Saturday, June 17, 2017

Kenya’s success depends on a value driven citizenry


When the current constitution was promulgated in 2010, majority of Kenyans welcomed the new dawn with optimism; believing that it will accelerate reforms the country’s social, political and economic spectrums.

What Kenyans forgot was this, laws are mere safeguards and not engines of transformation in any society if people are not ready to be transformed.

While most of the challenges facing our nation are due to failure by our national leaders, the regular citizens should also remember that they have a critical role to play in making Kenya a better habitat for current and future generations.

Remember, any flub; big or small contributes to national decay. How we conduct ourselves in public and private is the foundation of personal and collective achievement.

A critical question that crops in my minds is this: Are Kenyans honest? Do we plan, carry out collective and individual responsibilities without cutting corners?  Are we values-driven citizens?

Our thought process defines the decisions we make in life. According to Gautama Buddha, the sage of Buddhism, what we think, we become- a corrupt mind will compel us to be corrupt, while an evil mind will lead us to commit evil.  

It takes a willingness mind to walk away or towards tribalism, nepotism, violence, corruption and bribery.

According to a US philosopher Ralph Emerson, you sow a thought and reap an action; sow an act and reap a habit; sow a habit and reap a character; sow a character and reap a destiny. The moral uprightness we read in Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism is of no value if we are not ready to inject it in our everyday life.

One may say that the reason why most of the religions practiced in Kenya have not changed people is because majority of their adherents are hearers of the word and not doers of the word, just as the Bible tells us in the book of James verse1:22.

If we plant hatred, tribalism, greed, envy and strife, we reap the same. We have to make choices; we have to choose whether we want to become good trees which bear good fruits as in Matthew 7:18 or vice versa.

When you learn it, live it or apply it so that it can have meaning to create impact in society. In other words, learning good stuff is meaningless if one is not ready to apply it.

We need to nurture the principles of probity in our society. If we want to be treated with honest, fairness, and truthfulness, we need to treat others the same way.

If you find someone’s wallet in a matatu, its unethical to take it; thinking that you are the luckiest person. In Hinduism, Karma, is a term often used to stress the consequences of our action or the rebirth of our good or bad.

Corruption is corruption whether it’s through Eurobond, SGR, NYS, Anglo Leasing or Goldenberg. Stealing your neighbour’s chicken or gouging the prices of essential goods like Unga by unscrupulous business people is pure corruption.
I recently forgot my cell phone in a New York restaurant. 

When I made a follow up the following day, I discovered that a customer picked it and handed it to the manager. Think about what would have happened if the same happened in a Tom Mboya Street eatery!

What does not belong to you is not yours. We don’t need religion to learn this. It’s just simple acts of ethics.

If we expected the President, Governor, Legislator or MCA, to operate with honesty and integrity, we need to remember that as citizens, we have a cardinal responsibility to act the same way. After all, it’s us who elect these people into office.

As we stride towards the August election, we need to elect value-driven leaders. Those with dubious records should be rejected at the ballot.

Vices in our society are plenty. Offering a job to a person without the requisite qualifications merely because you share a similar dialect is morally wrong. It negates meritocracy, service delivery, and promotes corruption. 

When a farmer bribes a clerk at a tea buying centre for additional kilos than his actual produce in order to fetch higher earnings, the farmer is actually promoting self-theft. If he stops doing so, he will end up being a victim when another farmer starts a new cycle. Remember, the clerk has to steal the extra kilos from other innocent farmers.

Is there any justification for the said farmer to complain about corruption in the national radar when he or she is involved in corruption? Even the tea clerk is not justified to demand for better remuneration from the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) when he swindles farmers while on a salary.

We always accuse traffic officers of corruption on the highways and forget that, Matatu operators are purveyors of the same. The operators are used to bribery to the extent that, even if the vehicle involved in a traffic check is 100% road worthy, the operator will still hand money to a traffic officer on a road block.

Why bribe especially when you know you are operating within the law? 

