyes of millions of Kenyans need to be opened as to the strong points of Peter Kenneth’s candidacy. I am also tired of these tribal games of musical chairs, my friend. But we must be tired enough to do something about it. As a matter of fact we must be tired enough to do everything we can to make sure he becomes President. Let’s spread the word.

      Thanks again for your comment.

       
  61. Maish

    November 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Pastor Maish's Script and commented:
    This is Chrenyan’s Opinion. What do you think?

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Hey Maish,

      Thank you for reblogging! I appreciate it.

       
  62. Kip

    November 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I do believe in pk, what people are worried and need to told is confirm this by statistics:

    (4) A candidate shall be declared elected as President if the
    candidate receives—
    (a) more than half of all the votes cast in the election; and
    (b) ** at least twenty-five per cent of the votes cast in each of more
    than half of the counties.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Kip,

      Asante sana for your comment. I have come to realize that when people stop discussing the “What” or “Whether” and start discussing the “How” of Peter Kenneth becoming President, it is a good thing.

      It is likely that because of the requirements you outline above, the election will go into a run-off. If that is so, any candidate would be looking to get into the top-two at the end of the first round. In the second round it is pretty much a given that the requirement above would be met.

      We can do it. And we must do it. And we will do it by spreading the message about Peter Kenneth to everyone we know, particularly mashinani.

      Na tuanze!

       
  63. Joseph

    November 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    May God bless you, pray that our bid go through for the benefit of our country Kenya

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Joseph, my brother:

      God bless you too. Yes, may this go through for Kenya’s sake, and for the sake of millions of her sons and daughters. Amen.

       
  64. timworia

    November 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Reblogged this on All Out… and commented:
    Let’s give change a chance!

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Timworia,

      I want to thank you for commenting, and for re-blogging. I really appreciate that. And I agree: let us give change a chance!

       
      • timworia

        November 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        Hi,

        I should be the one thanking you for such a wonderfully written article. They say God throws us opportunities that we overlook only to ask him “why?” when it all goes wrong.

        Keep spreading the voice of reason and change.

         
        • Chrenyan

          November 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm

          Hey Timworia,

          Yes, at times we often “give God a lot of work!”

          I will keep doing my bit as far as I can, Sir. Thank you for your encouragement.

           
  65. mmhzoe

    November 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    For i know the plans Peter Kenneth has for this country not plans to destroy it but to make it a better Nation and a force to reckon with then i will definitely vote him in.For those who care to listen to the voice of reason and believe in real change the PK is the guy to offer that.His performance in his Gatanga constituency makes me beleive he is the change that we deserve and desire.You cant compare this guy with his competitors,what has Raila done to his constituents with his nusu mkeka?what has Raila’s Vitendawili yielded for his constituents?what has Uhuru done in his constituency and Oh he has the ICC issue to sort out plus his ”brother” Ruto (lets not forget Ruto’s comments when post election violence rocked this country-He was so adamant and his comments would make even a toothless dog to bite-so provocative and insightful they were)

    I dont know what Raila,Uhuru and Ruto have for this country.Raila coming to meru and giving himself the name ”Thuranira” does not represent any national agenda.Ruto and Uhuru political marriage is to only sail them through the elections and hoping if they win they toy around the ICC Issue,Impossible plus we don’t want leaders with charges hanged on their necks.

    Peter is untainted politically,economically and socially.He has a real agenda for this great Nation Kenya.He has proved through his Gatanga constituency.He has the image of a nationalist with a progressive agenda for our Mother country.

    My advice to PK’s campaign team is having offices in every county is not enough,lets have offices in every constituency,let every child,man,woman,young and old know that PK is the change we need.We simply want to see more of him on TV and to hear him on Radio.He is brand worth marketing with all the resources available(Consult Safaricom on advertising and Marketing)

    I want to go into record that if PK asks for a contribution to finance his campaigns then i will be the first kenyan to give my hard earned coin to him.I am not Rich,i haven’t even build a house on my roof,i live in a bed-sitter but i would anything to see a better Kenya through PK.For this great nation that our forefathers died the i can SHED MY BLOOD AND LOSS MY LIFE FOR IT.MY COUNTRY KENYA.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Hi mmhzoe,

      Thank you for your comment. Thank you for your zeal!

      The way in which you have compared him with the other candidates is accurate. As someone put it on Peter Kenneth’s wall the other day:

      “Ni aje buda, politics zako zinanibamba vile ni za issues, story ya vitendawili na ICC zitatupeleka Vision 20neva!!”

      The fact of the matter is that talk is cheap. I don’t know how these leaders have managed to make Kenyans love them and yet they do very little for them. It is to me a form of bondage, at one time I said tumerogwa. I just cannot understand it. Anyway, I have dealt with this issue at length in an article entitled We Are All Kenyans.

      It is common knowledge that the main aims of Uhuru and Ruto as far as the Presidency are concerned are (1) Dodging the Hague and (2) Protecting their ill-gotten wealth. Kenyans themselves do not appear anywhere on that list. I personally voted for Raila in 2007 after reading the Githongo Dossier. Unfortunately I have seen little in his tenure as Prime Minister to make me want to vote for him again, though I feel he would be a better choice than Uhuru and/or Ruto. But the fact of the matter is Peter Kenneth is head and shoulders above any of the top 5. Head and shoulders above all the candidates, in fact.

