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    Quincy Timberlake: Kenya's ticking time bomb as it celebrates its 50th independence

     

    Are you people celebrating this Jamuhuri at 50 serious or just in love with celebrations of any sort? No way, you are NOT! Because the love for Kenya is not anywhere around your hearts even though the love of Kenya is. First of all, who hires David Matsanga to represent them in an international court? A killer in the making himself who helped Joseph Kony murder and rape Ugandans? Is he risking being trapped by the ICC too? Because I can personally sue him on those grounds. With the government, I have all the evidence to pin him down.
    DAVID Nyekorach Matsanga is a man who changes with the tide. For the last 12 years he has been an on-and-off spokesman of LRA leader Joseph Kony. During this time he was a diehard LRA apologist and a rabid critic of the NRM Government. Matsanga is as a man who is quick at sniffing opportunities. When Idi Amin was overthrown in 1979, he embraced the new rulers the UNLA Government. He soon got involved with rebels, attempting to overthrow the Government of Museveni in the late 1980s. He was the local guide who led ex-army chief-of-staff Opon Acak when the army ambushed them near Bududa Hospital in the late 1980s. Matsanga fled into exile in the UK. While in London, Matsanga disagreed with Obote supporters such as Joseph Ochieno, creating a gap between him and the UPC members in the diaspora. In a twist of events, he became the official spokesman of the LRA in early 1998. He later explained that he had wanted to turn the LRA rebels into a liberation front to rescue Uganda. This is a bloodthirsty and greedy man and Kenya can better than this. How can a Joseph Kony official represent ICC suspects at The Hague? Really?
    The CEO of land-grabbers and chief architect of land-grabbing continues to ignore the fact that millions of Kenyans are squatters today because of the huge chunk of land he is sitting on. If those title deeds being thrown about randomly are genuine, why can’t a commission be formed to oversee the procedure? The president has not missed a meal or lacked school fees in his life, how can he know what the people living in shanties go through? The president has never been brought before courts with trumped up charges, how can he know the amount of corruption and conspiracies around the justice system and police stations? The president does not know what anger and resentment in a disgruntled citizen looks like, how can he know what Kenyans are thinking of him? Kenyans are sick and tired of people like Mr. Kenyatta who think that wananchi owe them their lives and therefore they must put up with them and their mess or shut up. It’s really demeaning of a leader of his caliber to bring this idea of impunity to the public domain and people should strongly be against it. Mr. Kenyatta and his 11th August House “soldiers” should stop intimidating everyone. If Kenyatta is really serious with impaling corrupt officials in his government then he must first clear his name by giving land back to Kenyans and also slashing MPs salaries by half. This will reduce the public wage bill and lessen the burden on ordinary Kenyans who are slaving for their fat bellies.
    Consider his choice of dignitary invitees for the Jamuhuri celebrations. This bunch of goons are those he decided to befriend for the benefit of thrashing down the ICC and Africa’s last hope for justice.
    Is retired President Daniel Moi one to brag publicly? For what? Has he cleaned his backyard yet? All grey-haired cronies are going down. What is he waiting for while still participating in the continuous destruction of Kenyans lives? Why are they manipulating Kenyatta for their own gain? If I succeed in clinching presidency in 2017 – which would cause many Kenyans to end up paralysed in disbelief – I will share Moi’s wealth with poor Kenyans. I will redistribute his land to Mau evictees and displaced persons in the Rift Valley.
    President Kenyatta with the butcherer of Ugandans President Museveni. Museveni is crawling on Kenyan sovereignity
    President Kenyatta with the butcherer of Ugandans President Museveni. Museveni is crawling on Kenyan sovereignty dictating its State matters
    Who is Robert Mugabe? A killer of Zimbabweans and a looter of their resources? The 87-year-old despot has driven his southern African nation, prosperous for some at the time of its independence from Britain in 1980, to near-universal ruin. With thuggish violence and the customary spoils system for his family and military cronies, the superannuated revolutionary toyed with, and stifled, an earlier democratic spring.
    Who is Denis Sassou-Ngwesso? Another cockamamie who overthrew a democratically elected Pascal Lissouba? He sentenced him to death and for what?
    Consider DRC president Joseph Kabila? Isn’t he the one behind the conspiracy to assassinate his father Laurent Kabila when he was chief of staff of his armed forces? How is he dealing with the opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi? What has he done with the country’s massive wealth?
    Consider Joyce Banda, the embattled president of Malawi who is facing a multi-million pound corruption scandal that has swallowed up to a third of the budget of her impoverished country. She initially won hearts for selling off the presidential plane to decrease poverty levels but all that had gone to naught.