We need to understand our rights. Cutting corners often denies us justice. If we were a value-driven nation, managing a mere general election which comes after 5 years would not been a controversial affair. The current standoff at the IEBC over the ballot tendering process is unnecessary.

One wonders why Chairman Wafula Chebukati, and his team cannot pursue an alternative avenue which is acceptable to all. If indeed, there is a red flag as raised by NASA after they awarded the printing tender to the Al Ghurair company of Dubai why not pursue a neutral avenue to break the impasse?

I think one critical step Kenya should take is to fully incorporate ethics in our education system. If this becomes mandatory, schoolers in all levels will be inculcated into a culture where they will understand that moral ethics is the cornerstone of social, political, cultural and economic development.

To fully ensure that education shapes character in society, Singapore uses this concept in its school systems: “Nation before community and society above self.” This is the country’s shared nationalistic mantra. 

Today, the country is one of the four Asian “dragons” as a result of rapid industrial growth despite being at par with Kenya, 54 years ago.

We need to wear the wrist watch of honest and drill in discipline with character. This is the surest way to make Kenya a haven of prosperity.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Kenyan Diaspora: Ipsos polling survey is not scientific but a politically motivated misrepresentation of facts to favour Jubilee!

By Kenyan Diaspora
Dr Tom Wolf, CEO Ipsos
New York, United States-Kenyans in the diaspora who support Raila Amollo Odinga in the National Super Alliance (NASA) would like to make the following statement as pertains to the Ipsos Synovate’s polls survey released recently pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee and Raila Odinga of the NASA coalitions. 
Immediately after the announcement of the formation of the NASA political outfit, the super alliance opposition party to challenge the Jubilee government in the August 2017 election, the Ipsos polling firm released an opinion poll.   The finding of the poll was well presented with bar charts, pie charts and other forms of pseudo-descriptive statistical data. 
We have summarized their bar chart and simplified it in the table presented below for easy analysis and discussion. The findings of this poll have no merit, since there was no poll done. Forensic analysis clearly shows that all the data presented were cooked. 
The aim was to show that President Uhuru Kenyatta was ahead of the opposition leaders in popularity. For example, the poll reporters assumed that Nyanza province is a NASA stronghold; central province is a Jubilee stronghold; NASA zones are automatically Raila Odinga’s supporters; Jubilee zones are Uhuru Kenyatta’s supporters; and for the last five years, both Jubilee and NASA had an equal chance to promote and implement their development agendas. 
These assumptions ignored the fact that Jubilee run the government and NASA did not; that nothing changed in terms of political grouping since the last election.
To compare NASA with Jubilee is not only absurd, but crazy. NASA has just formed and in the last 5 months it was still brewing in Mudavadi’s head yet Jubilee was busy running the government; NASA had no definitive leader, no members, and not even campaigned or told Kenyans its purpose, agenda, or presented its manifesto. 
But Dr. Wolf has already compared its development rating with that of Jubilee in terms of education, health care provision, and enhancing regional security for the last five years. Interestingly, they found that of the 2057 imaginary Kenyans interviewed by Ipsos, 2% approve of Jubilee’s performance in improving the health of Kenyans, while 0% approves of  NASA on this issue. 
Zero percent rating may mean that all NASA supporters disapproved NASA agenda or NASA was not inexistence by the time its development agenda was compared with that of Jubilee or nobody was interviewed at all and data was cooked. If the reported facts were true, then 98% of the Kenyans disapprove of the Jubilee’s ability to improve health care. With such a low approval rating for the Jubilee government, it is magical or miraculous that Uhuru Kenyatta’s rating is steadily rising. 
If a 2% approval rate for Jubilee in health care provision and management is a fact, then the doctors’ and nurses’ strikes that paralyzed the country was justified. According to any known standard, it will be a disaster for any government to have a 2% approval rating in health care. This is a typical example of the cooked poll data.
Summarized data from Ipsos polls bar chart (1)
Total number interviewed
N
J
Jubilee
NASA
Nyanza
Central
N=2057
N=934
N=693
N=269
N=269
Leaning Towards
45.8%
34%
Improve Health care
2%
0%
Improve Education
4%
0%
Enhancing security
1%
1%
Undecided
Summarized data from Ipsos polls bar chart (2)
Undecided