      There won’t be any need to shed your blood or lose your life, Sir. But if you haven’t already done so, please visit http://www.peterkenneth.com and sign on as a volunteer. Further, any suggestions you have for the team can be directed to me@peterkenneth.com (that is his personal address, which he himself was answering – at least before the launch). In the meantime, spread the word! Let everyone know that our best chance as a nation lies in having Peter Kenneth as President.

      Thank you, once again.

       
  66. Joel Mureithi

    November 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I blog! And I like!

     
  67. mmhzoe

    November 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Looking at today’s opinion polls i now get a clear picture of the fallacy that is being spread by the pollsters,anyway we know who the major financiers are.So my simple message to them is,since Kenyans population in the internet world has grown,why don’t they give us an online poll where people can even use mobile phones and that would help in showing us the real picture.

     
  68. Chrenyan

    November 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Hey mmhzoe,

    Thanks again for your comment. Peter Kenneth has this to say about today’s polls:

    “We’ve received many questions about the latest opinion poll from Infotrak. This is the message we have received from the MD of Infotrak: ‘The latest Infotrak poll on presidential aspirant popularity was conducted between 29th October and 1st November. It was aimed at capturing the mood of the electorate as at end of October 2012 and could as such not have captured any spikes in Hon Peter Kenneth’s popularity ratings as may have been occasioned by his official presidential bid launch on 5th November. The Infotrak poll will only be able to ascertain the impact of PK’s launch during next survey which shall be conducted sometime in November 2012.’ Angela Ambitho, Infotrak Research CEO.”

    I was about to say that that is a great idea, about using an online poll where people can even use mobile phones, but the sample of people using the poll may not necessarily be the same as a good sample of Kenyans.

    Polls or no polls, we must move on. And we must cross the finish line in first position.

     
  69. Chrenyan

    November 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Folks,

    A new website called “MaVulture” was launched on 13th November 2012. I have personally corresponded with MaVulture; they reached out to me for some content (very little) on September 11 2012. I responded with the content on September 14th 2012, and they said they would “factor my input in”. Whether they did or not, I do not know. (The content did not have anything to do with any candidate, Presidential or otherwise.) But let me thank MaVulture for what they’re trying to do and state that I believe they are acting with the best interests of this nation at heart. If they asked for my help I would give it again. However, as regards their characterization of Peter Kenneth (who for the avoidance of doubt is my preferred Presidential candidate), we certainly differ. The allegations can be found here and here. Below is my point by point examination of each allegation.

    The helicopter (note the singular)

    Peter Kenneth has not bought any helicopter (in fact he says he hardly knows anyone who has). He has leased a helicopter, and he has leased one, not two of them (or five!). He has in fact had to confront the mainstream press for publishing falsehoods concerning his helicopter. That he owns two helicopters is a common misconception, and it is not true.

    “Rumoured to be” a billionaire

    Even MaVulture have had to admit that this is a rumour; they themselves are not sure that it is true. However, it is an important point. I have personally raised this with Peter Kenneth on a one-on-one basis, and I do not know for sure (yet) whether he is a billionaire or not. However, he recently said that he is not as rich as he is reported to be. He has also promised (repeatedly) to ask the Speaker to release the wealth declarations that he has made over the years and make them open to public scrutiny. I await this eagerly myself.

    Sally Kosgei

    This is a matter that I myself brought up with Peter Kenneth. Apart from the response he gave me on 19th June 2011 (see within the article), I have since discovered that he and Sally Kosgei bought a farm in Thika together 18 years ago. This is where the rumours of a dalliance come from. Mr Kenneth has repeatedly denied these rumours and again said on 6th November 2012 that he is happily married. His family was certainly out in full force to support him during the launch of his Presidential bid.

    Bought cheap Railways property

    This is a straight falsehood as Peter Kenneth has never owned Railways land.

    Youth for KANU 92

    This lie, which I first saw on Mashada, also requires firm rebuttal. Peter Kenneth was never a part of this shady movement. At the time he was in Ford Asili and was Kenneth Matiba’s agent in Gatanga.

    Central Province Development Group

    Again, Peter Kenneth was never a member of this group.

    Plot on Kiambu Road bought by Kenya Re from Sceneries Ltd at KES 600M

    This property was bought before, not during Peter Kenneth’s tenure at Kenya Re.

    The Kenya National Assurance property

    Peter Kenneth has never worked at the Kenya National Assurance Company. He also proved that he was actually fourth owner of this house (KNAC itself, Endo, and Marenyo were the previous owners). He also proved that he paid Marenyo in full for the house. What seems to have been a problem is where the money from the payment went (which a Mr Mbago should help to explain). Mr Kenneth himself was willing to help the Parliamentary Investment Committee find this out. All this can be found in this Business Daily article.