    Consider Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea, Africa’s murderer of the decade who has brutally slaughtered every opponent in his country and has silently used sharia law while he proclaims himself a “christian.” One WikiLeaks cable says Eritrea’s economy “appears to be in a death spiral,” and internal discontent is high and growing – it is impossible to know for sure what’s going on there; Reporters Without Borders ranks Eritrea as the worst place in the world to be a journalist, lower than North Korea. According to U.N. estimates as much as two-thirds of the population is malnourished. The aforementioned diplomatic cable states that young people are fleeing the country “in droves,” so it may just be that there is little resistance remaining to Afewerki’s rule.
    Consider Percy Mahendra Rajapaska who has wiped out Tamils from Sri Lanka and jailed the general who helped him clean the mess of LTTE, General Sarath Fonseka. He is a war criminal, media freedom crusher and forceful deporter of his own citizens.
    But the worst of them all, the king of the crop and Kenya’s most recently acquired cheer-leader is Uganda’s dictator Yoweri Museveni who has officially broken his promise of not governing again, despite having been in power for 27 years. He has just announced that he will vie in the next elections. Kenya is not under Kenyatta – it is Museveni who is ruling Kenya with an iron fist all in the name of blocking Raila’s presidency. See more here: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mim45eeke/uganda-president-yoweri-museveni/ and http://www.ugandacorrespondent.com/articles/2011/09/museveni-is-3rd-in-%E2%80%98worst-of-the-worst%E2%80%99-tyrants-list/. He has of late been caught misadvising President Kenyatta to plan his own State House managed coup. Museveni is busy coaching Kenyatta on how to become more powerful and more arrogant. In his mind, he can do whatever he chooses, whenever he chooses. That is what impunity is all about. Museveni’s talk of overthrowing his own government is quite simply diversionary nonsense. He participated in killing Kenyans during 2008 post- election violence. He also participated in compromising the 2013 elections and intimidating Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to declare Jubilee Alliance the winner in that elections. Kenyans, rise up against the Migingo robber!
    MPs are awarding themselves high perks, compromising the constitution for their selfish gains with impunity and passing unpopular laws to injure wananchi. Political corruption is turning the country’s spiralling youth unemployment into a threat to society. MPs are reaping from already strained tax payers. They are the world’s most highly paid legislators. They now demand from the weakened tax payers new iPads. To me, these MPigs are nothing but legislathieves. Thieves who steal in legislative buildings via legislation and otherwise. They abuse their immunity to do so. Parliament is supposed to make laws for Kenya. Instead the current August house will go into history books as the worst parliament in government history. It is a business club and the shortest means of making quick money in Kenya. But for the money to be made, constituents must suffer. It is a 1 per cent club that is preparing to inject microchips into Kenyans arms and mark 666 on their foreheads. Without the chip or the mark, Kenyans will not be able to sell or purchase.
    One can witness the same scene at dawn every morning in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi – thousands of young people in search of work streaming out from the city’s slums towards its industrial areas.
    I brand these people above legislathieves. The brutal and heartless cartel torturing Kenyans.
    I brand these people above legislathieves. The brutal and heartless cartel torturing Kenyans.
    Most of them are neatly if simply dressed, many of them are full of optimism, but the vast majority are destined to be disappointed. Those that can afford it will try and cram onto a bus in an attempt to beat the crowds. The rest will weave their way on foot through the heavy morning commuter traffic. But when they arrive, the situation for all of them will invariably be the same as it was on the previous day and the day before that and on all the other preceding days.
    They will spend an hour or so packed in their hundreds along the pavements and parking lots outside a factory, warehouse or office block, certificates of education and references from previous employers ready at hand, waiting patiently for something to happen.
    The usual rumors pass from person to person, this company is said to need people with computer skills, that one needs fork lift truck drivers or perhaps just some day laborers. But then a supervisor will step from the building and shout out that he can offer a day’s work for four people with experience of working a lathe or two with secretarial skills.
    Many step forward, a lucky few are selected at random and make their way inside, then the doors of the building close and the rest drift off to take up station at the next place or to make their long way back home – hopes dashed yet again.
    A national disaster in the making.
    Kenyans in their early twenties, have graduated from universities with a variety of grades in several fields but so far are unable to find work. Their chances are limited as they continue to gamble with their futures. Many will not be employed simply based on their backgrounds and ethnicity.
    It is a story that is all too common. Joblessness among all people of working age is a serious problem in Kenya, but among young people, it is a catastrophe. The country has one of the largest youth populations in Africa, but roughly 70 percent of its working age youth – almost 10 million people – are unemployed, although a surprising number are very well educated and possess the kinds of skills a healthy economy really should be able to put to use.
