Technology and its Faults

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Poetry Korna

I make my living from technology. Infact, I am an avid beleiver in tecnology being an enabler and not behaviour changer. Especially when this behaviour is at the detriment of human interaction. I will write more on this.

In the meantime, please enjoy Prince EA spoken word which captures the faults of Technology:

What Defines our Democracy?

Posted: August 8, 2014 in Kenya

Today, I came across a picture depicting African Presidents who have ruled for over 20 years and quite predictably everyone was like they should all go. I wanted to challenge a few of them as to why these Presidents should step down and the only thing I got is that they have ruled for too long. This really surprises me that a longevity in power forms our basis of political engagement or discord as opposed to issues. I would have expected one of my friends to point out that since person X became President, the standards of health care have improved or not, employment has been sorted or not. Essentially what I am saying is we need to move from the fact of these person needs to go because they have been in power for too long and they need to vacate because of what they have not been able to achieve. My fellow Africans, what do we measure our politicians to? I mean if we were to take a country like a social company, what would you like a leader who achieves and allows your aspirations be achieved or a leader who really gives good inspirational talks but nothing happens? How is that good tug on your heart going to prevent that person from robbing you?

The thing we need to realise is that the drafters of Democracy themselves have ensured that we get obsessed with term limits, openness of speech among other aspects of what “freedom” is. One thing is that these individuals are primarily monarchies and if the person who wants to lead i.e. potential prime ministers need the backing of the royal families and then the population is given the impression that hey we participated and chose him or her. Democracy at work. Within Africa most of our countries are barely a century old after gaining independence. Immediately after this we have to embrace this openness of speech and choice at the expense of the correct social structures that can afford every citizen an honest and decent chance to make it in the path they choose in life. I must say the industry that we excel in, is Politics and we are always searching for the political Canaan. This does not make sense to me when we cannot feed ourselves, have to beg for money to deal with diseases, famine, build our own roads and part our backs that we are thriving democracies.

I ask you what would you prefer, a strong man / woman who has created order and an environment where your dream and aspirations can come to fruition or a circus of where we rotate choice leaders after unsustainable periods?

I leave you with this quote from the Late Thomas Sankara: “’Where is imperialism?” Look at your plates when you eat. These imported grains of rice, corn, and millet – that is imperialism.”

 

NP: Jah Cure – Jah Children Wake up – https://www.youtube.com/Y7X8leV59DQ

Kenyans – Wenye Inchi

Posted: May 16, 2012 in Kenya

A NOTE TO ALL KENYANS:WENYE NCHI. 


TAKE A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME N READ THIS….
RAILA AMOLO,WILLLIAM RUTO, MUSALIA MUDAVADI,UHURU KENYATTA,PETER KENNETH,MARTHA KARUA,PROF OLE KIYIAPI,KALONZO MUSYOKA,RAPHAEL TUJU,MUTAVA MUSYIMI,GEORGE SAITOTI

They have the following in common

  • they are millionaires.
  • they are famous
  • have no IDPs among their family members
  • they are on a fat pay cheque
  • their security is guaranteed
  • their health is highly insured
  • they drive big cars.
  • they live in posh neighborhoods
  • never get affected by arbitral matatu hikes wen it rains.
  • never queue at KNH for near nil medical services.
  • their kids go to the best schools abroad.
  • when they call for a public demo,their wives and kids never participate but are well secured behind a cricket oval.
  • they dont wait for munyes or atwoli to announce to a 13% salary increment once a year whereas inflation is at all times more than 15%.theirs is automatic will.
  • they all hold diplomatic passports incase things in kenya become hot.
  • they have a special human right called political right.
  • their families never sleep hungry.
  • they never get affected by floods.they have an option of many homes or can even fly out.
  • they are never affected by demolitions.
  • when in trouble,their tribe come to their rescue.

The list is endless…
The only common thing we have with them is our national I.Ds.