    Having sifted through the allegations and found a number to be erroneous, if not downright false, I would say: let us not be shaken by such things. Some of what MaVultures is saying is pure falsehood, like the Railways property issue, and the YK92 issue. Some of it is rumour, like the billionaire issue. In each case, SUBSTANTIATION is needed. My own verdict is that Peter Kenneth is streets ahead of any other Presidential candidate – even as we wait for him to verify the source of this wealth.

    Once again, I thank MaVulture for what they are trying to do; I believe there is more good in it than bad.

     
  70. Amos

    November 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Wow!! This is one of the best articles I’ve read!! My vote goes to PK and I’ii make sure 90% of my friends vote for him cuz i know i have away of influencing them. I’ve been to Gatanga and what i saw amazed me. One of my lecturers at UoN once told me that she has never interacted with such a humble MP (that was in 2009), She was given PKs number and told to call him and to her suprise PK picked the call and introduced herself and the matter she wanted sorted(something to do with education/scholarships). PK gave her an appontment and he actually called one day before to remind her of the apointment. Can our proud tribal ‘leaders’ have such time for a stranger? No, They cannot! Plus that his CDF kitty is the best managed and best accounted for speaks volume of what he can do for the whole country
    But PKs campaign needs to come out loud and have their presence felt. The nature of my work has taken me to almost every corner of this country and the few people i mention PK to reckon he is the right candidate for the job but there is always a “BUT” and thats what they need to address and remove all doubt
    TUnawesmake n Thanx for this insightful article

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Amos,

      I appreciate your taking the time to write in and give feed back. Thanks a lot for your compliment as well! I appreciate it.

      This is the thing – we must now take action. We must do our bit to put Peter Kenneth in power against all odd. I have never been to Gatanga, but the stories about it (as I explained in the article) have reached my ears from the common mwananchi.

      That is a great little anecdote about Peter Kenneth! You know there are very many such stories, it’s just that the man is self-effacing and RARELY (if ever) tells what he’s done for people. For him it is about helping the people, and we must have this kind of people-centred leadership in power as soon as possible.

      You know, I am glad that at least now we are hearing that people all over the country know about Peter Kenneth – that wasn’t always true! So even that is a step forward. But now, we must move ahead together and put the man in the kind of position where he can help all Kenyans everywhere. How? By having a valid answer for those “buts”. The main one is that he can’t win. And I always ask: what is the point of my saying “kura yangu ilishinda” only for me to suffer under inept leadership for the next 5 years…? Did I really win? Haven’t I in fact LOST? I don’t usually point readers to other articles I have written, but these thoughts make me recall another article I wrote called We Are All Kenyans. You’re welcome to have a look, if you’d like.

      Thanks again for writing, I appreciate it.

       
  71. Tonez Mwai

    November 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Dude. This has been a most informative piece to the Kenyans. No one cold have said it better. Keep up the good work and the campaign for PK. I’m in full support.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Tonez!

      It has been a long, long time since high school, but I am glad to make your acquaintance on these pages. Thanks for commenting!

      I am glad we agree about Peter Kenneth. Please do what you can to spread the word about him. We must network this man into State House, and there are less than 100 days left.

      Asante sana ndugu.

       
  72. mmhzoe

    November 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

    One thing that amazes me is how some of the so called two horses in the race rate so poor in performance,even in their own constituencies.Their C.D.F Kitties are known to have not done anything beneficial to their constituents and if it has the results are not pleasing at all.Such leaders have been in power from time immemorial and they have never done anything to their own constituents.For Example Vise President Kalonzo Musyoka has been the V.P and the MP for Mwingi North but the Constituency has nothing to smile about,the same applies to like of Uhuru and Raila.
    The million dollar question is,Can we trust this people who have not effectively managed their CDF Kitty to Manage the economy of this country?The obvious answer tha even a class one baby will give is a very loud NO.
    So what makes a very sane Kenyan think of voting them in?Pure ignorance is to blame.For us to ensure that we get a president who can deliver and who has delivered as a leader before( in this case refer to Peter Kenneth as the S.I Unit)then we need to carry a massive civic education on what kind of a leader Kenya needs at this turbulent times.We need no tribal Kings,Horse riders,Football commentators or such characters as Kenyan Presidents,we need a real president with a vision and mission for this country.
    The following information is for public consumption,it will guide even a baby to the person who fits to be the president in 2013.The performance of this individuals Will surely shock most us and make us think twice of political stands.
    Percentage in performance
    Peter Kenneth
    Gatanga
    91 %
    William Samoei Ruto
    Eldoret North
    65%
    Wycliff Musalia Mudavadi
    Sabatia
    62%
    Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
    Gatundu South
    60 %
    Martha Wangari Karua
    Gichugu
    59%
    Eugene Wamalwa
    Saboti
    56%
    Kalonzo Musyoka
    Mwingi North
    51%
    Raila Amolo Odinga
    Langata
    39%

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Hi mmzhoe,

      Thanks for writing again! I appreciate it.

      It is amazing indeed. It has baffled many. I wish not to name names, but I have done so in other articles and comments. The long and short of it is that these fellows are in it PURELY for themselves. When I watched this video on NTV’s Youtube channel that explains what Kalonzo Musyoka’s constituency is like after over 25 years of his leadership, I was inspired to find out what the CDF records for Mwingi North are. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that between 2003 and 2010 the constituency was allocated KES 298,816,977 in CDF. And Mr Kalonzo is just one example, as the list you have tabled shows.

