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A New Chapter In Kenya’s History

It was the other day that it actually drawn to me that another chapter of Kenyan history is being written.  I was going through my personal stuff when i come across a Kenyan flag i had bought at Uhuru park during the promulgation of the new constitution, i was there when it all started.

The day was a Friday27/08/2010, the weather was perfect for such a glorious occasion, God of all creations  was truly with us that day, to bless this our land and nation. The joyous face of our chief of general staff Major Gen. Kiaga, represented the feeling that was being shared across the great historical grounds. The 21 gun salute  was like a beautiful patriotic harmony shaking every Kenyan to a new awakening. The military parade was colorful but i guess its about time we come up with something better to replace the Traditional dancers and this so called university’s choir, we should let them come to national celebrations in their personal capacity like everybody else. And, for the shake of our national pride never again call local musicians to any national occasion of such importance.

The other thing is this obsession with being too religious, can someone tell me why we need a Masai elder, a bishop, a cardinal, an Imam and a pastor to pray for one gathering. It was a shame to see those men of cloth being booed by people desperate to have a new law. In my personal opinion, the words in our national anthem are a very powerful prayer that will Keep Kenya prospering for ages to come, [unless the members of parliament want to change them].

The guest’s list was the most interesting part that carried the day,President Museveni is my hero but on that day i was shouting on top of my lungs asking him to hand back an island somewhere in lake Victoria, but it was all in a celebration mood, he would rather keep Migigo before some employer decide to post me there as a correspondent,  i have this sea phobia that has seen me avoid coast vacations with my kids.

The ex-soldier turned president; Mr. Paul Kagame of Rwanda was also in attendance in his trade mark spectacles, I used to think that people are thin because of lack of enough food,but i don’t think this guy is starving. maybe he has low appetite but whatever , his presence graced the VIP dais.

Also in attendance were this two leaders i can’t tell their difference, I used to think back from my primary school days that Zanzibar was the Mombasa of Tanzania; but on that day, there was a leader for the Bongo land and another for the Swahili nation.

Finally, there was this other guy who gives the  ICC prosecutor Moreno Ocampo sleepless nights, President of Sudan El-Bashir  come like a fighter he truly is and his presence at the grounds just proofed to Kenyans how powerful this new set of laws truly is.

The circus ended when  president Kibaki took the podium, i was watching his face on the big screen as he took the oath of office and believe me when i say, this man was not mincing his words, He meant every word that come out of his mouth. He swore by the almighty God to protect the new constitution and he is doing exactly that, The likes of the former minister for higher education, ex-Nairobi mayor, and the water minister are going to find it very different this time round.

As for my good friends the traffic cops, who order their Juniors to crackdown on our investments, your days are numbered. This man for central Kenya is not going to seat back and let you spoil his good reputation. January is just around the corner, We in the transport sector are willing to change, Are you?

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Matatu matters

 

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Lack of spiritual leadership is to blame

Spiritual vacuum is to blame for majority of the problems affecting most Kenyans and i believe majority of Africans .We are like a continent walking and working in the dark.  How did i come to such a conclusion? –well, let me explain:

In a book titledExploring your unconscious mind the writer tells of a young man who had nothing but bad lack, he had failed in three attempts to start a business, been divorced twice, have had two children born with handicap,and generally had every reason to indeed think that some devil-or a negative spirit was accompanying him throughout life:

Does the story sound anything close to someone you know? I bet.  In my career as a public transporter; aka, matatu driver, I’m left with no option when it comes to getting the latest news , one of the reasons is that i have a radio fitted in my office cum dashboard and its part of my job to entertain my passengers costumers with it. It’s always, Classic FM in the morning; Easy FM for midday and early afternoon, and then Busted with Ciku in the evening traffic.I also buy  copies of Daily nation and Nairobi star for my customers.

In the past one week alone,i have listened to two, very disturbing episodes that were aired live on radio.  It started with Maina and Kinyangi in the breakfast show,{by the way this show is a must, passengers don’t request they demand for it } there was this lady called Mwende who called the Radio station and confessed of having put her ex-boyfriend on …pause, hold, sleep or what do you call that? i don’t know, but this poor fellow has zero control when it comes to pale-pale; Wao, that is one of the worst thing that can befall a man especially if he is childless.

