David Musila. Photo | Capital FM

A pregnancy, just like a cough and love cannot be hidden as so is selfishness, greediness and gluttony.

How else to describe one time head of provincial administration now turned devolution ambassador — David Musila.

Umau, as he is commonly referred to in the best performing county under the visionary leadership of the once little known Dr Julius Malombe, Umau Musila has now set his eyes on the top seat on tenets of defending devolution which he spend most of his time fighting.

Musila is the epitome of all things wrong with devolution as he was among the great defenders of the plunders and thieves of national resources of this country when he served in the Kanu regime.

History and facts are bound together like buttocks. None will ever hurry to be ahead of the other however how much they are a hurry.  

In the 2013 elections, Umau got a political lifeline by hanging on the tail coat of Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the hard work and sheer sacrifice made by party members including Dr Malombe, for him to win the senate seat.

To show how disdainful Umau is to devolution and to the tenets on which mature democracy is founded, he recently made utterances painting his true self and what he thinks to be democracy.

As a party chairperson, how can Umau say he is being edged out of party nomination? Who is edging him out? If he starts to cry like a baby for fear of stiff competition in his capacity as a party chair, what will aspiring MCAs who are joining the party for the first time do? Commit suicide?

Umau, is a good leader and has influence, but without good strategies, he is bound to lose and already, his Kanu traits have started pulling him down the drain to eternal political oblivion.

For the first time since Kenya attained self and internal rule, the people of Kitui, whom he has represented for generations, have felt power.

The people of Kitui, in the last three years, have felt a sense of belonging akin to Kenya’s independence from the oppressive Britons.

The people of Kitui can now boldly and confidently talk of good utilization of resources and improved business environment both for local and national investors.

The people of Kitui can now talk of better health care services courtesy of the incumbent Dr Malombe and his team of visionary leaders.

Indeed, it is the strict discipline culture indoctrinated by Dr Malombe among his staff that corruption has been nipped in the bud thus results are out for every person to see.

It is easy to traverse the villages now than it was more than five years ago as the road network is on the right track.

In a period of Five years ago, talk of children going to school was almost alien as most would rather stay home and waste away but now, it’s almost becoming a hobby for every parent to take their children to school as they can see an improved sector. There exists a good synergy between the national government and the county government on matters education shining a ray of hope on the sector in the county.

Despite being at the helm of provincial administration several years ago, the security situation in Kitui was one of the jungle, and now Umau wants to take up the leadership of the now tranquil Kitui land. Does this even make sense?

To Umau, after realising that it would be hard to be handed a free nomination ticket for the top seat, due to his perceived low performance on oversight, he has been making secret nocturnal overtures to Jubilee and Narck for an easy ride.

Pundits say that he is an easy bet for the two outfits as they house politicians of his ilk who have been in power for decades but have nothing to their legacies.

“The Wiper wave will not matter in Kitui. The race isn’t about how close one is to Kalonzo Musyoka,” Umau said recently at a rally at Kyuso market where another renegade Wiper MP John Munuve was part of his audience according to The Citizen weekly which reported. 

His sentiments have confirmed fears that have been lingering within the party of presence of a fat mole wrecking the boat from within.

It is now becoming clear that cracks which were being reported as emerging in Wiper party were just but a creation of Umau Musila and his wheeler dealers out to paint Mr Musyoka as a bad leader.

This however, has not gained any momentum as the party has withered those tea-cup storms and is even stronger what with most of its governors being ranked among the best performing.

Even his allies have started distancing themselves from him. For instance, Festus Nzungu, a former Mwingi town council chairman gave the senator a bashing likening him to a lascivious gigolo who lust over his grandson’s wife.

It remains to be seen how Umau Musila, as he prepares to hit the 90-year mark, will compete with a young and vibrant Dr Malombe for the Kitui top seat if he ever gets the ticket to run for the top seat. 

Gilbert Maoga Osoro (centre)
In 1986, the sleepy and virgin Nyagwengi village in Gionsaria location, Basso Bogetaorio Ward in Bobasi Constituency, a new boy was born. His happy parents, Mzee Samwel Oguta and an overjoyed mother Mama Cycilia Kemunto named him Gilbert Maoga Osoro.
Chief  Justice Dr Willy Mutunga. 