      These fellows should not be anywhere near national leadership. It would be unfair to Kenyans. These tribal borns and political scions will do nothing to help. They will only dig us deeper into the pit.

      Please share the link to that information if you have it; I have looked for a public link for some time and haven’t been able to find one. There are many who have quoted it, but I have always longed to see the National Taxpayers Association original data.

      Thanks again for writing. Keep spreading the word. We must make this happen.

       
  73. Chrenyan

    November 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Lots of folks have asked about what Peter Kenneth did/achieved at Kenya Football Federation (KFF) during his tenure there from 1996-2000. I’d just like to list it down here for future reference:

    1) Brought back youth training (the German coach Manfred Steves)
    2) Instituted live football on TV through sponsors including BAT, KBL, & Smithkline Beecham (as these companies were then known)
    3) Set up cash incentives for the national team
    4) Set up national team sponsorship
    5) Handed over audited accounts after his tenure for perhaps the first time ever
    6) Left cash in KFF’s bank accounts – again this might have been for the first time ever
    7) Let’s not forget that his tenure at KFF coincided with our most successful tilt at World Cup qualification ever (Kenya 1-1 Nigeria at Kasarani)

     
  74. Erick

    November 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’m yet to see a leader with a clean record as Peter Kenneth, he deserves a chance to lead the nation and together we can embrace the change and vote for peter Kenneth in unity

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Erick,

      Thanks a lot for writing. As I have said elsewhere on this page, I am waiting for Peter Kenneth to release his wealth declaration records before I can declare that he is clean. However when I compare him with the rest of the people on offer, no one else even comes close to the kind of leadership Peter Kenneth is offering this nation. And even on being clean, we certainly know enough to be able to make an informed decision about who should lead us.

      So I agree with you. Let us embrace change, starting with ourselves, and put this man in power for the benefit of all of us.

       
  75. Dan Nguyo

    November 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Good job for articulating your views on this post. I too agree charity begins at home like @mmhzoe has pointed out. Most of the said ‘main candidates’ have not achieved much to warrant them the top job. And in my humble opinion they do represent the old order (read KANU) that ruined this country in the first place. Raila, Uhuru, Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Ruto have all served in the KANU government hence they all subscribe to the looting protocol. As far as P.K’s bid goes, I believe if all of us who are here can do their part i.e. 1. Register as a voter and actually vote for him come 2013 and 2. Spread the word we’d have done our bit and leave the rest to God.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Dan,

      First, thanks for writing in. I appreciate your compliment as well.

      As you point out, none of the so-called Top-5 have the kind of credentials that prove they have what it takes to govern Kenya. None of them. And all of them have been in KANU at one point or the other; many began their political careers there. They will offer little or no change at all.

      Your two-step solution is also very accurate. We must be a part of the change that we so wish to see. We must be very active in spreading the word. I believe we can do it, and I believe Peter Kenneth will be President in 2013.

       
  76. Mulan

    November 25, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I am firmly in Raila’s camp – warts and all, however, the PK team can try to convert me. To do so, I will like a few issues clarified. Raila may not be the best leader, but he is a man who has put his life on the line for Kenya and Kenyans. He has been detained, hounded like a common thief, and suffered to Liberate Kenya. The struggle is still on. His persistent fight for reforms is my selling point. Uhuru and Ruto are NOT in his league. The rest are jesters.

    Karua was fine until 2007 when she clearly showed how unfit she was.

    Now to Peter Kenneth: I don’t know Gatanga, will not be going there any time soon. The reasons I refuse to vote for him upto now are:

    1. Running Gatanga is not equivalent to running Kenya. Is he cognizant of that fact?

    2. His stand on issues is not known. The mau forest, what is his take? Kenya has been run down by former regimes. Laws were violated, looting happened, corruption et cetera. A case like mau- in as much as it was the right thing environmentally, it still looked inhuman to those living in the forest. I never heard a quip from him. All I hear is Gatanga CDF usage, but Kenya faces such double aged problems like Mau…does he have the spine to do the right thing and risk political death?

    3. Migingo….yes, it is a Kenyan issue outside Gatanga. Never heard PKs views. We had Kibaki, an economist for president. Numbers look good on the balance sheet, but he goes down as leading the country to a tribalistic abyss. Kenyans hate each other more now than any other time. Numbers may look good, but how relevant are they when there is no peace? See what the election fiasco did to the numbers? How can Peter convince us he is not equally inexperienced?

    I am convinced that PK would make a great president in a country that is already organized like the US. But a teething one like Kenya, where the wealth is owned by crooks, hardened people are needed to preside. True grit.

    But please, feel free to show me the other side of the coin. Am open to new ideas and thoughts.

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Mulan,

      Thanks a lot for writing in! I’m very grateful for your comment.

      To begin with I think it says a lot about you as an individual that you are willing to have a reasoned discussion on this matter. I also think it says a lot about you that you are willing to say “warts and all” about Raila’s camp. Every camp has warts, simply because leaders are mortals like you and I, and all human beings have faults. These people are not gods, and we need to understand that as a nation. And we must begin to interrogate leadership and decide which warts are acceptable and which ones are not.

