poverty politics poetry

‘the left arm is abusing the right arm when they actually belong to one body’

‘you know sometimes the body rejects a part in the case of transplants’

so went the discussion on this weeks news item ‘poverty stricken’ reaction of hon. gladys wanga to ‘hon’. mutahi ngunyi’s analysis of the ‘lord of poverty’. still in this week Meru town was ‘brought to a stand-still’ by a man from the lake seeking the hand of one of their girls in marriage. one jared otieno, a business man flanked by hon. james orengo and hon. prof. anyang’ nyong’o. in attendance was the hon. peter munya governor Meru county and hon. kiraitu murungi senator Meru county.  hon. gladys wanga and jared otieno hail from homa bay county… some say ‘hon’.mutahi ngunyi from Meru county

‘poverty stricken mar meru’

that was hon.gladys wanga’s tweet to ‘hon’.mutahi ngunyi. it is vernacular for ‘poverty stricken your mother’ it is intended as an insult not that i think political scientist ‘hon’. mutahi ngunyi was insulting by pointing out the obvious.

“Are LUOs poor? No idea.THEY SHOULD TELL US. Are there POVERTY STRICKEN LUOs. YES. Statistics: 82% of people in BONDO live below poverty line”

its most famous son, raila amolo odinga the leader of opposition is to him ‘lord of poverty’;

“Raila should be put on TRIAL. The JUDGE: poverty stricken LUOs. And LUHYAs craving his bondage. CHARGE: selfishness, selfishness, selfishness.”
so reads the tweet that earned him the wrath of hon. gladys wanga. the honorable member’s phrase could be with application of slight change in intonation mean ‘poverty stricken is the meru’s’.
“The LUO NATION is spell bound by RAILA. Period. That is why they call him BABA like NYAYO. In fact the only BABA after NYAYO. Mental SLAVERY”
the way some words are stressed reminds me of the plethora of ‘online gutter press’ but i respect the effectiveness of the brevity. in high school it is identified as one of the characteristics of good poetry. communication done. Now, “not all who call me ‘lord’! ‘lord’!… shall see the kingdom (of poverty)”. .. 82% is a BIG percentage! about names, our president is called MUTHAMAKI  and is also referred to as KAMWANA- maybe our political scientist could profile the users of these names. ‘hon’. mutahi ngunyi knows how to get people talking because truth hurts… or maybe ‘a lie gets around the world before the truth put on its boots. who knows?
ilianza tu na ka selfie- our president went and made a deal to import sugar from uganda to shore up on the shortfall – double tap! then the ill informed opposition as usual in their unpatriotism started heckling. the raucous was instigated by the dire straits in which the sugar producing region is in. ungrateful brutes, m.p’s from the region, even after a bundle of money was thrown at the problem that is eating at Mumias Sugar Company refused an invite by the head of state to tea! the stereotype on their relationship with this beverage was put into question or it just highlighted how displeased they were. an opposition governor was a former MD at the troubled company.
reports in the media did not help matters much; a private Kenyan owned company milked the camaraderie between the heads of state an opportunity for good business not to be wasted. the Ugandan president weighed in on the issue. remember him of the ‘these jaruos are mad’ fame. allegations of impropriety were levelled at the scientist concerning his dealings with NYS. rumours and hear-say undeserving of any response or comment.
“Yes, I’m the lord of poverty because I speak for many poor people while he (Ruto) is the high priest of corruption because he speaks for wealthy people with ill-gotten wealth.”
i dont know if he’s honourable or not, right or wrong but he has accepted the title bestowed on him. the contention is the poverty. i could say of ideas, character, principles. what has the opposition done to help the poverty stricken luos and luhyas craving bondage who’s livelihood is the sugar cane? what ideas have they- boycotting sugar and/or milk ?
… Er, i am thinking along the lines of self sufficiency… sustainability… economic empowerment…
o.k, most importantly, what are the poverty stricken luos and luhyas craving bondage doing about it?

Hon. kiraitu murungi was Lord. Rt. Hon. Dr. raila amolo odinga’s lawyer during the latter’s residence at kamiti maximum security prison and once pleaded with the ‘lord’ to eat during a determined fast to the death.  during the business man jared otieno’s trip to Meru he spoke;


‘“A long time ago, the Ameru did not let their daughters get married to Luos. They used to worry about what they will eat in Nyanza, because they thought there was only fish, which they did not like”


“Imenti South and Nyanza South are getting cosy as far as marriages go. It is good, because it is a way of bringing tribes together”

mar‘ not only means ‘belonging to’ but also ‘mother in law’. in english it means ‘to spoil/ ruin/ damage ‘.

again, hon. gladys wanga’s

– ‘poverty stricken mar meru”:


poverty stricken your mother

poverty stricken belongs to your mother

poverty stricken belongs to (a)meru

poverty stricken is the mother-in-law to your mother

poverty stricken spoil/ ruin/ damage your mother

poverty stricken spoil/ ruin/ damage (a)meru


(wo)man is to err; it could have been over zealousness in conciliation resulting in a typo. We forgave a former minister of finance a few million shilling typing error and are eternally patient with hon. moses kuria. in all innocence i suppose it was a minor NON-ISSUE misunderstanding. (sorry, i couldn’t resist ).

