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.

but.

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?

 

 

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baba

Baba while you were away:

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I don’t know what to say.

 

Now that you are here;

We wanted to enthrone you

In a million-man-march

 

Now that you are here;

King, you have no need

 

To be.

I see

 

The difference is the forces;

in the discipline,

the banks and the guns

 

Knowledge of your presence

is comfort enough

you animate

friend &

foe

 

now it’s beginning to sound

like an old testament ode.

 

Baba,

this love of ours

for you is wrong.

it betrays all

against or for.

It is the law!

 

Baba,

you are a subject in school

you are our collective voice;

hoarse, stuttering, unintelligible.

we walk to your call

to listen to our all

 

you are a basic need

you are the tears I weep

 

in the house on the hill,

we shall never be.

 

 

ready to die

Ready to die?

 

where is your anger

Where is your Hunger

 

Where is your Fire

Where is your Ire

 

Call me a rubble rouser

As you may, but

If they will not Give

We shall Take

 

Tired of empty Talk

We Shout slogans

to the sound of war drums

 

make the ground quake under your feet

poor people lose everything they’ve got to hope

when they are ready to die, the powers that be act

 

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n.b

the people should not be afraid of their governments

the government should be afraid of its people

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occupy