Nyanza
Central
Eastern
Rift Valley
6%
6%
6%
6%
The table shows that 45.8% of Kenyans lean toward Jubilee party while 34% towards NASA. The poll further indicates that only 4% of Kenyans approve of Jubilee’s handling of education and 1%, its enhancing of security, against NASA’s 0% and 1% respectively. This rating is too low for the Jubilee government and there is no way that 45.8% of Kenyans would still lean toward such a low-rated government. 
If this finding were true, what would be wrong with those leaning towards Jubilee in spite of the government’s extremely low rating in health, education and enhancing security? Unless there has been massive brain transplants during which their brains got totally changed. NASA had just been formed and is in the primordial stages, but Ipsos rates it at 1% - equal with Jubilee in handling security. 
Therefore, according to this poll, 99% of Kenyans feel insecure, but are still supporting Uhuru Kenyatta for the presidency and yet nobody has crossed borders to the neighboring countries as refugees.
Ipsos, in the past three polls, puts Uhurus’ popularity at 50% but his government at below 10%. If these polls holds, then Uhuru was the messiah that we have been waiting for. 
The issue here is not whether Kenyans are blind or stupid, but that Ipsos is cooking data and making Kenyans look stupid. This is the time to say “no”. Enough is enough. Critical analysis of the Ipsos’s report clearly shows that they did not interview anybody, but sat down in somebody’s basement or kitchen and cooked the data. For example, out of the 2057 interviewed, 269 were from Central province and 269 from Nyanza province. 
It is rare to interview the same number of respondents from two different regions in a survey based on the nature of random sampling; in this case, the Kikuyu central province and the Luo Nyanza. 
Another similar scenario is evidenced in the survey of December 21, 2016 by Ipsos that was reported by Marikio Muchiri. The poll sampled and interviewed 1083 respondents. Ipsos was lucky again to interview 142 respondents from Central province and 142 from Nyanza province. 
For all the people, they approached, all of them answered their questions. There was no refusal or non-respondents. This is a rare phenomenon in a typical survey. It is achievable in a controlled laboratory experiment or in surveys conducted in hospitals, where patients can be chosen and categorized from a list of monthly admissions by their ailments, vital signs, and socioeconomic differences to generate treatment cases and non-treatment cases.
Let us give Ipsos the benefit of doubt and compute the figures given to us. The total number of people interviewed from Central and Nyanza was 284 (26.2%) of the total interviewees.  Therefore 73.8% were from other regions. For Uhuru to have a 50% rating in overall, he must have gained popularity in almost all Raila’s opposition areas. 
This clearly shows lack of truth in the results of all these pseudo surveys. What Ipsos is doing is totally an unacceptable. This is another form of psychological voters’ suppression and disenfranchisement.
Another way of uncovering cooked data is to look for a repeated digit presentation. Is one figure appearing consistently in one category of response?  This is referred to as digital preference syndrome. It is an unconscious digit preference without the individuals involved realizing what they are doing. 
In this report, figure 6 was the preferred digit. The survey found that the number of undecided was the same in Nyanza (6%), Central (6%), Eastern (6%) and Rift Valley (6%). This is total baloney and not a coincident at all the three. There is no randomness which is the fundamental backbone of a scientific sample survey. 
It is simply, a falsification of data. When you tell a recording clerk or a keyboarder to put 6% for undecided, he or she will put the same figure for all undecideds in all areas, irrespective of the population size or political heterogeneity of that area. This is what happened in the Ipsos data-cooking kitchen. Let us look at the past Ipsos synovate polls with a magnifying glass.
Past polls
·         In March 2016 Ipsos interviewed 2076
·         June 4th, 2016 Ipsos interviewed 2067
·         December 21st, 2016, Ipsos interviewed 2057
The sample sizes of the three surveys clearly give a good picture of doctored data. The first two figures are 20 followed by a 6 or a 7 and ending with a 6 or a 7. You can clearly see that, in March and in June, the total number of people interviewed is the same, but the last two digits have been switched. 
This never happens in real-world situations, but with unintelligently manipulated data. This kind of carelessness can happen only if you believe that you are dealing with illiterate, ignorant, and stupid communities; in this case, Kenyans. 
The total number interviewed by Ipsos in December is the same as the rest, only that the figure 6 has been replaced by the figure 5. This is the work of a very lazy person.