Now before you think of fighting your neighbor in the name of defending them take a look at your I.D.that is who you are and that is where you came from unless you lied about it. Only God knows where you are headed next.
LUO’S the only connection u have with ogingas family is maybe you walked along oginga odinga street today hussling for a job or maybe you were in a kanjos van arrested for hawking,spitting,sneezing aloud,walking aimlessly ama masaa ya mututho.
KIKUYUS the only connection you have with Kenyattas family is maybe you walked along Kenyatta avenue,mama ngina, you were admitted or born at KNH,you trspassed via KICC,or JKIA, went to kenyatta high school or K.U,or maybe you were broke couldnt afford lunch and opted for 200 ml brookside milk for lunch.you are financially close to them by making them richer.
For kalenjins,merus,embus,luhyas,maasais and the rest ,the only connection you have with your so called choice is you may have watched them on tv as they belch strategizing on how to cash your hard earned cash or their helicopters may have disturbed ur lunch break-hunger-slumber under a tree.
Sisi ndio wenye nchi and we should protect our fellow wenye nchi who we share so much in common.let us remain united as Kenyans.
pass the word across.

Feel free to copy and paste on your Wall. Spread the Word

Kudos from: http://ciruzgroove.wordpress.com/ The Author

Dictionary.com defines a bribe as anything given or serving to persuade or induce. Well our society is replete with these examples and we have  even created an institution to be able to deal with corruption. The so called Anti Corruption Authority. Is this malaise so bad that we have to actually create an institution to deal with it?

However, before I digress (useless institutions and mechanisms that keep us on the path to self destruction), the main reason for this article is why are we afflicted by poor services: Bribery.

When an individual bids to provide a service, certain non existent road blocks are raised. In order for the person to get the bid in their favor, certain inducements have to be offered. Should the person be successful, the have this feeling that they “deserve it” and hence they are able to deliver the service according to their “whims”. This leaves the contractor in a precarious situation because they cannot enforce terms of the contract for the service provision due to the fear of exposure of the underhand dealings.

As a populace we are daily being subjected to mediocre service, due to the above scenario. However, we are not all angels when it comes to this. When you are driving, many of us ignore the highway code and its because we know there will be no consequences as we can sort out the officer of the law (who in most instances is a willing participant).

This creates situations where everything we do and we expect to be done is second rate. Why should one prepare for anything with the additional 10 percent to ensure that what is your right is fulfilled? I believe in order for our country to succeed, we need to eliminate this dependence of pat my back I pat yours. We need to demand our right for excellent service and I believe, even without the natural resources that we have recently discovered we can excel in the global stage.

Impossible: I do not think so. One needs to look at Singapore and realise that we do not need to have any natural resources to succeed. Look at the statistics below for Electricity:

Electricity – production: 41.137.7 billion kWh (2007)

Electricity – production by source:
fossil fuel: 100%
hydro: 0%
nuclear: 0%
other: 0% (1998)

Electricity – consumption: 37.420.3 billion kWh (2007)

Electricity – exports: 0 kWh (2007)

Electricity – imports: 0 kWh (2007)

The port of Singapore GDP alone is much bigger that East Africa’s combined. Why is this the case:  Efficiency and No Bribery. Kenya is blessed to have a port that is at the major shipping lanes of the world. Mombasa and in the near future Lamu?

The port of Mombasa alone can drive the economies of East Africa, without even us touching the natural resources. Now let me ask you what is the problem?

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

Emulating Thomas Sankara

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Kenya

ON OCTOBER 15 1987 Thomas Sankara and his comrades were assassinated. That day the world suffered an irreplaceable loss.
Who was Thomas Sankara I know most of you are wondering?
Well Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (December 21, 1949 – October 15, 1987) was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, Pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.[1][2] Viewed as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara. He is referred to as the upright man and this is what he managed to achieve in Burkina Faso:

Sankara the visionary demonstrated that only the people can change their circumstances with the support of a pro-people government that is committed to serving the majority, not the political and business elites.

In the mid-1980s Sankara already insisted that women’s liberation was key to the liberation of all.