in the context of the weeks events and the opening to this article the hon. gladys wanga’s tweet must have been intended to be

‘poverty stricken marry meru’

there is a residual evidence of an insult even in this however, involved parties and participants should agree to dis agree on


poverty stricken marry your mother –


i.e. your father is poverty stricken.

i mean without (innuendingkizungu ni ngumu!) implying that your mother is promiscuous …

lets say she is unfortunate.



poverty stricken marry (a)meru –


luo marry (a)meru…

‘jared otieno’ marries ‘kendi mwiti’

interestingly ‘kendi’ means ‘alone’  or ‘get married’



you realise this could go on … and on.. and on….

energised by ignorance, arrogance ….and ..and.. and…


…i’m tired, you decide





he greatest threat to democracy is poverty;
and ignorance is a poverty of intelligence
and sickness is a poverty of health
and corruption is a poverty of integrity

you people calling yourselves kenyans need a better class of politicians.
if you were empowered even economically maybe that you would rise over the din of a grumbling stomach and be better able to articulate your aspirations for yourself your offspring your kin and your neighbour.

they say at fifty kenya is a young democracy and i add thats why you are easily distracted by shiny objects and colourful displays. most probably you are in early adolescence and entertainment is prominent in your priority. a wise woman always asked errant members of the public a question that i now put to you,”who is your mother?”

i am feminist. tell me what, for all your ‘fathers of the nation’ this is what you turn out to be…

pity a fool but not the mad

here, i pay my due;

heart of the city

nairobi is… stuffy. like all cities. i miss the outdoors, even the back breaking work. the weather is getting to me. kenyan winter. i run out of sleep and decide to take a walk around the estate. i find myself by the highway and imagine myself heading to exotic destinations. immersed in thought wallowing in myself i hear my name. its a friend we attended campus with. exchange pleasantries and hold out on complimenting the lady on his arm. i dont think thats his sister.

he’ll make me want to buy a t.v set. it feels good being stopped by a media personality. we have nothing much to say. otherwise i’ll betray jordo thinking; why did it suddenly get colder. it could be a good idea to get married . i wouldn’t have to plan what to eat & when…

baadae. catch you later.

since i came back to this… this city i’ve been fighting not to make ‘that’ call. hugging myself, shaking uncontrollably and rocking about mumbling “i will not call! i will not call!” makes me feel like an heroin addict. well, am exaggerating but picture – needless push-ups, reading ‘the new statesman’ or trying to,… effin afternoon naps, switching the phone off and on again, to mention a few; and thats saying alot.

sunday afternoon is family time, preparation for the-week-ahead time and ‘quality time’ time, and who wants ‘akufukuzae-hakuambii-toka’ looks or treatment. i thank god for ego and carry my own cross. i kick out the derailing argument, ‘ata yesu alisaidiwa’. even jesus was helped. to carry his cross. ‘shindwo’!

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not to justify or rationalise , analyze this : (courtesy of google and wikipedia) dopamine,  norepinephrine, phenylethylamine. and ‘in’ love. dopamine  is the “pleasure chemical,” producing a feeling of bliss. Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and produces the racing heart and excitement. together these two chemicals produce elation, intense energy, sleeplessness, craving, loss of appetite and focused attention. surprise surprise – men more readily produce it than women. functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans showed increased blood flow in areas of the brain with high concentrations of receptors for dopamine — associated with states of euphoria, craving and addiction.

various addictive drugs produce an increase in reward-related dopamine activity. addictive drugs such as alcohol or heroin; activation of the reward system may play only a minor role in addiction, with suppression of suffering being the dominant mechanism. other drugs, like nicotine, cocaine and methamphetamine, enhancement of dopamine activity is a primary factor. addicts in withdrawal do not experience the physical suffering associated with alcohol or opiates; instead they experience apathy, boredom, restlessness, and most importantly an overwhelming urge to consume more of the drug.

If consumption levels become very high, the ability of the body to regulate dopamine may be compromised, producing erratic behavior  😀  ….

 Treatment of stimulant addiction is very difficult, because even if consumption ceases, the urge to consume takes a long time to decrease, and even when apparently gone can reappear unexpectedly if a person is placed in a situation that is mentally associated with drug use.

haven’t gotten desperate enough to write to a lonely heart column or join ‘afrointroduction.com’ programme. after spraining my left ankle running away from my phone. i have to massage my foot. almost sounds rude. my shoulder hurts too.

the girl i would have called is today married – happily – with kids. that statement is quite loaded, but you get me. hmm. intoxicated on ‘sauti’ before they lost ‘sol’ i once said to her ‘ sina mengi ni mimi tu’. (i dont have much, only myself). more truthful than romantic, i was. i wonder what it cost me. okay, moving on; the one i should have called told me before we parted amicably, that i ‘asked for too much… emotionally and psychologically’.

yeah, ‘sina mengi nina mashairi’. (i dont have much, i have (my) poems). back where i started.  a certain writer said, ‘fame is disguised love’. as with this blog, i can relate to the ‘seeking love’ adverts. i am an artist.

hello, ‘caravan of dreams!’ ‘say good night’, world…