According to Kenya’s chief justice, Willy Mutunga, the country’s citizens are at war with mafia-style cartels run by political bosses and corrupt businesspeople. He says that Kenya harbours mafia-style criminals similar to Al Capone’s mob in 1920s America, and that this “cartel collects millions every day”.
In a recent interview with Dutch newspaper, NRC Handelsblad, the respected Mutunga claims that corruption stretches from the very bottom to the very top of society. 

He says, for instance, that a Kenyan policeman who extorts a bribe from a motorist must share the booty with the head of the local station, who in turn shares the money with superiors possibly all the way up to police chiefs in Nairobi. Larger cartels, he explains, make money through trafficking illegal migrants, counterfeit money, weapons, drugs and consumer goods.

Mutunga, 69, has been nicknamed ‘the Robin Hood of the Kenyan judiciary’. The son of a tailor, he rose up the system through talent and sheer determination. Previously a left-wing academic, he stood up against the dictatorship of President Daniel arap Moi, leading to Mutunga’s dismissal from the university and a prison sentence in 1982. 

After the end of Kenya’s one-party state in 1991, Mutunga became president of the Law Society of Kenya and chair of the Kenyan Human Rights Commission. 

After the election violence of 2007/8, which claimed more than a thousand casualties, Kenyans demanded fundamental reforms. 

Mutunga was made Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court and was tasked with reorganising the judiciary. The heads of corrupt judges began to roll.

Nevertheless, Mutunga claims corruption in Kenya has never been worse than today.
“The influence of the cartels is overwhelming,” he says. “They are doing illegal business with politicians. If we do not fight the cartels, we become their slaves. But leaders who do take on the cartels must be prepared to be killed or exiled.”

Mutunga is averse to the pomp, wealth and self-regard that is the hallmark of many Kenyan politicians. 

His defence of gay rights and an ornamental stud in his earlobe meanwhile have caused some political turbulence.

“We do not want a Chief Justice with a decorative button to communicate with unseen spirits,” quipped Deputy President William Ruto some years back.

Despite now being a member of the establishment, however, Mutunga doesn’t hesitate to criticise the government and parliament. 

“Yes, I am now at the top. I’m riding a tiger, hoping that the monster will not devour me,” he says. “But as long as I fight the cartels and they are protected, you cannot achieve anything. You are taking these people into a corrupt investigating system, through a corrupt anti-corruption system, and a corrupt judiciary.”

“If our constitution and the clause Chapter 6 about corruption were being implemented, I am sure 80% of [politicians] would not be suitable for political leadership,” he adds.

Shadows versus the state

According to Mutunga, weak state structures in African countries create space for criminal networks to operate, especially when these groups operate along ethnic loyalties. 

Cartels collaborate with politicians and military leaders, gaining huge influence and sometimes overshadowing the government itself.

“Globally, according to the World Economic Forum, this illicit economy that includes counterfeit is worth $3.5 trillion,” says Mutunga. “In Kenya, the counterfeit economy is worth $1.2 billion annually according to the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. It has got involved in supporting politicians in a big way.”

The Chief Justice brings up the example of the $3.8 billion railway construction contract the government signed with a Chinese state enterprise in which the bid was limited to that single company.

“We should have divided it up with different companies so that our interests would be paramount. Now we deal only with the Chinese,” he says, before going on to explain why the bidding process might have kept so restricted.

“The deal we have is based on commission. Guys are saying: we just had expensive elections where we spent 10 billion Kenya Shillings ($100m). We have to get it from somewhere. Or we have to think about the election in 2017 and we need a war chest. So you have all that stealing. We have become a bandit economy. Africa after 50 years of independence, after looting of resources, has become stuck. Inequality is also stuck”.

Are these powerful cartels going to challenge the state itself?

“What happens now in Kenya with corruption has become a very serious war between cartels. Whenever there is a change of government, some cartels benefit and others lose out. And those that lose out don’t go out quietly. And that is where the judiciary comes in, because the losers come to court and say: ‘under the constitution, this tender for the railroad did not have public participation, it was single sourcing, it was corrupt’.”