      (For the record I agree with you on Martha Karua. We need nationwide unity, not GEMA-superiority. We are sick and tired of that, and tribalism cannot be ended by such.)

      Raila’s strong points are very clearly pointed out. He has been at the forefront of fighting for freedoms in Kenya. As I have said elsewhere on this page I voted for him in 2007 (after reading The Githongo Dossier, which in my view every voter should read). However, I have not seen anything during Raila’s tenure as Prime Minister that makes me feel confident enough to make him my President.

      1. It is true that running a constituency is not equivalent to running a country. However, if one cannot run even a constituency, why should one be given the opportunity to run a country? You and I went to Form 1 after passing our Standard Eight exams. Why should we allow people who have failed Standard Eight to proceed to Form 1? Won’t they just bring down the performance of the school, to extend the metaphor? Let’s also note that none of the current candidates has previous experience at being President. We must thus judge them on the strength of what they have delivered in the posts they have had up to this time. Since all of them have been MPs, their record as MPs is a decent benchmark on which to base our conclusions about their ability to lead. And what comes out is that the amount of financial mis-management in the constituencies of most of the top 5 is staggering, and we dare not put this nation in their hands.
      2. Peter Kenneth, speaking yesterday at the KICC, said along the lines of “what is right for the people is not always what people want.” And that is true. For any man to reduce corruption in his CDF committee to zero, AND STILL DELIVER RESULTS, says a lot about him. Even if you appoint the right people to your CDF committee, you will still have to battle unscrupulous contractors trying to cut corners and make a quick buck from that police station headquarters, that school, or from that road you are trying to build. You cannot be Number 1 in CDF usage in this corrupt country called Kenya for 10 straight years just by accident. It takes determination; focus; sweat; and plain hard work. It is not accidental or circumstantial.
      3. By the way as far as Kibaki is concerned, even the balance sheet numbers are pathetic. We are now KES 1.5 Trillion in debt as a nation, and when we start paying tolls on Thika Road people will start viewing this portion of Kibaki’s legacy differently. Even the new constitution was forced upon him by the provisions of Agenda IV. I see very little to admire in Kibaki’s leadership, to be frank, and this is why I was willing to consider options in 2007. Unfortunately since then Raila has not inspired confidence. Speaking on Migingo, this is a security/sovereignty issue. Peter Kenneth has repeatedly said the rule of law is what must reign (and he has in fact stated that the first 100 days of his Presidency will be devoted to ensuring that justice is swift so that corruption does not pay in Kenya). If Migingo is ours by law, then rest assured that enforcing that will not be a problem to Peter Kenneth.

      Moving on to tribalism, I agree that Kibaki has polarized this nation by his actions. He has been an absolute failure in this regard. I have said before that we will never eradicate tribalism by passing a corrupt Presidency around and around to each tribe in turn. This “It’s Our Turn To Eat” mentality has failed the people of Kenya and will continue to fail them. It is in fact a mentality that has been given to us by poor leadership whose only claim to leadership is tribe. That in itself is staggering – the credentials of the Top 5 are rooted in tribe and little else. It is Kikuyus who say that “Uhuru helped us when we were being finished” and Kalenjins who say that “Ruto atatutetea.” The Luo feel that if Raila wins, then maybe an uncle of mine somewhere might be appointed boss of KNH, and then I can get a job… But where are Kikuyus/Kalenjins when these people are carving up vast tracts of land for themselves? Suffering with the Luos! Where are the people of Siaya/Kibera when the NHIF is being looted? Suffering with the Kikuyus! Jobs will come through right leadership, not through corrupt leadership. I have written an entire article on this Mtu Wetu Politics so I shall not go into that here. What I will say is that when Kenyans realize that a good leader who gives everyone a fair chance at success REGARDLESS of where they come from is what can help them as individuals, tribalism will start to die.

      And as for teething, Peter Kenneth is the only one who has shown me that he really understands how devolution is meant to work. This is the first time we will be having a devolved Government, and we need to have someone at the helm who has a vision regarding how Counties etc are meant to work. Peter Kenneth has spoken of having a referral hospital in every county, and he has spoken of allocating KES 1B to each county for roads every year, so that different areas develop at par, instead of development being skewed to certain favoured areas. He even spoke of opening Lake Turkana up to tourism! Peter Kenneth had never been an MP (and could have been said to have had no experience for that job) but he delivered for Gatangans at the first time of asking.

      It is my firm belief that he can deliver for Kenya as well.

       
  77. mmhzoe

    November 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

    IF WE MAKE KENYANS MAKE A MISTAKE IN 2013 ELECTIONS THEN THIS WILL COME TO PASS
    The 4th Kenyan President is sworn in. The sky is filled with fireworks.

    One month later, Kenya is no longer a member of the ICC. … The president says that Kenya is a sovereign state and will not be cowed.

    5 months later, tea prices plummet, tourism is non-existent, KQ lays off more staff due its shrinking customer
    base. Horticulture sells come to a stand still. Fuel is at an all time high.

