Maina Kiai's Column

Maina Kiai's Column

Central elite in Jubilee should be wary over calls for dictatorship

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The central Kenya part of the Jubilee regime has never hidden its intentions to recreate a dictatorship in Kenya.  These intentions are spurred simply by the wish to loot the country unhindered, run roughshod over dissenters and ensure they rule over us for as long as possible.  All the rhetoric about development being faster and more efficient is simply that — rhetoric.  It is now trying to make its intentions a reality. And there is method to the madness, a template for regimes trying to impose dictatorships.  First they muzzle and intimidate civil society, and plant their loyalists within the…
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In seeking legitimacy, Jubilee is going down the wrong path

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Illegitimate regimes that lose the support or fear of a sizeable part of their society have a whole host of problems but few options.  They can’t wait out the challenges they face, hoping that time will help, and their use of law to punish dissenters always looks like a witch-hunt, no matter what.  It is worse when the regime asks us to obey laws as they disobey court orders with impunity.  For when regimes show that disobeying laws and court orders is okay, then others follow suit, as Kenya Airways is purported to have done with an order to reinstate…
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The struggle for Kenya’s future has been hijacked by tribalists

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It is said that history does not repeat itself, but it sometimes rhymes with the present. We are at a moment that rhymes dramatically with our history from the 1960s.  The big question now — which is exactly the same question we faced at independence — is whether Kenya can unshackle itself from its culture of status quo minority rule that uses brutal, corrupt, predatory and divide-and-rule tactics to maintain a semblance of stability and calm. We will get a sense of the answer to this depending on how January 30 goes, and what follows thereafter. Unfortunately, the main protagonists…
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Ignoring January 30 lessons will be dangerous for Kenya

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Even in a society as deeply polarised as ours, few can deny that the events of January 30 — and after — were momentous. This date will remain one of those that we recall with significance, such as July 7, 1990 (Saba Saba), March 31, 1997 when mass action for a new constitution started, and August 27, 2010, when we inaugurated the current Constitution. There are many takeaways from the 'swearing-in' as we embark on a journey that could determine if Kenya returns to its familiar repressive, corrupt and declining state of the 1980s and 1990s, or if Kenya turns…
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Trump’s snide remark and why Kenya has no problem with it

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A lot has been said and written about Donald Trump’s recent ‘shit-hole’ comment. The Jubilee regime, in a bizarre defence of Mr Trump, has stated that it has no issue with the comment because Kenya was not directly mentioned. That is not surprising given its unspoken views of Kenyans as expressed in the way it kills us extra-judicially and willy-nilly when we protest against it, or when we welcome leaders they do not like at the airport. And if you are poor and accused of even petty theft, your life means nothing to the regime. Any regime that so blatantly steals…
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Without electoral reforms, the 2022 result is already known

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Here is free advice to those seriously contemplating running for the Presidency in 2022. To Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Amason Kingi, Hassan Joho and Gideon Moi: If there is nothing done on electoral justice, uprooting and remaking the IEBC — from staff to commissioners — and ensuring that electoral laws are fair, just and promote competition, you have absolutely no chance.  You will waste time, money and energy for a cause that is already decided. This is not about who has what votes and what sort of coalition you can cobble together. In the current scheme of things, actual numbers…
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