Mutunga gives another example. The Kenyan army has been combating the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab in southern Somalia since 2011. And this fight is not without its individual winners. 

A smuggling ring controls the Somali port city of Kismayo according to a UN report, and a recent publication by Journalists for Justice reveals that under the protection of the Kenyan army, traders (some with links to al-Shabaab) smuggle all kinds of Asian electronics, sugar, food and drugs into Kenya. 

The scam reportedly yields between one and two million dollars every month. “When a racket as in Kismayo prevails, what is the role of the state?” asks Mutunga.

Have these shadow networks even taken over state power in some countries?

“That debate has been raging for some time in Africa. In Mali, the government lost its control. Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Somalia have taken over large portions of the state. There, the state lost its legitimacy. In Kenya, we almost got to it with Mungiki [a violent Kikuyu secret society]. They started policing slum areas and bus routes, taxing people in return for security. They were allowed that by the state, particularly the Kikuyu elite. When there was a fallout, the state went after them and literally killed them. They were hunted down like rats, because they were all known.”

And now we fight it out

Mutunga hopes for a new generation of politicians which can take on and fight the cartels.

“The connection between cartels and politicians must be broken,” he says. “The newly-elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari gives me hope. He must fight against many cartels, like the oil cartel. The status quo is deeply rooted. But there comes a time when the leaders have to say ‘And now we fight it out’.”

In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta has recently been making noises that he is prepared to take up this struggle too, and Mutunga suggests that the 2017 elections “may well be fought on issues of corruption and jurisprudence”.

However, with many in Kenya yet to be convinced by Kenyatta’s speeches about tackling corruption, is the president sincere?

“I can tell you that whenever President Uhuru talks about cartels he is angry, maybe because the cartels are messing up his political programme or that he genuinely wants to dismantle them,” says Mutunga. “I see he is serious”.

Written by Koert Lindijer, the Africa correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
Article source: Africa Arguements
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What do Microsoft, Dell, Napster and Facebook all have in common? Aside from being among some of the most market-shaking companies of the last quarter century, they were all also created by college students.

Sure, not everyone can be the next Mark Zuckerberg, but starting a small business while in college is definitely possible.

There are several options that require little to no startup capital and can be done without an office space.

Entrepreneurship in college can help make valuable connections while also generating some income to cover tuition, meals and those very expensive textbooks.
Here are 10 ideas for starting a business from the comfort of your own dorm room.

1. Information technology (IT) consulting

Information technology is one field where having years of experience can actually work against you. College students typically have the freshest skills in this area and knowledge of the newest technologies.

If you don’t feel confident promoting yourself as an IT consultant to businesses, put the word out on campus that you’re available to help the less tech-savvy majors with their computer issues, and build from there.

2. Social media consulting

College students are often on the cutting edge of social-media trends. Use this knowledge and experience to advise companies on their social-media strategy. Take them beyond Facebook and LinkedIn, and introduce them to new channels to get their messages out.

3. Graphic design

Graphic design consulting relies more on creativity and talent than years of experience. Design majors should grab a portfolio of their best projects from class, print off some impressive looking business cards or feature them on a website, and get started.

4. Website design

Students are much more exposed to designing websites than ever before. Many have done so for a campus group or club, a fellow student or just a personal blog.

Those sites can be used as samples and leveraged in order to branch out to designing websites for a profit.

5. Photography

Thanks to platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, the world has become more accustomed to using images to communicate.

With a rise in the need for visual content, there has also been growing sense of comfort with using amateur photographers. Due to advancements in technology, these amateurs have the ability to churn out high-quality work.

6. Event planning

College students have probably attended their fair share of parties, but putting that party experience to good use is another story. Event planning requires attention to detail, organization, the ability to multitask and creativity.

If equipped to handle the job, start a business around campus and become the go-to source for planning campus group or club activities. It’s important to note that taking your business outside of school may require special certification.

7. Personal trainer

Personal trainers have flexible hours and can conduct workouts almost anywhere. Personal training can oftentimes require a certification through an organization such as ACE, but meeting the requirements, such as taking a certification exam and passing CPR/AED courses, may be easier than you think.

