7 Reasons Why Uhuru Kenyatta Might Not Be President in 2017

 

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Kenya’s fourth President Uhuru Kenyatta might not make it in the 2017 elections. Under his leadership, the country has been a global object of ridicule for the following reasons:

  1. Insecurity

During his presidency, the country has been rocked by one terror attack after another. All the way from the Westgate Mall attack, the Mpeketoni attacks, Eastleigh recurrent bombs, Kapedo and Garissa University attacks which claimed the lives of many innocent Kenyans.

In one of online reports that was received with a lot of criticism, CNN called Kenya ‘a hotbed of terror’ and were afraid that POTUS Obama was to make a trip to the country.

 

  1. Wildlife protection gimmicks

Wildlife conservationists are bitter than Uhuru’s government is not keen to protect one of the best tourism attractor in the country. Though he torched the poached rhino and elephants tusks earlier in the year, poaching is still going on.

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  1. Defunct and Toothless Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

If there is one thing that Hon Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has successfully failed in curbing, it is corruption. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has indeed proved to be a toothless dog unable to put behind bars the likes of Josephine Kabura, Eurobond beneficiaries and the Health Scandal perpetrators.

  1. Fight on media

The president has been very proactive in fighting the media houses. Not once has he been quoted stating that Newspapers are only fit for wrapping meat in.

  1. Joblessness

Every year, the country churns thousands and thousands of graduates. They immediately get disappointed once they realize that there are no jobs on offer. They feel embittered that the government is doing little to employ them after wasting so many years in school.

  1. Unfulfilled promises

Towards 2013, the youthful duo, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto traversed the country unleashing their Jubilee Government Manifesto. They promised of better health care, free laptops to class one pupils and improved infrastructure. Three years down the line, they have terribly failed in their scorecard. At the time of this publication, doctors are on strike for poor pay, pupils are yet to receive their promised free laptops while little has been done to improve roads.

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  1. Development lack in Kiambu

Over the years, President Uhuru Kenyatta has somehow forgotten his home turf, Kiambu County. He goes from one county to the other launching development agendas yet forgetting his home county which was so generous to vote him in with the highest percentage in 2013. Kiambu County is bitter and ready to revenge.

James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Appointed US Defence Secretary: Is Donald Trump Appointing Men Of Controversy Like Him?

 

US President elect Donald Trump yesterday named James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as the next United States Defence Secretary in Cincinnati in a move likely to suggest that Donald sides with those who are as reckless as he is. James Mattis, 66 is a Marine Corps who earlier served as the commander of the US Central Command. For his appointment to go through, he will have to get a Congress approval since in early years, the job has been given to diplomats rather than millitants.

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James Mattis has earned himself a reputation as a tough-talking commander who was always bold to go into battles in his years serving in the USA command. He comes in as the second retired general to serve as the States defence secretary. The first was George C Marshall who served in 1950-51 during the Korean war. James Mattis has been described as a ‘defence intellectual’ the president of the Centre for a New American Security, Richard Fontaine. He joined the Marine Corps in 1969 after earning a history degree from Central Washington University.

Known to raise controversy, James Mattis once said to a San Diego forum after the Afghanistan attack, “Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. … It’s fun to shoot some people.”  A year later, Mattis was put under scrutiny for allegedly being part of the Us Marines who slew 24 Iraqis. The Iraqis killed in Haditha included young children and unarmed women and were linked to the bombing of a fellow US Marine.

 

While making the announcement, President-elect Donald Trump, called Mattis with his nickname. “We are going to appoint Mad Dog as our Defence Secretary,” he told the applauding audience in Ohio. “But we’re not announcing it until Monday, so don’t tell anyone. Mad Dog. He is great.”

Hands Up for HIV Prevention

Today marks World Aids Day, a commemoration that has been observed since 1988 as one of the global public health campaigns organized held by World Health Organization. Every year on 1st December, people congregate in different places with a renewed hope and determination of fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Education about abstinence, contraception and use of anti-retroviral treatments is imparted to the masses. Red ribbons are worn as a mark of solidarity in fighting the global pandemic.

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Statistics
HIV/AIDS is undoubtedly a toll on human existence with data showing that over 78 million have been infected since the virus was discovered in the 1980s. 35 million people have died of the pandemic. Though governments, NGOs and organizations have worked hard to sensitize people on HIV/AIDS awareness, statistics show that a lot still needs to be done. Recent evidence show that an estimated 1.9 million adults are infected with the scourge yearly. This translates to 5,700 adults infected daily with the highest percentage being recorded in the Sub Saharan Africa. This surely calls for more education to the masses, embracing of the AIDS ABCs (Abstinence, Be Faithful and Use Condoms).

The Red Ribbon

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The red ribbon, which today is the universal mark for AIDS awareness was the brainchild of 12 artists who met in 1991 with the view to support AIDS victims fight stigma. The red ribbon was inspired by the yellow ribbons tied on trees to show support for the US during the Gulf War. Today, the red ribbon symbol has gained traction and become synonyms to the message, “Beware of HIV/AIDS”.

Exterminating the Corruption Vermin in Kenya: A Responsibility for All

Exterminating the Corruption Vermin in Kenya: A Responsibility for All

It is no longer juicy to read Kenyan newspaper headlines. The narrative is the same. ‘ So and so linked to the NYS scandal’, ‘Governor of this and this county embezzled funds’, ‘So and so involved in the shameful Rio scam’. It is distasteful. Unpalatable. Corruption is no longer shocking in Kenya. In fact, it is the ‘It’ thing. In a survey conducted by the Aga Khan East Africa Institute targeting young Kenyans earlier this year, the researchers found out that young people would steal and engage in underhand methods to get rich and only care not to get caught. Don’t ask where the rain started beating us—you already know that.
What does it mean for the country’s future?

 

Ours is a bleak future. Yes, it sadly is. These young people are being employed into the civil service, as law enforcers, into the county governments while others are vying for political positions. There, they will live what they believe—that corruption is an easy way to riches. All they have to mind is never getting caught. And slowly, Kenya will sink into a man-eat-man society. Although, it already has!



What is my role in the change process?
The buck never stops with the president. Not in the case of the Kenyan corrupt culture. It stops with me. It stops with us. We are the people who will fumigate the corrupt vermin from our midst. We are the people who will make a resounding “No!” If we do not do this, the culture will prosper and gag our necks. Guilt will eat us to the core when we look back and see that we contributed in destroying Kenya with our very own hands.

 

A new generation of the Wangari Maathais is needed. A new generation of the Nelson Mandelas is required in our country. We need more people like Boniface Mwangi who will stand strong and unbounded to speak against the vices happening in the country. Let us be. Let us be that generation.