Maina Kiai's Column

Maina Kiai's Column

Analytica has shown what Jubilee, diplomats stand for

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The exposè by the UK’s Channel 4 on the underhand shenanigans of Cambridge Analytica (CA) was brilliant.  A lot of time has gone into investigating the company that has been involved in election manipulations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Kenya and other countries.  The admissions, on camera, of the company’s role in our elections of 2013 and 2017 were especially interesting. SHEEPISH In early 2017, there were rumours that Jubilee (or the Executive on its behalf) hired had CA to assist it in the elections.  The rumours were denied, but after the Channel 4 exposè, it was gratifying…
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It’s not personal, human rights defenders side with underdogs

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There is this pervasive but false narrative that suggests that people working in human rights and social justice — whether in NGOs, social movements or the media — must always be neutral or balanced in their critiques of violations and in their analyses. That is hogwash. Human rights and social justice is about speaking truth to power, and about understanding the power structures so as to denounce and hold accountable those wielding power.  Human rights, in fact, are about focusing on the underdog and working to turn the power paradigm upside-down. PEACE “Balance” is not about a false equivalency between…
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Opposition shouldn’t take eyes of ultimate goal: A just society

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The Jubilee regime would like nothing better than for the opposition and the angry half of Kenya to focus on 2022, and to see the ongoing commotion in Nasa continue as different individuals turn their attention to 2022. Why? Because preoccupation with tribe, personalities, and whose turn it is to contest in 2022 means we relegate the critical issues of inclusion, and electoral justice and reforms to the periphery. Meaning then that Jubilee can pretend there is normalcy, bolstering its low legitimacy.  Moreover, it can then also focus on its internal wrangles and machinations, which it is unable to do…
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UNDP’s unholy alliance with Jubilee will derail health project

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Despite its massive support from the West, the Jubilee regime’s proclivity for corruption is hampering its 'Big Four' Agenda.  Incidentally, this agenda has had no public participation or consultation; it was purely an edict from the top, part of the strong man approach that President Barack Obama derided in his speech to the African Union in 2015.  So it now seems to be turning to other institutions to front its efforts at fundraising.  These include the United Nations Development Program’s Kenya office, which is fronting the Universal Healthcare agenda as its own, as I unexpectedly learned, using the SDGs as…
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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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