8. Cleaning services

Starting a cleaning business allows students to work flexible hours and doesn’t require an office. Not to mention, supplies needed for this business can be purchased at your local grocery store.

Many people are willing to pay someone else to do a dirty job. A gold mine for the cleaning business lies within fraternity or sorority houses the day after a big game. 

9. Freelance makeup artist

According to Federal data, women have outnumbered men in American colleges for nearly 35 years. This provides the perfect opportunity to start a small business geared towards the female demographic.

Freelance makeup artists can generate revenue in the traditional sense of applying makeup to customers ahead of special occasions. Alternately, one of the newest ways to make money is by providing tutorial videos on social media. Great content that attracts a high number of viewers can turn into YouTube sponsorship dollars.

10. Landscaping / snow removal

Landscaping and snow removal services are great seasonal businesses that can carry over vacation breaks and throughout the semester. Armed with a shovel, garden store equipment and some sturdy boots, students living off-campus or local residents could become very lucrative clients.

Even if a business is started by a student while in college, it’s still a real business, with real rewards and risks.

No matter what the business or size of the company, it’s important to have insurance protection.

Things like specialized IT consultant insurance or a more general professional liability policy will help a company stay out of trouble if anything goes wrong. 

The bottom line is that college entrepreneurship can be a great way to earn some money as well as pave the way for continued career success after graduation.

Article source: Entrepreneur.com
Photo credit: omf.org

When you tell a story, three things happen in your brain -- your memories are triggered, the emotions associated with those memories are triggered and you want to take action. And in your reader’s brain, the same three things happen -- and they experience your story through their own memories. That’s how stories connect people. And it gets even better.

Stories that show you in action reveal your character -- and are the most powerful stories of all.

Neuroeconomics professor Paul Zak explains: “Character-driven stories with emotional content result in a better understanding of the key points a speaker wishes to make and enable better recall of these points weeks later.” How can you draw on the emotional power of storytelling to bring customers close to the human character of your business?

Here are three storytelling tips you can use to create powerful content that builds a bridge from what you’ve already done to what you want to do for customers in the future.

1. Choose a moment.

The most powerful stories are built around specific moments of challenge, change and growth. The Always #LikeAGirl campaign does this brilliantly. Every girl has experienced that moment when someone looks at her and says she does something #LikeAGirl, and she feels crushed, suffocated and inadequate. The #LikeAGirl campaign takes young girls back into those moments and invites them to reclaim those times.

“Don’t stop until you’re unstoppable. #LikeAGirl.” In this campaign, Always is doing much more than selling sanitary products -- they’re asking every girl to challenge stereotypes and participate in their campaign by telling their own unique stories.

Related:  How the Significant Objects Social Experiment Proved the Economic Value of Storytelling

2. Your company’s world view is in the details.

Patagonia has always stood for outdoor adventure and outdoor clothing so well made that they’ll fix it for you forever -- no need to throw it out, ever. Recently, the company has taken storytelling to the next stage, using visual images as well as sounds and smells to draw customers into local action for sustainability.

You’re on the Patagonia site, and before you know it, you’re scrolling between climbers’ stories, wild adventure photos and vivid, naturalistic shots of Patagonia climbing apparel almost blooming on the page. Through these stories, you share Patagonia’s sense of adventure and community. And their last ask is not to buy their products, but to sign up and speak up for the environment.

3. Write like you talk.

When you’re struggling to write copy or a blog, talk it out. Better yet, walk around and talk into your phone. Faced with a blank page or computer screen, most people panic. But if you just start talking -- not like a marketing machine, but like yourself -- words will flow. Use that natural voice, the way you talk on Snapchat and Vine, to bring character and emotion to all your marketing.

Inside every Spanx package is a message in a font that looks hand-written, as if the founder (Sara Blakely) is sending a note just to you. My favorite? “Don’t take yourself or the ‘rules’ too seriously xo, Sara.” It’s like she’s jumped out of the package and is talking right to you!

One last thing: Every story is a promise. When you tell an authentic story, or create one for your brand, it’s as if you are whispering gently to your customer, “Because I have done this before, you can count on me to do it again.” So have fun, be yourself, tell stories and invite your customers to tell stories -- and you’ll be sure to draw them in close.