    Kenyans begging for food subsidies while Government spill billions shuttling around the world to block ICC trials. Use of hunger as a political punishment must cease in Kenya
    Kenyans begging for food subsidies while Government spill billions shuttling around the world to block ICC trials. Use of hunger as a political punishment tool must cease in Kenya
    In a country where almost 80 percent of the population is under the age of 35 some have labelled it a national disaster in the making that may have serious social consequences and lead to civil unrest. For a country that is still recovering from the scars of the widespread community violence that followed the 2007 election and which is still reeling from the aftermath of the Al-Shabaab Westgate mall terrorist attack in September 2013, it is a hint worth taking seriously. It is a demographic event – something that many countries go through at different stages as they move from very high fertility and mortality to very low mortality, it creates a reservoir of people. For Kenya, it will have negative consequences.
    Generally, what makes it a good thing is our ability to harness the economic potential of such a large proportion of young people going into the labour market. There is a side of it, the more negative part of it, which is, if there are no jobs and no opportunities to engage, then you have a lot of young people understanding what is going on but are disenfranchised politically, economically, and in many other ways, and this creates a lot of political instability.
    The stark reality for the young people from the huge slums at Kibera and Mathare and elsewhere around Kenya’s capital is that life without a job is extremely difficult. With no regular income many of them have to turn to crime to make a living. And even if they do not, they are often suspected of involvement in crime, which in turn leads to deadly entanglements with Kenya’s notoriously trigger-happy police.
    We are a generation pushed to the edge by a community. When asked who should be doing what about Kenya’s youth unemployment, the answer is clear. Successive governments in Kenya have done little to ease the plight of the jobless and should be doing more. They should bring us facilities. They should bring us the resources, bring us tools to work on, bring us hope. They should give us something that we can believe in. Start as a foundation. We can create our own things if we only have a foundation to start on. Surely the government can do that.
    Although the government has not been able to create the huge number of jobs necessary, it has tried to help young people help themselves. The Youth Enterprise Development Fund is one of the key programs of this approach, and is giving interest-free loans to youths for business start-ups. The fund can only be accessed by groups of nine or more people. Simon, one of the fund’s district officers, says that they have made loans to 130 groups in his district, with a 70-80 percent success rate. But it is slashed by corrupt government officials and youth end up having nothing but a small drop in the ocean.
    Government is aware that some KDF and Police officers have either joined or collaborated with the Al Shabaab group. Kenyan poor youths are recruited too.
    Government is aware that some KDF and Police officers have either joined or collaborated with the Al Shabaab group. Kenyan poor youths are recruited too.
    Many Kenyans are deeply suspicious of any project run by the authorities, which are widely believed to be infected with the veins of corruption that run through every level of Kenya’s civic life. Transparency International has placed Kenya as the fourth most corrupt country in the world, and many young Kenyans say it affects them every day, even when trying to find a job, and again that politicians are to blame.
    I don’t think the youth have been supported by successive governments in Kenya. Youth have actually been marginalised, neglected and put on the periphery. During campaigns you see a lot of politicians coming out to say ‘we want votes from young people, we value young people, we are going to take into consideration their concerns, and we are going to deal with youth unemployment,’ but once they get into power nothing happens. In fact the government and politicians are actually antagonising young people more – they’re pushing them to positions of desperation.
    A chronic revolution that the authorities seem to be ignoring, is in the making in Kenya. Kenyans have tested a revolution back in 2008 and they saw a success. The government of the day used full force on them while they empowered their own tribe with military equipment which in turn was used to murder hundreds of thousands of Kenyans.
    The government has not yet learned any lessons from post-election violence. Former government spokesman Alfred Mutua thought he was bright by filtering Kenyans phones in search of hate speech – he was wrong. Kenyans are not that stupid, they have zillions of ways to communicate and have their matters sorted and dispatched to good use. Facebook today is no longer a place for love in Kenya, it has been turned into a training camp of hate and subterfuge. I have caught senior police officers from the CID, military police, GSU and other agencies taking on aliases and threatening me. What they do not know is that they already killed me and I have resurrected to haunt them- big time. I am very angry about the treatment I underwent in their hands. I am their walking dead who will haunt them until the country’s leadership is fairly shared and national wealth equally distributed. I am especially furious at those who brutally assaulted me at Limuru forest and dumped me at a morgue presuming I was dead. They must pay. The 1% cannot forcefully rule over the majority and get away with it forever.
    This hospital is instrumental in Government's torture of its opponents. I was tortured here.
    This hospital is instrumental in Government’s torture of its opponents. I was tortured here.
    The common man once used stones, arrows, spears, machetes, home-made guns and other crude equipment against the powerful weapons of security agents. Now, rural Kenyans are equipped with powerful guns which they have kept in store far away from their homes. Some more dangerous elements have received training from Al-Shabaab and are well organized. Kenya’s own security agents have sent jobless youth to Somalia for training. They have come back as lethal as nuclear. They will get their right to live their lives.
    The people who attacked the Westgate Mall may have been confused for Al-Shabaab but that was wrong. Those may have been a group of disgruntled youths, just an arm of a bigger problem that is coming to the door step of the Kenyan government. The haves may pay the price for creating tough environments for the have-nots.

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