democratic monarchy republic

the construct called the republic of kenya espouses democracy. citizens get to choose between competing dynasties and wannabe nobility.

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that sense of belonging in policy arguments and the definition of politics in kenya to ethnic supremacy battles. the question of declaration of support to an English Premier League club. Our team beat your team. language you would imagine best suited to Roman Abrahamovic.. chelsea fc – MY team!  and with the betting craze they put their money where their hearts are.

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defend the kingship – (whose?) – our kin(g)ship.

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cut down a he-goat

stab it severely

burn it whole

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curse s.k . macharia.

curse his business

curse his generation

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for betraying his community

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maybe an equivalent of excommunication or exile from the tribe would make the curse more potent. and maybe another tribe would welcome him with song and dance and a he-goat slaughtering to bless out the curses uttered. i know a few communities whose collective average wealth would shoot up substantially.

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i wish david ndii, boniface mwangi, john githongo, maina kiai were billionaires… (don’t look a gift horse in the mouth) at least i don’t have to defend our kingship’s mishaps and missteps along with all my kin as vociferously as i otherwise would be forced to.

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the republic of kenya’s citizens are subjects that never learn their lessons.

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bless their ignorance

bless their poverty

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for we are together

defending the kin(g)ship

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vote for me

rutophobia

william ruto; raila odinga’s heir apparent.
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maybe the former might not yet know this … yet. well, but neither do i.
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rutophobia shall not have a destructive effect on its intended target’s tribesmates as has ‘government’ sponsored railaphobia. i guess. on account of the cultivation of alternatives to his (ruto’s) chieftainship. the astute politician that he is could have an inkling of this and pre-emptive strikes may have been instituted to ward off any pretenders to his chieftainship. the success of his shock and awe camapign i do not know.
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but i can listen to k’naan
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” Here’s the 5 steps
In hopes to explain it
One!
Its me and my nation against the world
Two!
Then me and my clan against the nation
Three!
Then me and my fam’ against the clan
Four!
Then me and my brother we no hesitation
Uh!
Go against the fam’ until they cave in
Five!
Now who’s left in this deadly equation?
That’s right, it’s me against my brother
Then we point a kalashnikov
And kill one another”
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raila’s people may welcome this with demonstrations in support of the ” spread the hate” ” spread the fear” assault. understandably its a temporary reprieve from the loneliness . a substitute whipping boy/tribe.
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on preemptive strikes: raila has been ruthless in silencing any ‘alternative voice’ not singing ‘baba… black sheep!!’. .. its a wonder how baba the black sheep morphed into ‘baba’s black sheep’. its even worse that baba’s tribemates became the black sheep.
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talking of sheep i get that john 1:29 …
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what was the sin?
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who sinned?….and against whom?
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http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/01/26/raila-phobia-used-to-get-jubilee-voter-numbers_c1492914

power & hunger.

charge:

rao is power hungry.

i say, rao is hungry.

stop.

hunger is power.

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why can’t he quit? he’s too old. why can’y he anoint someone a successor, he’s good at that – x tosha! he’s a good kingmaker but he’ll never be king. he’s lost so many presidential ‘contests’ – he’s a loser. frankly, i would vote for rao but these (—- ) are mad!

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am still on the ‘luo president’ note. he’s been told before not once not twice, behind closed doors. a luo is unelectable to the office of the presidency though his/her support is welcome. what then can be said to an ogiek lady of her prospects – does she even count .. does she warrant attention .. is she worthy of being considered even and be informed of her ineligibility or of her prospects? .. what of my arjuran clan relatives… does my nephew matter in the plan… could he make it into the question of being fit for such an office?

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this would all go away and the path would b cleared if the declaration would determine a qualifying statement,” there wil be presidents – but never a luo as president2. then i would rejoice for them… free, free… thank god .. free at last to be. .

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in this way rao’s pretence to the throne ‘the people’s president ‘ is not so grating .. provided he’s not the republic of kenya’s president’ hehe. nicely done. his claim ceases to be interpreted as the voice of the hungry – the poor – the underdog. rao is no peasant. granted. and for this ignominy he becomes ‘lord of poverty’. yah?