Article source: Entrepreneur.com
Mr Raila Odinga. 

Does it baffle anyone like it does to me that one of the largest parties in Kenya today, ODM, is already complaining of 2017 election rigging instead of planning on how to sail through just like its rivals are doing?

Even a little party like Amani National Congress (ANC) led by Musalia Mudavdi is hell bent on getting a winning formula in the 2017 elections and all that ODM, and to the larger extension Cord, is doing  is to accuse it of being a project of Jubilee to spoil the western vote.

Well, if that claim is true, why is Cord not also able to form a party and plant it in Jubilee strongholds to spoil the party for Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as well?

It is child play to whine and grumble on how someone else is planning to win against you yet all you are doing is only lament instead of strategising on how to beat your competitor at his own game.

Complaining that Deputy President William Ruto is inviting delegates to his home will not bring votes. Planting moles in those delegations to hoodwink Mr Ruto could help.

The era of divisive politics is over, today, it is strategy. Sound planning. Sly engagement. Scientific facts. Individual or personal engagement with the owner of the vote and not antics in the public arena.

The ground has already shifted. There is no use of having large crowds that do not translate into actual votes.

It is laughable, for a man of Mr Raila Odinga’s stature, experience, and position, to start sounding alarm of vote manipulation almost 19 months away from election date.

His supporters and indeed all Kenyans, if at all Mr odinga and his team fails to win the next elections, should demand hard answers from him and hold him personally responsible for wasting their time for the last five years he has been traversing the country.

Kenyans, who have vested and hinged their hopes on Mr Odinga and his leadership should demand a compensation for their wasted efforts and deliberate abuse by the ODM leader for alienating them from real leadership and involvement in governance.

By this time, since the last elections, the country should have only known one song – Raila Tosha 2017 – if at all he was serious about his chances of winning the 2017 elections for his coalition had all the time it needed to put in place proper mechanisms, seal all loopholes that dogged it in 2013, successfully discredited the ruling Jubilee coalition and individually appealed to the owners of power – the voters – to his advantage.

One wonders what has been holding the Opposition from making inroads into the perceived Jubilee strongholds like Tharaka Nithi and scuttle those votes if they fail completely in getting them to their side.

Instead, Cord and Raila, has been engaging in rather personalised attacks against the top Jubilee leaders without realising that that was a ploy by Jubilee to keep the Opposition busy while UhuRuto engaged in robust strategy and vote soliciting.

The panic button has been pressed. Cord has been caught unawares and now it has no time to get votes in its bag and has taken us back to the dark days of general balkanisation.

Get out, step out and stop feeling good. Leave your comfort zone, stop feeling superior. Stop feeling like a god and hit the road. Wise men said better half a loaf than none. And yes, better late than never. There is still time to right the wrongs.

Before the end of this year, it should be your basic responsibility to put your house in order and sweep all the votes registered in the list of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to propel you to the coveted office of our land.

The opposition brigade is operating like grasshoppers who are so timid even by the presence of a mosquito.

While Jubilee is busy preaching unity or perceived unity within its camp, Cord, read Raila Odinga, is busy shouting at the top of its voice about rigging and such like antics.

It should be known to Raila Odinga that elections in Kenya will never ever be won by the tactics he is engaging in at the moment. Today’s voters are not those of the 1990s, today’s voters do not care much about the struggles of multiparty and democracy. Today’s voters are not so concerned about the history of the post Moi era.

Today’s voters are concerned about what is in it for them. Today’s voters are concerned about what opportunities lie there before them in business and entrepreneurship. Today’s voters are concerned about what is there for them to eat, eating here does not mean corruption, but what to keep their families moving.

Today’s voters are easily swayed by celebrities more than heroes. They are looking at who seems more in-line with their standards and level. They are looking at a person who shows is one of them. I dare say that they will vote for a socialite if what you have to offer right now is complains about there being a plot to rig the next elections instead of offering yourself as the best alternative to the failed and miserable Jubilee administration.

Today’s voters want assurance that their vote is a form of insurance for good leadership for their benefit and not just a tool to get some individuals to power.

What ODM and Raila specifically need to do is to divorce from the fallacy that registered voters will win him the presidency.

