A Political Lesson To Babu Owino.

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I am just, but a humble Kenyan, a tax payer and a keen observer of my surroundings, at mid-age and still can’t make ends meets due to lack of connections to the people in power and politics. I don’t buy propaganda and am not judgmental although I tend to ask myself fundamental questions on where the country is headed.

The fundamental questions today are. What happened to people’s faith in democracy and how long will we take before we can go back to the right track? Until recently, the decomposition of Kenya state institutions has been blamed on corruption, but we must now recognise that the problem goes well beyond this. Corruption and state capture, Corruption tends to be an individual action that occurs in exceptional cases, facilitated by a loose network of corrupt players. It is somewhat informally organised, fragmented and opportunistic. Whereas state capture, is systemic and well-organised by people with established relations. It involves repeated transactions, often on an increasing scale.

The focus is not on small-scale looting, but on accessing and redirecting rents away from their intended targets into private hands. To succeed, this needs high-level political protection, including from law enforcement agencies, intense loyalty and a climate of fear; and competitors need to be eliminated. The aim is not to bypass rules to get away with corrupt behaviour. That is, the term corruption obscures the politics that frequently informs these processes, treating it as a moral or cultural pathology. Yet, corruption, as is often the case in Kenya, is frequently the result of a political conviction that the formal ‘rules of the game’ are rigged against specific constituencies and that it is therefore legitimate to break them.

Has it just became fashionable to keep shifting the media from one end  to another, to keep them running from one politician to another while they forget the real issues that are faced by the poor tribe of the country while the rich tribe rubbish them and point out it’s their mistakes that they don’t work hard to earn.  The moment Babu Owino went as far as pushing the returning office during the August 8th elections in whatever manner he became corrupt. And thus I wish to remind him the meaning of the obvious vocabulary. Corruption normally refers to a condition where public officials pursue private ends using public means. While corruption is widespread at all levels and is undermining development, state capture is a far greater, systemic threat. It is akin to a silent coup and must, therefore, be understood as a political project that is given a cover of legitimacy by the vision of radical economic transformation.  And this is what Babu Owino should be afraid of.

When the judicial and in this case the highest court in the land nullified the re-election of one Uhuru Kenyatta did it not occur in our minds that numbers never mattered anymore. In short, instead of becoming a new country that followed the rule of law we disintegrated to a village of noise makers who have no policy consensus, no constitution and radical economic transformation has been turned into an ideological football kicked around by factional political players within the NASA and the Alliance in general who use the term to mean very different things.

Looking back, since 1994 there has never been an economic policy framework that has enjoyed the full support of all stakeholders. A new economic consensus would be a detailed programme of radical economic transformation achieved within the constitutional, legislative and governance framework. The focus must be a wide range of employment- and livelihood-creating investments rather than a few ‘big and shiny’ capital-intensive infrastructure projects that reinforce the political agenda of the regime of the day. This can well be answering the questions why in the year 2018 a country with so much untouched waters bodies cannot provide its citizens clean drinking water.

For this to happen, an atmosphere of trust conducive for innovation-oriented partnerships between business, government, knowledge institutions and social enterprises is urgently required. None of this is achievable in current situation where when justice is served in any case the talk our on media is the propaganda pushing the case behind the political affiliations, however, until the shadow state is dismantled and the key perpetrators of state capture brought to justice.

We must understand the politics of the power elite around Uhuru in this context. The political party he heads is ideologically committed to radical economic transformation, which is to be achieved in part by using government’s procurement spend to favour certain businesses. This, in turn, is the cornerstone of a strategy to displace the traditional corporates who have hitherto done little to increase gross domestic fixed investment. However, this ideology masks the repurposing of state institutions to enrich a narrow power elite, that’s why you will find the old guards aligning themselves with opposition.

In my own view,,,   to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination,,, to build a society in which all Kenyans, both rich and poor, the only tribe that actually exists in the country today, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world must be forged ahead based on both good governance policy and political good will with the view of all Kenyans at heart.

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