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hunger is power.

no, the hungry…

are powerful.

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its irony is

what propels this power

becomes their powerlessness.

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may be all this ire is pure envy – what’s with selfies in mud huts but only one smiling humble shining face?

may be its all genuine interest for the people  – come all ye who are hungry, taste and see that  i am good. i shall be your sponsor and you shall be my votes..

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to give a man fish

or

to teach a man to fish

that is the question…

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which by your estimation would invite the hungry??

let it be here known that the choice so made is

‘fair, independent and… development’

the people want

to work with the government

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but

what then happens

to the government working for them?

 

 

luo luor liel

…. a lost look in her eyes. lost inside of herself . she pushes her i phone tablet with the article  http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2013/05/04/the-unenviable-fate-of-the-luo_c769104 open. she’s at the stage ladies don’t mention their ages. She’s six years removed from her  undergraduate graduation party. doing well by kenyan standards, successful – two cars! A grey subaru outback and and a black nissan x-trail. that’s all you get for now. looking sharp tailored suit cropped hair and looping gold earings. we’re not quibbling over details here but she has her name initialed on the sleeve of her coat and breast pocket of her shirt (blouse?)

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“… we are the generation that saw a black skinny man with a funny name become the 44th president of the united states of america. the generation that gave us the first kenyan to play in the world cup… and another to jump about in the WWF. she chokes a little here… we saw a lady that looked like me and my sisters, had a name like mine … regarded as beautiful and talented. back in high school a girl i knew wrote a boy…. saying how ashamed she was …

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“…. we are the generation that responded to the taunts of… jaluo jinga!! ananuka samaki !! sura kama samaki!! and so …

we gave you luo is a lifestyle, luo is a brand, luo is a responsibility, luo is a software, luo oksechi

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why?

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” lifestyle, brand, responsibility, software : to me it means or carries the idea of identity but also inclusivity. it is about choice… and freedom underlies this choice. self belief. every body has a lifestyle, brand, responsibility, software… . diversity it is… tribe-all-ism

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” you heard that ‘unbwogable’ song by Gidi Gidi Maji Maji … remember the lyric  “can’t a young luo make money anymore?”. the Nairobi governor Evans Kidero (Odhiambo is silent) responded to those questioning the source of his wealth explaining he was an M.D or something of a multinational company at 29 yrs of age ,” was i being paid in bananas?”… the juxtaposition is (lord of) poverty… and violence (’82 coup) … all luos live in kibera? Oh, and we were the 90’s AIDs ravaged community…

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” no, i’m not bitter i am painting you a picture.

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” we gave you independence, we bequeathed you multi-party democracy, we.. our sons, fathers and brothers gave you  devolution … it is our blood that is the ink of what is to some just a book… the constitution. it truly is a bloody new constitution.

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“i sincerely feel”… she thumbs her tall glass stirs the passion juice but does not make to take a sip…”… i feel wronged, but not personally”. The other day … i am asked to venture what raila odinga’s thoughts are, why is he leading demonstrations against I.E.B.C. “every time i try to get out.. they pull me back in!”… she catches my perplexed look and waves her hand as if to brush my surprise away,”ah… if you’ve watched the Godfather you’ll understand”. so she quietly asked them whether she worked in the ODM secretariat or with them in the same corporation. their answers were evasive and maybe her question embarrassed them … they went some thing like “… you know … you are better placed than us”… and nervous laughter punctuates ” .. aaah … errrmmm … you are closer…”. by an accident of coincidence she notes mentally that… she’s of a different tribe.. call it ‘community’ (if that flies your kite) to them. staring at the base of her glass as she turns it around “.. and i don’t even like politics…” she stops and is eerily quiet. she takes a sip, one sip. lifts up her head to look me in the eye and it is unnerving.