    The president makes high voltage trips to Sudan and Iran to try and foster stronger partnerships. The future of the Lamu project is unknown. Partners are looking for alternatives.

    Western countries withdraw all aid. The president says that Kenyans are resilient.

    Unemployment hits 80% and crime soars.

    We sit and wonder, did we need this man in state house so much that we were were willing to give up our livelihoods, the future of our children and the dignity of our country!

    Suddenly I wake up, and realize it was just a nightmare. We are still in 2012 and there is still hope…….copy paste#stolen
    ——Let us vote wisely people and Vote the right man. P.K——
    Share

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Hi mmzhoe,

      Thanks for writing once again.

      I have read this scenario before, I believe it has been shared quite widely. I am very glad that Kenyans are waking up to the realities of what a TNA/URP coalition would mean. It is a marriage of convenience from the suspects’ point of view, but from the standpoint of the nation as a whole it is a catastrophic alliance. I think the scenario sketched out is broadly accurate. The murky waters of international pariah-hood are waters we would not want to dip so much as a toe into. Too many lives, livelihoods and welfares are at stake, and we must avoid this at all costs.

      Let’s keep spreading the word.

      Asante once again.

       
  78. Gabe

    November 27, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Your courage, intelligence and grace in writing this article and the comments have inspired me to shed off my reticence on matters political. Thank you sir! #ProudlyTeamPK

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Gabe,

      I am touched that an article of mine has had that kind of effect. I really mean that. Thanks for letting me know! And in such a nice way, too… I’m very encouraged.

      Elsewhere on this post, Edmund Burke has been quoted as saying “All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” And it is true. If we do nothing, evil has already won. But the good news is: we can do something about it. I am happy to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you as we together speak for truth, and righteousness, and justice.

      Asante once again.

       
  79. Martin

    November 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

    It will all be for naught if we have such discussions and come Mar13 we retreat into our tribal cocoons and queue another 5years of the same and possibly even worse…..Kenyans Stand Up for Something!

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Hi Martin,

      Thanks for writing. Indeed we must move beyond discussing and mobilize everybody we know to vote for Peter Kenneth. I have learnt that it has a snowball effect when you start getting success stories. As a fellow-Kenyan, I stand with you. We will do it together.

      Best regards!

       
      • Wero-Kawaw

        November 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        If we are open-minded kenyans who look beyond our tribes in deriving political decisions,then chances are 100% that we will stick to our virtues to keep ‘quality’ leadership in check.For a long time,we have seen political mergers projecting MOU’s based on the majority ‘voter’ bringer–forgive my language!We need to check the political destiny of kenya based on these Kingpin theories and leaders,such that we can never fall into the hands of people who will land us in such situations as sanctions.Kenya is too far ahead to start getting into civil strife…we need to make wise leadership choices to remain at peace and within kenya.Have u ever imagined yourself positioned as a refugee coz of questionable leaders we chose and they bring civil strife to our nation or cause it to happen…am scared!Tunawesmake…My tribe is not my priority,Kenya is!

         
        • Chrenyan

          December 3, 2012 at 2:19 am

          Hi Wero-Kawaw,

          Thanks for writing in again. I believe that many more would be open-minded if we were out there spreading the message. The crowds at TNA-URP rally and at the ODM rally in Mombasa are an indicator of how much further we have to go. The top 5 candidates have all at one time or another been in KANU, and will not deliver change at all. Yet Kenyans are flocking to their rallies en masse. You and I may see things correctly, but the work now lies in convincing the rest of Kenya.

          I like your last statement. It is a good way to close:

          “My tribe is not my priority, Kenya is!”

           
  80. Cassandra (@Cassi_3)

    November 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is the most interesting discussion I have read in a long time. I especially like how you (Chrenyan) are maintaining objectivity. I’ve been following you on twitter for some time, it would be great if you could follow back? Would like to discuss with you further…

     
    • Chrenyan

      November 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Cassandra,

      Thanks a lot for following me on Twitter, and for taking the time to write a comment on the blog. Thanks for the compliment too! I have followed you back, and I am more than willing to keep discussing this matter.

       
  81. Ronoh

    November 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I will register and vote because of Peter Kenneth because deep down i know he our only hope.

     
    • Jacinta Namu

      November 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I wish i would share this……My vote is for peter Keneth….I believe that Peter has got the best dream for Kenya and Kenyans. If kenyans would separate records of good work and immaturity of tribalism this is the guy for Kenya…..Peter…..yeye ndiye ule msee…..:D

       
      • Chrenyan

        December 3, 2012 at 2:25 am

        Hi Jacinta,

        Thanks for writing in. Glad to hear you are also voting for Peter Kenneth!

        It is our job to make sure Kenyans see the difference between good work and the immaturity of tribalism. We must spread the word about him far and wide. And on that note, feel perfectly free to share this as much as you would like to.

        We can do it!

         
    • Chrenyan

      December 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

      Hi Ronoh,

      Thanks for writing in – and thanks for your objectivity! If only more Kenyans were like yourself. Let’s actively spread the word about Peter Kenneth so that we see him become our President.