Those registered votes need to be translated into actual votes and not just paper figures. It is not enough to tell people to register as voters. It is important to tell them why they should register and how they will benefit from casting their vote in the favour of Mr Odinga.

Yes, our youth will register as voters but that vote could be easily taken by Jubilee courtesy of their sound planning and strategy to win the elections through psychological war fare they have launched against the Opposition.

It is a good thing that Mr Odinga has no rival in protecting the soverignity of this nation. No other person has had the guts the face a whole government singe handedly and bring sense therein. In the history of our country, we will indeed document that it is only Mr Odinga who promised to drop a list of thieves and he did.

Today, Mr Odinga and his brigade should totally move away from insults and portray themselves as the better hyena we never had.

With the Eurobond saga now showing signs of catching those who misappropriated our money, Cord should not relent until all those involved are sent behind bars.

And do not just stop there, unravel another scandal and unmask the UhuRuto led failed government as just stooges who have no clue of such a leadership means for Kenyans.

It is no secret the two wannabe digital leaders have failed us to the core. But then, if we continue complaining without showing a way out of the mess these two leaders put us in, we shall perish in their leaking and stinky ship.

Yes We Can. We believe. We can walk the talk. We can have a dignified life under a safe pair of hands. Yes, Hapa Kazi Tu.

Written by Julius Juma. 

Some of the Luhya leaders at a past memorial ceremony for former VP Wamalwa Kijana. Phot credit/Nation Media Group
Some of the Luhya leaders at a past memorial ceremony for former VP Wamalwa Kijana. Phot credit/Nation Media Group

This time, there is no allowance to mince words. Dear your Excellencies the governors, deputy governors, Members of Parliament, Senators, Woman Representatives, Members of the County Assemblies, representatives for people with disabilities and all nominated officials, Happy New Year 2016.

We have exactly about 20 moths, 1 year and eight months, to replace you or promote you to the next level.

But mostly, we will be replacing almost all of you because you do not deserve a second chance anywhere near public leadership especially as our trusted representatives in the most respected houses of honour. You have defiled the cardinal meaning of the title ‘Honourable’ for all that you have done in the past three years is nothing close to be honoured leave for a few instances.

To be called an Excellency, is a great honour that we have bestowed on you but you have defiled the same. You have nothing to show of your legacy if not for the confusion and public resource plunder at will.

We as the electorate are more concerned about your lack of vision and mission, plan and strategy, goodwill and humanity, you have all abdicated your duties and pretended to assume the role of the other.

However, there are notable legacies that some of you will leave behind like Mikopo Mashinani by the county government of Kakamega and the recently launched dairy initiative across all the wards. We could loud the passion with which the governor of Trans Nzoia has for farming and his spirited campaign for farmers to adopt new methods and fertilisers to improve on crop yield.

We will not forget the zeal with which the governor of Bungoma has with culture preservation and nurturing. We will be grateful. Our friends in Busia County will not forget their governor’s will to have a vibrant border point that trades in foreign exchange and expansion of business space geared towards East African Community integration.

Our friends in Vihiga will not forget easily the gusto with which the governor has for there to be improved agricultural practice with provision of seeds for crop farmers and vibrant artificial insemination services (AI) for dairy farmers and a more robust extension service.

All of you have something touching the common mwananchi but all these good news has been clouded by corruption oozing from your offices to the very lowly office in your line.

Corruption drumbeats have vibrated all through the levels of leadership both elective and appointive to intensities that cannot be tolerated.

Our senators, we are waiting to see what you have done for your people. We are waiting for an audit of how much money you saved from being wasted in your respective counties. We are waiting to see an audit of how many Bills you have sponsored in the senate that have caught the eye of MPs from your respective counties and said, yes, let’s do this.

Here, Hon Amos Wako deserves applause for being one of those senators who have a name eked in our minds for his outstanding performance.

This time, this year, in the coming election, be warned, we shall not measure your performance o how many times you have just spoken on the floor of the House, no, we shall rate your performance with how you have impacted on the common mwananchi.

And still, if you just sit in there and draw allowances for snoozing away without uttering a single word on the floor of the House and come around in funeral and make a lot of noise, we will kick you out without mercy and you will never ever see the doors of that respected House.