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leans her head to one side like a meme i have seen doing the rounds on facebook, ” tell me, have you ever been asked such?…”. i pause to think and she regards me patiently but before i lie she says, ” its alright…” and … she smiles. finally she smiles… revealing a gap between her front teeth, ” it’s okay”. as she signals a waiter for the bill. she is contemplative again. i hand her back her tablet.

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“have you ever wondered why these people are so celebrated out there .. and yet… i don’t know, is it a case of the prophet not welcome in his home town… … could it be the system.. the will of God… the peoples own doing… or its just me overthinking… ahh…” “o.k”

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settles the bill, stands up straightens her suit and cuffs … . as we make an exit, i catch the image of balotelli an italian footballer caught in a pose displaying writings on his undershirt “why always me?”. the call of duty once took me to a Gor Mahia fc match (enough said)… in discussions of his antics among his other talents at the FIFA World Cup he was endearingly referred to as BalOtieno
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hmm, what would his t-shirt have read if he were to answer to that name…?

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” why always _ _ _ _ ?”

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think, think, think…

ah, i give up

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disclaimer:

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names, events, persons mentioned here that correspond to actual persons, names, events are purely coincidental. this is a work of fiction and the author shall not be responsible for your interpretation of names, events, and persons mentioned therein. (hopefully) No feelings, names, persons, institutions were hurt during the filming and transcription of this presentation.

domestic violence; how to

what makes a (wo)man maim, kill the spouse and the entire family?

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what makes a community rise up against another as in ethnic cleansing?

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how does a human burn another inside a church?

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in the family

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mostly it is the man that is the perpetrator it appears. his reasons may be that he wouldn’t want his family to suffer as he is unable to provide. his spouse may have angered him. provoked or talked back to him i.e. dis respected him, nagging, denied him the conjugal, infidelity… and this also applies vice versa as has been recently oft reported.

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some more knowledgeable persons explain that it is a disease of chauvinism. power politics. a woman should know her place. is to be seen and not to be heard… and when not seen is to be heard in the kitchen. and then you have ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better’… ‘ thinking like a boy’… ‘your husband is your first born’ ‘ a woman is your property’… a competition of the gender.

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in the genocide

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one tribe felt aggrieved as to some favoritism of the state.  during the bloodshed one community called the other ‘cockroach’ …. ‘ tall trees’….
in kenya, one community called the others thieves… and the only good one was a dead one. in others the story was that, people from a certain community were not equipped to lead as they had not undergone a surgical procedure that turned boys to men. and that explains how they could be so childish… loud… violent… lazy… stupid…

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to be able to feed someone to a gas chamber, knock out their teeth for gold, starve,…. march them to their death… you have to first justify it to yourself and to those you would like to short circuit their conscience. to the poor tell them the reason they are in such a position is ‘those’ people. to the more intellectually inclined … troop around scientific ‘facts’ and statistics to prove ‘our’ superiority. to the more pious… misrepresent to them the passion of their messiah … teachings of the prophet … and that eternal ‘us’ versus ‘them’… ‘two feet good’… ‘four feet bad’

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simply deny their humanity…

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this numbs somehow the empathy that you have for a fellow human. what is a ‘monkey’ to you? is it not an animal that stalled in its evolution? what is a ‘cockroach’ to you? is it not something to be exterminated? what is a ‘child’ to you? is it not something to be disciplined? what do we do to thieves? doesn’t mob justice demand that you necklace and burn the sin? what do you do to a tall tree? do you not cut it down.. to size?

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rape is violence. have you not heard that the victim deserved it because the dressing was provocative. that she was asking for it? lower animals smell out others to know whether they are on heat… some birds have elaborate mating dance rituals…

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violence is violence

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(wo)man despite what may be put across is not violent. they first  have to overcome the ‘block ‘ of preservation of life. to enable them pass this thresh hold. in the biblical story, the first murder was a fratricide. the first sin outside of the garden of eden. could be favoritism…. and ‘am i my brothers keeper?’
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man and woman come together (for many reasons) and one, maybe, is to do together what they can not do alone.  social scientists have theorized on the state on such theory is the ‘ social contract theory’. we all cede some freedoms to some authority.. the state to protect us… (from each other perhaps… but, nonetheless all of us).