       
  82. Chrenyan

    December 3, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Several people have asked about Peter Kenneth’s record at Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re). I am fortunate to be able to call two stellar witnesses to the stand. Stellar, I say, because both of them are or have been employees of the Corporation and are thus better-placed than most to comment on Mr Kenneth’s record there:

    AW (former employee):

    “I would like to answer you on Kenya Re because I was an employee there. Here are the facts: When PK took the helm of Kenya Re, he reviewed salaries of all the employees including the sweepers. The net worth of the Company increased and it opened branches in West African countries creating employment opportunities for more Kenyans. During his helm at Kenya Re, PK fought for each and every worker there, be it a manager or archivist. While there, he also fought for a Company policy all employees irrespective of their positions be given opportunity to buy houses which Kenya Re was selling (to ensure that this was achieved, he reviewed their salaries upwards and lowered interest rate to 5%). PK brought Kenya Re to profitability, by ensuring that any unnecessary activity that the Company was involved in was stopped. There is more than that and if you want to know, during your spare time visit there and talk to any employee, you know what PK did! Would [you] also if you don’t mind explain to us what your preferred candidate achieved in their past positions?”

    HW (current and fairly new employee, now former TNA supporter as a result of hearing people talk about PK at Kenya Re):

    “He’s a saint over here. The best of the best. A humble man who did turn around the corporation, obtain payrises for the staff and indirectly helped lots of them in achieving financial stability. Imagine even drivers during his time here bought houses? Countless fairy tales on how he could chauffeur his own driver home. How he could give his lowly office staff (secretary, driver, tea-girl, et al) 10k each weekly [by foregoing his own per diem on foreign trips], and on and on…”

     
  83. Chrenyan

    December 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

    There have been some queries about Peter Kenneth’s decision to enter into a coalition with Raphael Tuju. Remember, Mr Kenneth repeatedly said he would work with “like-minded leaders”. I made some enquiries about how Mr Tuju had helped the people of Rarieda, and here is what I was informed he achieved while he was the Rarieda MP:

    1. Repaired roads in the rural parts of the constituency
    2. Provided funding for women’s chamas, youth groups and church groups
    3. Provided piped water to homes
    4. Put in a ferry at Luanda Kotieno
    5. Instituted mobile clinics
    6. Provided support for promising University students from the constituency

    That to me is a like-minded leader, and I am fully in support.

     
  84. Isaac

    December 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I have no doubt that PK is the best president that Kenyans deserve.
    Any kenyan who knows the truth on leadership of all presdential aspirants will willingly vote for PK.
    Team PK should put efforts in popularising Mr. Kenneth especialy in rural areas where most voters are not informed.
    Tunawesmek

     
    • Chrenyan

      January 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Happy New Year Isaac,

      Thanks a lot for writing. Indeed Peter Kenneth is our best chance as a country at making a complete turnaround and setting this nation firmly upon the path to progress. There is now progress in the direction of popularizing him in the rural areas. This weekend he will be in (Maua) Meru, and in Kapsabet (Nandi County). Knowing him, he will give it the best shot he can.

      Feel free to do your part in letting people know about him both in cities and in the rural areas.

      Once again, thanks for writing! Have a great new year.

       
    • Wero-Kawaw

      January 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Thumbs up to your comment.Whether PK loses or not,atleast we would have voted based on the reality of the things we trully need to look at in our leadership(non-tribal or regional reasons).Atleat this holiday i was able to get 8 of my cousin brother to reason with me and they now are ambassadors of PK in the West of Pokot County.All the best team PK.

       
      • Chrenyan

        January 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

        Wero-Kawaw

        What you have done is very, very inspiring! It’s great to know that Peter Kenneth has supporters all the way in West Pokot. Keep spreading the word, and indeed all the best to TeamPK.

         
    • Chrenyan

      January 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Hi Isaac,

      Asante sana for taking the time to write in. I believe that many Kenyans know the truth, but their minds are imprisoned by the tribal factor. People are often found to be voting “against” the opponent, rather than voting “for” somebody (because in reality whoever they’re voting for has little to offer).

      Now that party-hopping is over, I personally expect to see a major campaign by Peter Kenneth dwelling on the issues he raised at the time of his launch. If you can, feel free to spread the word wherever you are.

       
  85. caleb wambua

    January 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

    kenneth ndiye anaweza leta change kenya cz he is focussed and very fresh to be a kenyan president. woh woyee! kura ni kwakooooooooo! I believe unaweza, more so kubring revolution kwa security yetu manze nakuombea kila laheri mzehiah.

     
    • Chrenyan

      January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Hi Caleb,

      Thanks for your comment. I fully agree that Peter Kenneth is the one who can bring a change to this country, especially in security which if one watches this video one will see he elevated Gatanga’s security to very high levels indeed.

      Kila la heri to him indeed!

       
  86. caleb wambua

    January 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

    God chooses a leader for us and God knows our next president b4 we vote but we only line up to confirm God’s appointement, so kura yangu naielekeza kwa kenneth na hata kama kenneth hatamake he is the only leader I believe can bring change without fear or favour all the best peter kenneth and if you win tuangalie sana kama moyouth and also improve water and infrastructure systems all daaaaa best!!!!!