He followed this up with practical steps to end women’s oppression, including outlawing polygamy, forced marriages (ukuthwala), the genital mutilation of women (harmful and degrading rites of passage) and was the first to make sure women were promoted to roles that were traditionally reserved for men

Can our leaders in power and outside of power take a lesson from Sankra? The Wikipedia shows that Sankara did the following:

“He sold off the government fleet of Mercedes cars and made the Renault 5 (the cheapest car sold in Burkina Faso at that time) the official service car of ministers.

He reduced the salaries of all public servants, including his own, and stopped the use of government chauffeurs and first class airline tickets.

He redistributed land from the rich and gave it directly to the peasants. Wheat production rose in just three years from 1700kg a hectare to 3800kg a hectare, making the country food self-sufficient over a mere three years.

Sankara opposed foreign aid, saying “he who feeds you, controls you”.

He converted the army’s provisioning store into a state-owned supermarket open to everyone (the first supermarket in the country).

He forced civil servants to pay one month’s salary to public projects.

He refused to use the air conditioning in his office on the grounds that such luxury was only available to a handful of Burkinabés.

As president he lowered his salary drastically and limited his possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, a fridge and a broken freezer.

Right now, our country is in a deep political, economic, agricultural and moral crises. He manged to attain food security in a mere three years

Our intellectuals don’t know how to think outside the dominant ideas that cause suffering and exclusion. It’s time to look at the example of Sankara, to be inspired by it and trust in the people again. The time of politicians is over!

Well he passed on after being assasinated. Please how that came about and look at Burkina Faso now.

Frustrations of Destiny

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Random Thots

God Knew all of us before we were even formed in our mothers womb (Jeremiah 1:5). Even Bifwoli Wakwoli once said this in parliament during the debate for the abortion clause on the Constitution. This means that we were all born for a purpose and we are meant to fulfill and have a rewarding life with God at the center of course. So what happens in life when you even think about it there is only one prize, Number one; Gold, silver and bronze are mere consolation prizes. Psalms 22:14.

In our quest, we are faced with 5 Frustrations of Destiny:

God’s Timing

When we are on the course of realizing our destiny, stuff comes and then you wonder and start questioning God. Think about it, a new promotion and the way to get it you have to sleep with the Boss, you have hooked up with someone you are really into then they are not saved.
Faith Factor
Have you ever thought about what makes you hold onto the promise of tomorrow? This is entirely based on faith. Those starting families you have faith that you will have a great family in the coming years; When you are in a new job depending on your ambitions, you have faith you will sit on the CEO’s seat. This drives us to achieve, however in our quest we meet obstacles and this question our faith. The frustration here is usually keeping the faith in the midst of all circumstances. Imagine the Israelites, took 40 years to get to Canaan. I am sure well know of the things they got involved in due to these frustrations; the golden calf, immorality, idolatry among others.

People assigned to your Destiny

In our walk of destiny, we have people assigned to us. These are our friends, family, colleagues. These are the ones who can really frustrate you. How many of us have ever got such statements, like you will not be able to do it?  You want to start that, it has never been done what makes you think you will succeed, you want to marry who….. do you even know him / her and what you are getting into? Remember for Moses he was assigned Aaron yet he was the one who even assisted the Israelites to make the golden calf (Exodus 32:7)

Irritation of Failure
How many of us get frustrated when we fail or even the prospect of failure. I know I do especially since sometimes I border on perfection. However, this is one of the obstacles that come in our way to achieve our destinies. Remember Moses he was so frustrated by the Israelite s incessant complains that when God asked him to speak to the rock for water, he struck it instead. Due to this he did not get to see the Promised Land.

Being Assumed
We have all been there, where no one takes our opinions where people think we are small, even when bosses take our ideas and people even doubt your potential.

Please note that when you are on your path to greatness, all these obstacles will come through. Remember the story of Job, the devil was given permission to test him. My friend once  told me that when the ride is smooth you are probably  on the same path as the devil. Your walk to reaching your destiny and achieving greatness will be fraught with challenges.

So what are your frustrations?

Playlist: Psalms 23 Buju Banton and Gramps Morgan