Ipsos’ polls constantly compare Raila and Uhuru’s popularities and conclude that the findings were synonymous with who support the government and those who resent the government. This implies that if you are close to Raila or come from Raila’s region, then, by default, you are against the government and vice versa. This is the picture painted by these phony polls by Ipsos. 
The data, however, are far from accurate. The table below shows snapshot popularity between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta. To reduce Railas’ popularity in a poll, Ipsos compare him with his top deputies while including Uhuru Kenyatta in the group.  Uhuru is never put in the same poll with Ruto or any other person from Jubilee in. 
The opposition group therefore split numbers which lowers their popularity percentages and Uhuru will emerge the most popular presidential candidate.  Ipsos will never include Ruto in the
is is a game of number manipulation and the results are far from truth. Alternatively, Ruto is considered” mtu wa mkono” for Uhuru. He once boasted for being mtu wa Mkono wa Jirongo. I don’t think that Kalenjins this time will be ready to be called “Watu wa mkono wa Watu wa central.”
Ipos presidential popularity polls result by dates (1)
Presidential Candidates
Polls Date
April 2016
June 2016
Aug. 2016
Sept. 2016
Raila Odinga
23
28
22
22
Uhuru Kenyatta
48
51
41
50
Difference
25
23
19
28
Ipos presidential popularity polls result by dates (2)
Presidential Candidates
Polls Date
Dec. 17, 2016
Dec. 21, 2016
Raila Odinga
22
22
Uhuru Kenyatta
50
50
Difference
28
28
Falsification of data is a criminal act, and, if proven true, Dr. Tom Wolf must be subpoenaed and reprimanded accordingly. He has waged a psycho-political war on Kenyans in the opposition areas. People have been traumatized just by the mere fact that Uhuru Kenyatta may be the Kenyan president again. Dr. Wolf looks foreign to me. Probably he is a Kenyan citizen by now, if he married Njeri.  
But in the past, such aliens caused miseries and political instabilities to some African countries. In Uganda, Idi Amin had a Briton called Bob Astles, and his influence caused Uganda a hell-like experience. My advice to the Kenyan leaders never to rely on these colonial masters, since they do not have Kenyans’ interests on their agenda.
In all the past polls, Raila’s popularity must remain in the 20s, and the preferred figure is 22% as presented in the table above. These figures remained constant irrespective of the month of the year, the political temperature of the country, the economic hardship at any given time, the teachers’, the doctors’, the nurses’, and he Matatus’ strikes. 
The polls conservatively remain constant with the president leading Raila despite the Kenyan armys’ death toll in Somalia, the hunger in the country, sky rocketing price of maize and sugar, lack of water supply especially in Nairobi city, and semi-arid rural areas, the government failure to proide relief food to starving citizen, the death toll in Kerio Valley from cattle rustlers etc. 
The president’s rating must be 50% and above, or somewhere around 50%. But no ratings for the deputy president. Why is the 50% figure particularly important? If the president gets below 50% in the general election, there will be a runoff and he cannot match Agwambo because Raila is mysterious in Nature. Like the great grandfather Gor Mahia, he can turn into anything and changes any situation. 
My question is very simple. Why is Raila’s popularity according to Ipsos, is stuck at 22%? There are many answers to this question, but only two sounds plausible. 
Either there is no polling done and the Ipsos Mzee sits in his office, cooking data while drinking Chibuku or Amuna, or, Mzee, Dr. Tom Wolf alias pollster, has a database of 2067 people that he interviews, all the time, and gets the same answers each time he calls them. But to save time and money he will call them with a simplified question “has your political opinion changed from the last time I talked to you?” and the answer is simple “No Mzee, bado, ni ile ile tu.”
Bob Astles with President Idi Amin in 1978 
Kenyans must reject Ipsos Polling firm and its agenda and activities in the country. We should never allow our election to be influenced by bogus firms. Can Dr. Wolf truly show Kenyans his credentials? And where he learned his polling skills? I am very sure that the university concerned, if any, may withdraw his certificate. 
Our qualitative analysis, based on non scientific public opinion clearly shows that RAILA ODINGA will be the next Kenya president, come the August election of 2017. 
We hereby promise Kenyans that we are going to conduct credible scientific polls heading towards the election to give credible scientific data that will be reliable. NASA North America is committed to counteract corruption and miscommunication, and the lies fed to the Kenyan population. Never believe in Ipsos polling again, since it is simply a hoax.





Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Kenya Patriotic Movement supports mass action call by Cord

Formed as a movement to fuse the synergy of Kenyans at home and in the diaspora, Kenya Patriotic Movement ‘KEPAM, ’works directly with Kenyan citizens from all walks of life to bring about positive trans formation.

Our cardinal responsibility is the pursuit of good governance, Social Justice, fair electoral practices, equity and equality in the country.
The movement joins Kenyans to condemn the Jubilee government and its MPs in the national assembly for hurriedly passing the Election Amendment Laws. This is because, the original law was brought into force through bi-partisan efforts between the ruling coalition- Jubilee and the opposition- Coalition for Reform and Democracy ‘CORD.’
In the bi-partisan bill, it was agreed that electronic voting and transmission of results was the right way to ensure a fair electoral process and that manual, voting mechanism was a no-go-zone.
As a natural principle, any change to a negotiated document shall be undertaken the same way it was agreed upon. Any attempts to deviate from this clear path, will result in mistrust and betrayal.
It’s also against the spirit of fair democratic practices between two parties.
“We are prepared to mobilize all Kenyans at home and in the Diaspora for peaceful demonstrations throughout the Country to express outrage over the passage of the new law, “Said Mr. Frank Ogwoka, KEPAM diaspora liaison officer. “We are in solidarity with the Church, the political opposition and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) in their readiness to fight for free and fair election.”
It is now clear that this is the only language President Uhuru Kenyatta’s leadership will understand.
Is it not absurd for President Uhuru, his deputy and majority leader Aden Duale to mutilate a law which was born through negotiation? Furthermore, four Kenyans died during the street demonstrations against IEBC commissioners.
If these leaders thrive in heightened political temperatures in the country as we stride towards an election year, we are cooked as a nation. It also shows that Jubilee has not learnt from experience, especially the 2007/2008 post-election fiasco.
Kenyans will not sit and watch when their democratic rights are being trampled upon by a rogue
regime through unorthodox means for purposes of self-preservation.
“The action by the President to summon all jubilee MPs to Statehouse after the first amendment to election law failed in parliament was suspect. “It also speaks volumes about the desperation in the ruling coalition to manoeuvre and rig the next general election.” Said Mr. Samson Omechi, who is also KEPAM’s the national coordinator.
The President’s ambivalence in addressing urgent matters facing the country, especially the current strike by medical professionals which has paralyzed operations in medical facilities, portrays him as indecisive and unable to confront challenges as the country’s Chief Executive Officer.
In other words, he is showing the country that the preservation of his job was his only priority. It is imperative to note that even the church has condemned the sinister motives by the Jubilee MPs who hastily passed the contested electoral amendments.
As a movement comprising Kenyan voters at home and in the diaspora, we join the political Opposition, the Church, the Civil Society and LSK, to urge the President not to assent to the amendments.
“We call upon members of our movement and supporters from all the 47 Counties to carry white handkerchiefs and green twigs as a sign of peace and join the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord), and other stakeholders for peaceful demonstrations commencing on 4th January 4th 2017.
Clearly, this is the only language scandalous regimes world over can understand. It’s tragic that the Jubilee regime wants to use unorthodox means to rule the country eternally.
The Duale’s of this world should wake up to the seemingly unsettling reality that a credible election is not a favour. It the democratic right of all Kenyans.
Signed by,
Joseph Lister Nyaringo, President
Albert Musasia, Secretary General
Samson Omechi, Coordinator
Emmy Isalamba, Mudachi, Gender affairs

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Foreign donors have done more for Kenya than Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed to the country that he doesn’t care about an informed citizenry. This is after he castigated international donors who support the Civil Society to conduct civic education in Kenya during the Jamhuri Day celebration.