     
    • Chrenyan

      January 23, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Hi Caleb,

      Once again, thanks for commenting.

      At times I think we tire God. We pray for our nation, we pray for right leadership, credible options are availed, and then we makee a mockery of our prayers by voting along tribal lines. Unless we wake up we will be praying in April 2013, and the intensity of our prayers will have to rise as things get worse and worse.

      Not sure if you’ve seen Peter Kenneth’s manifesto. You will see that infrastructure and water are key elements in his plan.

       
  87. caleb wambua

    January 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

    May God guide your steps, and control your whole being Peter Kenneth through the holy spirit, I wish you could be the David of today.

     
    • Chrenyan

      January 23, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Hi Caleb,

      Indeed may God guide the man!

       
  88. Angela

    February 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    A friend shared this blog post with me today, so glad I read it. I’m so tired of the rumour mill concerning PK. It’s his conviction on issues with which he speaks and the way he articulates himself that endears him to me. I’m proud to say he was my MP (Gatanga), better still i’d be most proud to say he’s my president.

    I believe the Lord has blessed us (Kenya & Kenyan) with so much! I wish all Kenyans would have the opportunity to travel beyond our boundaries & perhaps they would realize how much home is best then be convicted to jealously guard our motherland. I’m tired of politicians who’ll gladly sell our birthright for a quick deal to enrich themselves!!!! I’m tired of politicians who keep emphasizing ethnicity!!! and I’m tired of politicians who misuse public funds!!! I dont believe we’re that poor a state.

    We just need to to make a conscious and deliberate decision as a nation to get our act together. And as PK said, “to choose what is right and not what is convenient” !

    Tunawesmake!!!

     
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  91. Joseph

    April 28, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Hello there Chrenyan,

    I’m writing this some 5 years later, so I’m not sure whether this thread is still active or not. I’ll go on anyway.

    The sheer magnitude of incompetence, corruption, negligence and inefficiency that has been paraded by the ones who’ve been in power for the past half decade is incredible…. of course our primitive, tribal-centric and cheap politics gave us the poor executive.

    But this post is also about what just happened earlier on today, 27/April/2017. The people of Nairobi just decided in the primaries to have Bw Mike Sonko Mbuvi run on the Jubilee Party ticket as their potential governor. Not an MP, but Governor-need I say that’s the equivalent of the president of a county?

    I never thought we could stoop lower, but here we are.

    Waiguru the figurehead of the Ksh 900 million NYS looting and misappropriation scandal is likely the next Governor of Kirinyaga County. Ferdinand Waititu, the hooligan we all know is likely to run Kiambu County from the helm. And now Sonko????

    It’s entirely obvious that most people did not choose their potential governor based on rationalizing, but purely on euphoria.

    I mean we all clearly know who the best man for the job is and still went ahead and chose Sonko to run for the gubernatorial post.

    What Sonko is, is an entertainer, a raw politicians who I doubt can interpret economic programs, long-term development agenda and what not, but still the masses have gone ahead and ignored facts and absolutely pushed him in.

    So we have ourselves someone who thinks providing security to the city residents means to parade men in black and imposing, heavily armed figures in city streets, which I think he must’ve borrowed directly from a DJ Afro action movie, instead of laying definite grounds for a long-term solution and actually implementing one. Someone who the MASSES are naively made to believe cares for them and can handle the job while we clearly know he doesn’t.

    Also, while I’m not one to demand that a candidate have attained a Bachelor’s degree to run, I strongly believe there is no way an illiterate person will be able to ink mega deals meant to improve the average Nairobian’s life without screwing us over. Some might say Kidero is an educated fellow yet has nothing to show for it. But truth be told, Peter Kenneth is a very viable option to anyone who can rationally weigh the candidates. And based on the fact that I can vouch for the development track record he established in Gatanga Constituency, PK could have been the best of both.

    PK said something very practical in an NTV interview two days ago, that Nairobians would be smart if they chose who to elect in to manage their welfare and development agenda by evaluating and comparing what Sonko vs Himself accomplished in their roles as MPs before. Very reasonable and true.

    Unfortunately, it’s done and in about two years time we’ll have all manner of complaints about “waheshimiwa”, “serikali ya kaunti” and all that “they are selfish and don’t care about us” rhetorics yet the only real culprit to blame will be the voter.

    I think it is things and decisions like this that have us as a struggling Third World Country, deeply entrenched in ignorance, arrogance and impoverished facilities.

    Sonko is the kind of political head who’ll doll out a Ksh 4 million school bus to a high school that doesn’t even have enough classroom and lab equipment just to make them happy instead of addressing the most biting and basic issue of classrooms. This is just an analogy, but you know it’s true. It also compares what Sonko really accomplishes by trying to appear philanthropic while in the real sense it’s all a roadshow, short-sighted trick to woo the equally shallow masses.

    I hadn’t thought Nairobians are as ignorant as they’ve just demostrated, and overwhelmingly so too. Our politics really do need to evolve faster for the better. Otherwise, we’ll all go drown in stupidity.

     
  92. Bishop

    August 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    This’ quite amazing.

     

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