If you are a member of the county assembly, MCA, and you are never seen in your Ward, start counting your days, make arrangements with your bank on how to settle your debts, start reducing your escapades with your illegal girlfriends for come August 2017, you will be out of that position by 8am. We will not waste time with you.

For an MCA, you have a lot to do this year. You are disadvantaged because we live with you and we know you know what we need. Yet most of you have nothing to show apart from protruding stomachs as if you are pregnant. Listen, that pregnancy will be delivered very early in August 2017 when you will realize even your wife, whom you have been cheating on, has no vote for you.

The past year has been full of activity, both good and bad. We have, from ordinary citizens to you leaders, complained of poor service delivery, us citizens, complaining about you, and you complaining about the one in a superior position than yours and at the end of it, the most powerful office holder on our land has blamed us ordinary citizens for the poor service delivery in this country.

Sometimes we feel like crying; we feel like packing our bags and leave but to where? We cannot go to Burundi, we cannot go to Uganda, not even Tanzania, Ethiopia as well is not good for us, and then we are left with Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia, who wants to go there? I won’t even mention Eritrea.

Our roads are pathetic to say the least. No leader has any right to come in a funeral and blame the other when for the past three years, you have all behaved as if you are blind. It is not true that no MP from Kakamega County, has never ever, for the past three years, used the Malava – Kakamega road.
If not, tell us where you have been visiting these past three years.

It is not true that no leader in our four counties has never heard of needy and poor locals seeking medical care, school fees, shelter and food. That will be a lie.

It will be a greater lie for any leader elected in 2013 to claim that they had no time to implement their visions for their people. If that’s the case, then that person does not deserve to be in any leadership position because they lack order. They are simply poor planners.

If a leader goes around villages promising people that he will ensure all households have piped water, that person deserves to be chased away.

We need electricity connection to those houses and before that, we need good houses and we need the households to be able to pay for the power bills.  And that is only possible if we have all our people earning at least Sh600 per day in a month. Creation of job opportunities should be key. 

How, that remains the preserve of that leader provided at the end of the day, a villager goes home with Sh600.

It is a pity that an old town like Malava, at the centre of two major sugar producing firms, has no bank. Only two ATMs of which already one has collapsed. And leaders from that region can have the guts to challenge their opponents in funerals?

Worse is having an MCA, where the town falls, with no clue at how to even improve the hygienic standards of the market. An MCA who has no ability to create a lasting rapport with other leaders like the County Liason Officer, the Sub County Administrator, the County Commissioner, the Deputy Governor, and the Governor himself on how to grow this big market.

Even worse is the fact that the market lies a few kilometers from the home of the Deputy Governor. 
You mean to say these two senior leaders never set foot in that town? Or is it that they lack any visionary advisers who can offer them guidance on how to lure investors to flood the market and offer employment opportunities?

These are the kind of leaders that the ordinary voter will not tolerate in the coming elections.
And for those salivating for those positions, remember, we will also be looking through you with the fastidiousness of a microscope.

Some of you, we know you very well and the political sins you committed and you have never repented. Your time is coming when you will realize that we have no time for you. The people of Western Kenya are much alive this time round.

The people of Western Kenya are not ready to be ashamed again in the eyes of the whole nation by leaders who have nothing in between their ears.

The tsunami is coming and you will be left at the shore just like waves leave dirt at those shores and the ship steady on its journey.

On the other hand, those leaders who were swept under the carpet by he waves of parties, yet they are performers, we will not forget you and we are sorry for having been deceived by sweet-talkers. This time, in this election, we shall show our worth by electing only those who mean well for our future generations.

The time is now, this is the time we have been waiting for, just to eternally throw incompetent individuals sabotaging pure Luhya leadership into political oblivion. 

Written by Tolbert Mark Opaye. 
Goldminers at the Rosterman area in Kakamega. PHOTO COURTESY |
Yes, I have no apologies for saying that you deserve to be poor if you are still so at 35 years of age.

These are not my words, I was shocked also when I read when Mr Jack Ma said so. At first, I thought he was being insensitive and boastful or he was just simply out of touch with the reality down here.
But comes out I was utterly wrong to have thought so after getting to know his reasons.