It now clear that the President had ulterior motives for transferring the coordination of (NGO) to the Ministry of Interior headed by CS Joseph Nkaisery, from the Ministry of Devolution. This transfer may open a battleground between nonprofits and the law enforcement.
It can also be remembered that Uhuru was behind the Miscellaneous Amendment Bill of 2013 to cap the amount of funding to nonprofits from foreign sources.

The President needs to be enlightened about the actual role of the Civil Society also known as the third sector in our country instead of looking at it as a political movement out to prevent him from securing a second term in 2017.
He should understand that a strong Civil Society will ensure a strong government, effectiveness in fulfilling civic responsibilities by citizens, improvement in business skills especially for Kenyans in the informal sector through trainings.
The President and other members of the ruling elite who besmirch the Civil Society should also remember that it plays a critical role in peace building, enhancing human rights, promotion of peace and security, health, empowering vulnerable groups, building ethnic cohesion and religious tolerance in our nation.
The Civil Society has brought many leaders to the limelight. In parliament, we have honourable Kabando Wa Kabando of Mukurweini, Cecil Mbarire of Runyenjes and Priscilla Nyokabi of Nyeri County. Is Uhuru not enjoying the support of these vibrant leaders in the Jubilee government?

 As a reminder to Kenyans, Faulu Microfinance Bank, which has now evolved into a full-fledged bank is in existence through support from Food for the Hungry International (FHI); an international relief and development organization whose headquarters is in Arizona, United States. Is the bank not employing hundreds of Kenyans besides empowering many in rural areas through micro-credit financial services?

President Uhuru is a direct beneficiary of Multiparty Democracy which was re-introduced in the country in 1991 through the efforts of the Civil Society and other foreign actors who cares about Kenya’s democratic growth.

I wonder if Uhuru knows the status of Kenya’s external debts where China tops the list. I also wonder if he knows that there is no repayments of all donations made to the Civil Society unlike the hefty loans from China which will be serviced Kenyan children not yet born.  

Civic education is the responsibility of the government and not foreigners. That’s why, philanthropists who support the Civil Society from abroad deserve accolades and not condemnation from politicians.  

Kenya is not a dictatorship like North Korea where President Kim Jong-un’s government bamboozles citizens in every aspect of their life. North Koreans have got no rights to explore modern cultural norms from the outside World.
We live in a democratic society where we need to enjoy the freedoms to build linkages with friends from all over the globe for purposes of enhancing our lives in the modern Century.
Kenyans desperately need understanding about their constitution, electoral process and basic judicial maters. They need trainings on how to run small businesses. Above all, they need to learn how to build a peaceful, cohesive and integrative nation to boost our multiculturalism.
I want to challenge President Uhuru to state how charitable he in the Kenyan Society despite coming from a moneyed family! He should stop criticising foreigners who have shown compassion to Kenyans.

Besides, it’s not a secret that the Kenyatta family owns land, the size of Nyanza region yet, they cannot donate even a grave yard to a landless person.

Secondly, apart from what the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is doing through the Beyond Zero campaign, there is nothing philanthropic Kenyans can associate the Kenyatta family with. Remember, even the Beyond Zero campaign is sustained by well-wishers.

Kenyans vividly remember that in 2010, when Uhuru doubled as deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, he bloated the price of the 1171 acres family land in Rongai which the government purchased to resettle the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Attacking the international community is forgetting too soon. Who doesn’t remember how it played a pivotal role to put Kenya on the right track after the 2007 post-election violence?
In fact, Uhuru became a direct beneficiary of the mediation where he was appointed deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Finance because of the efforts of Western powers like the United States.