Maina Kiai's Column

Maina Kiai's Column

East Africa is saddled with rogue and selfish leaders

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Last week, I witnessed scenes that could have been snatched right out of war documentaries and films from Idi Amin’s Uganda, or Charles Taylor’s/Samuel Doe’s Liberia. I was leaving Kampala after a meeting with regional interfaith leaders on the same day that Bobi Wine was returning home. And I saw a regime at war with its own people; a regime that so despises and belittles its own people that it alone determines who can be welcome, and by whom. When brute force and violence is used in this way, then that is a regime with neither legitimacy nor credibility.  …
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Will those who dug Kenya into this mess stand up?

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It is hard to take President Uhuru Kenyatta seriously when he says we must tighten our belts while he proceeds with business as usual. I am not sure what world he lives in, but leaders are only taken seriously when they lead from the front. He should have first told us how he would be tightening his belt.   Let’s be clear: Mr Kenyatta and William Ruto live courtesy of our taxes. They pay for nothing. We buy the food they eat. We buy the water and other beverages they drink. We pay their electricity and other utility bills. We…
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Police brutality is back, and we should all be afraid

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In yet another blast from the past, two journalists were recently arrested by the policefor interviewing a relative of a man who had been arrested while peacefully protesting the visit of Deputy President William Ruto to Nyeri. These sorts of actions were common in the dark days of Kanu, where efforts were deliberately made to inculcate silence and fear. Journalists walked a fine line lest they fell afoul of the powerful who did not tolerate dissent or disagreement. How can wearing a T-shirt with writing expressing disapproval of Mr Ruto be something that leads to arrest unless it is to sow…
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Hefty taxes will keep Kenya at the bottom of the pile

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For those with longer memories, this past week was playback from the 1990s Kenya, when fuel shortages were the norm because of economic mismanagement. Few scenes depict decay and crisis as thousands of people walking to and from work, as motorists dash around from one petrol station to the next, joining long queues waiting for rationed petrol.   I thought those days were long gone, having gotten used to the better and more efficient economic planning and implementation of the Kibaki era, and especially the days of the Grand Coalition. But alas, this Jubilee regime is scrambling from one economic…
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2022 politics right at the centre of Haji’s graft purge

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Chief Justice David Maraga better be ready for the onslaught that will surely come his way. The opening salvo has just been fired against Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu with her arrest on unclear corruption offences. This could be aimed at intimidating Maraga to make him amenable to the intrigues that aim to make the Judiciary subservient to the Executive, and especially to the faction of Jubilee scrambling to protect their “interests” after 2022. I hold no brief for DCJ Mwilu, but I do know that she, perhaps more than any other judge, was incisive, sharp and direct during the…
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Marvel of this regime is how best it killed our hopes

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I was surprised by how positive much of the commentary on the 40th anniversary of the death of Jomo Kenyatta was. I guess some of that is because of our human trait not to criticise the dead, especially on “their” days. But I also think that part of it is the unspoken comparison between Kenyatta Senior and Junior. And here, the son is a poor shadow of the father—and he knows it—which is why he has publicly blamed the new Constitution for his shortcomings.   Generally inferior, lazy, ineffective or corrupt leaders will blame everything but themselves. But in Kenya…
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