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empathy

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have you ever been splashed with boiling hot water ? what about having your genitals/ breasts cut off?  when you see the face of a woman slashed and disfigured, does what she did matter?

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the newspaper image of a man’s bloodied face caught between heavy heels and unyielding tarmac did you frame it in your living area or have the above mentioned on your profile image? did ‘you cant rape a woman who is already too willing’ offend you? did you nod along, or cheer gleefully – shoot more, kill more, maim all, rape, pillage more?… how dare she question your authority, opposition, nagging, complaining.. ? how dare that child speak to you like that?… ‘the man of the house’… ‘i took an oath’… ‘rights kitu gani?

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the pinch may be on the other foot, one day.. maybe tomorrow… or maybe never.

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if you ever stop to wonder how a (wo)man would eliminate the whole family and themselves too…

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if you ask yourself how did we get to that 007 year…

if you imagine it is only a movie…

if you think i am talking about you…

if you think am talking for or against ‘your people’…

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democracy, ha!
it is safer and more fashionable to criticize, demonize, witness, ridicule, question, insult, hold accountable one Raila Amolo Odinga. Noted?
AND
It is only him that can be ‘tolerated’ to talk about ‘our’ business. Well, the perception is that he can be ignored- as an ‘old bitter mad man’ resorting to theatrics.
No, not you Jacob Juma. what’s your problem?
‘i will never give up fighting corruption’
you are young(er), you are rich,
why wouldn’t you shut up
and leave alone the ‘politics’? eh?
‘i will NOT fear death and stay in the comfort zone’
you are (un)usual business man..
we are business-as-usual, man !!
‘God Bless Kenya’
*ten shots*
tweet heart !!
*spit*
tweet that !!
*unknown gun one*
” hio iwe funzo kwako
na kwa wengine
kama wewe …
wenye tabia…
ama nia “
*unknown unknown*
“i’d rather (you) die…
*slowly blows smoke*
….than (I) resign !”
>>>>>
stay tuned
for more episodes on the continuing saga

.. series title unknown!

 

 

…stay tuned
for more episodes from the continuing saga ‘gangsters paradise’/ nairobi no-life/ unknown hit(wo)man/ hostage: kenya democracy.. haven’t settled on a name.

state of the national imperial (paper) chase address

so, i remembered my history teacher in primary school alleging that kenya is a christian nation . ati 80% of it’s citizens profess this religion or way of life. now, i believe for we are a forgiving nation of second chances
our president and his deputy have led the nation by example down on their knees recognising the king of kings. (sielewi mbona bado the deputy is loudly and profusely still proclaiming innocence na kesi kwisha, the president ametulia). anyway, prayer rallies that have united the nation. from the date they were running mates to date. a round of thanksgiving prayer rallies are in order. early christians were jail birds.. paulo na sila… yes, join me please.. paulo na silaaa…. waliomba…

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here is where you can blow your whistles… shangwes and vigelegeles
…….. placards and vuvuzelas are welcome….
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yes, watu wa mungu!…. the message i have today for the chase bank customers is what we have been preaching all along, accept and move on! we legally (s)elected suspects to preside over the state. be good christians; forgive and forget. if you can’t forgive you must forget. forget your life savings and pray for the saving of the bank directors.
it takes me back to primary school mathematics; which is greater 10% of kes 700 or 10% of kes 7 B? i asked myself, you should also ask yourself ‘ what is the greater good?’ good christians tithe; and when they are governors and senators i am sure as you have seen they continue the good works

to further demonstrate our christianity, we must now find ways of accommodating the directors in public office. some have called it a gangsters paradise but they forget jesus barabbas. without him the prophecy and the promise of salvation would not have happened

i am calling on you to volunteer for prayer rallies for the bank suspects. we shall be asked i was in jail and you did not visit me… i was hungry you did not feed me… i was cold you did not clothe me…