By Chepsoi Cornelius
Many Kenyans by now agree that we are headed for an economic collapse. The harsh reality will hit all of us like a thunderbolt. The sad part is that there are some in our midst who still want to bury their heads in the sand and hold on to the hope that Kenya will turn around by some miracle.
This country that is touted to be highly religious is now faced with the reality that not even their so called religious leaders – the supposed moral compass – are worth their robes. Many a charlatan cloak themselves in the divine including faking miracles to extort society. Mama Rosa was ‘resurrected’ from the dead and the practice has been borrowed elsewhere in the continent with folks being ‘woken up’ from the dead mouths agape in South Africa.
Before I can delve on economic issues and failed management of Kenya, I would like to first rebuke the religious charlatans that have gone to bed with the Lords of impunity as is the case of EKEZA Sacco and it’s collapse thanks to one ‘Prophet’ Gakuyo and his prosperity sermons. Church is now officially the den of thieves.
Just last week there was a show on one of the local TV stations in which one Pastor/Bishop Mureithi defended the collection of money irrespective of the source. He was quick to point out that it was not his duty to identify the source and that the police should do their job. For his greed, money laundering and heretic teachings, I hope one day the DCI goes after him like a plague.
What’s a a society to do with this charlatans? I will say this to religious folks, Gods intention was not for you to worship your pastor like the idiot you have become. For one, you should read the Bible and be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11. You follow Prophet (for that’s what he calls himself) David Owuor the man who mocks you and laughs with each crusade you attend. You give to your “Dad and Mum” and invest in heaven as they say, and yet they invest your tithes for themselves in the here and now. Carl Marx was right,religion is indeed the opium of the masses!
It is not in my place to point a finger at the so called man of God but surely with all the flashy cars, police escorts and the twitter defenders, you should be able to see that he is a man of Gold and not God. Who and what does he exactly represent?
Dr Owuor is not alone and we all know it. If your pastor’s sermons center on wealth, blessings, rich husbands and all other worldly obsessions while deliberately avoiding the “seek yee first the kingdom,” you do not need to be reminded it is time to leave.
To all the churches and the known adversaries of the truth that take money from the poor and gullible public, you will become firewood in hell. Those of you who use the pulpit to steal from the poor and the unsuspecting public your day is coming. Those of you who reserve special seats for the politicians seeking to be seen in church so they can post on tweeter as though we would forgive them for the economic robbery please know we are no longer gullible nor fearful of calling you out.
The week in focus
So this week we all woke up to the horrifying reality of thuggery in Kenyatta’s government and unmitigated state capture. I deliberately use the term Kenyatta’s government because he uses it himself to remind us of the power he wields. The Italian company making news in all media is threatening to dwarf all previous economic heists combined in just one move. Three dams, three Cabinet Secretaries, three counties, 91 billion, and one man in focus. Before I continue I need to remind you that I was a political candidate for senate in Elgeyo Marakwet where two of the dams named as conduits for corruption are domiciled. So it should come to you as no surprise that I am writing about this. The thought that the people named in the heist are sons of the same county is not only distasteful but outright sickening.
KVDA a moribund institution for the years it has existed , has risen from the dead to rob us of billions and our dignity. This institution that has not implemented anything worth mentioning since Turkwel, is now the talk of Kenya. The lack of market for corn, the collapse of pyrethrum industry, the death of the milk industry is more than enough trouble for the north rift citizens to bear. All we ask is to be allowed to suffer in peace. Is that too much to ask?
I pity The Kalenjin pundits. Those who always want to speak as though having ‘one of their own’ in government was ever enough. You have the DP, 3 CS’s, CEOs, PSs, Directors, Leader of Majority, and many other posts. That has not paid for your corn, subsidised your farm inputs, build you factories for your own produce and neither has it changed the CRA formula to reflect your woes.
The jubilee crusaders tell you to diversify when they actually mean plant Avocado as a panacea to farming troubles when it really is their duty to protect you. How do you abandon a crop whose expertise you have developed for years in favour of the unknown? If as a community we can’t deal with a crop that stays in our granaries for two years undamaged, how will we manage a ripe avocado that won’t last two days?
Have you stopped to ask yourself why these crusaders haven’t bothered to demand that you get paid for your corn and your shares in the defunct KCC? Under Moi KCC was systematically killed so one family could take over the industry. The rest as they say is history. When is the misery going to end?
Call me a doomsday prophet but you answer lies in self emancipation. A realisation that no one steals on your behalf but for him/herself. A realisation that poverty is not borne out of a curse but mostly bad choices including political choices. So before your MPs come out with guns blazing with mtu wetu nonsense ask yourself, were your expectations met? Did you share in the loot? Did he speak out on your behalf when you could not afford medicare, school fees, farm inputs etc? Let everyone carry their own cross just the way we have shouldered our own woes.
When the dust settles and believe me it will, we must still hold Uhuru Muigai the son of Johnstone Ngegi Muigai, nicknamed Kenyatta, 4th president of the republic of Kenya, responsible for corruption, economic downturn and the trans-generational loans that has and continues to bequeath our children and grand children. But remember “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices”(George Orwell).
Mr President you need to reboot if you are to achieve anything worth remembering. Send your cabinet and principal assistants packing or face the wrath of an increasingly pissed society. While at it remind Amina that the youth will always remember her ‘jail-for-cash’ comments and the no-help-from-HELB remarks. Tell Balala to go to hell like he once told us on national TV.
As for Matiangi, one thing is clear, he will trade places with Miguna Miguna should Kenyans continue to clamor for his return and I see the cloud slowly building up on tweeter.
As for JKIA/KQ deal please remind …No, tell the masterminds of that bizarre deal that we will come after them like a bloodhound. Wembe ni ule ule.
The writer is a Political Analyst, 2017 senate candidate and former Chairman of Eldoret Water and Sanitation Company