Before i had recovered from that shock, –Ciku- was on the air, She was calling some guy who claims to talks to the departed souls;  Guess what she wanted to find out from the dead guy?- She wanted to  bust whatever this total stranger had busted from ATM machines before he was busted busting one.

This is the shocking truth that we live with; unlike the brave faces we put out there for publicity,majority of us have burdens that we have lived with and will continue to carry for years to come. I know many of my work-mates, who carry funny stuff stashed somewhere safe either in their wallets or sewn with stitches to their uniforms.This funny stuff or whatever its called is supposed to bring them good luck and do many other things including,pulling customers, making them forget their change,blinding the traffic cops, among other things.

It is tragically interesting that, this  madness is based upon systems of logic which does not offer solutions but only propel many away from and not as presumed toward a better life. Our church leaders who we had depended on for many years have also joined  the same bandwagon . It’s now common even on TV to see pastors dishing out{selling} hanks, clay pots inscribed with biblical quotes, rags, paintings and bottled drinking water. They teach the believers to give this Idols religious meanings .  Our Muslim brothers have not spared the deteriorating Christians, they have set up public forums where they have pitched camps and puncture holes in the New Testament books written by Paul and so, raising many questions in the minds of many as to the sacredness of the bible.

According to B.Frank Foster; the author of Exploring your unconscious mind– This has similarity to Newton’s law of Inertia; We are a body moving in the wrong  direction as far as spirituality is concerned and we will continue  do so until intercepted by a greater force; It will take a major regenerative experience to alter this course that have become the noun in almost every traditional African community. Or, as Jesus had put it to Nicodemus in John chapter three; we need to be born again.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Spiritual wisdom

 

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IS THERE A WRITER IN ME?…..

Something are not supposed to go together or maybe its me who don’t get it. i am reading  the second page of my favorite paper, i call it the weekly magazine {that’s because it takes me a full week to finally let the Sunday paper rest, that’s the much a matatu driver can manage working fifteen hours everyday. Eight hours in traffic jam, two at the garage two in police custody and another two negotiating with illegal tax collectors.
I am talking about this two articles appearing on the same page.the main story is a very sad one and am as mad as most Kenyans are with our honorable government for doing little about the I.D.P;s.I am not so very mad because i have not done a thing myself for them since the violence ended years ago, so i join my fellow Kenyans in blaming the government. i hope the P.M and the president will also join us in blaming the government for not doing enough for the IDP;s.
The other article appearing on the same page after blaming our honorable government is what caught my attention and i know it has also caught the  eyes of my beloved wife, i can even imagine how she will great me when i get home.”Hey honey,guess what they are looking for the next Wahome Mutahi,” Then i will pretend i don’t know what she is saying and say something like “Kwani, how many were there? i heard the guy is past tense” And then she will honestly tell me “No honey,they are looking for a writer like him,” Then i will ask “And what has that got to do with me?” That will be the end of that topic,her last words will sound like “Yanii hii kazi ya matatu nikama kurogwa mlirogwa,ama nikuzoeya pesa ya kila siku?.“what she will be saying is that, i don’t believe i can be anything else apart from a matatu driver.probably she might be right, i should give it a try, but supposing i get the job and have to write something every Sunday for  millions who  read the paper locally and millions accessing it though the web?, then, that means everybody will know about my secret life,i will write about my days in school,My wife will know i pay child support for two other children apart from those at home, my mother in-law will know that i love her daughter so much that she should just move in with us and we live >happily< ever after, All my ex-‘s will know am planning  a wedding and they will start planing how to include all media houses in the now famous wedding breaking party. But it may as well serve as an opportunity to show my boss am better than him,
The only secret i got to hold to my heart is my relationship with the western union. I made a solemn promise to her {my former girlfriend} that i will never disclose it to anybody. she made me swear by the exchange rate at the fore x exchange desk at the airport [when she left to start a six years contract in Dutch land] that i will always go to western union every month in remembrance of her,she has always kept her promise am planning on sending her a text message that reads, i  am not a catholic father and neither are you a nun. i know she must have found a rich white old man,  why else would she send me money every month? not unless its not hers. she never used to give me any and yet she had a good pay job here.
On the other hand somebody out there would want to know what goes on in the life of a matatu driver. We all know them to do the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong place to the wrong persons.But since not so many Kenyans own cars we still need them to get to our better jobs everyday.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2010 in Matatu matters

 

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