8,300 Kenyans own the same amount of wealth as the rest of us.

Let that sink in.

And these wealthy get tax exemptions, still our taxes, take loans for Kenyans to pay and then steal those too as we pay back the loans.

Let that sink in.
And then using the money they steal from us, they buy and compromise the media and the church, they conduct election campaigns, they pay foreigners to brainwash and polarize with lies, and then they get themselves "elected."

And the game of 8,300 vs 49,991,700 starts again.
So the one thing the 8,300 won't let us talk about is wealth. They fill the public space with noise. Kieleweke, tangatanga, Embrace, referendum, Competency-based curriculum, huduma namba, corruption court cases with no convictions...

Anything so we dont talk about the 0.1%.
The 0.1%, and the press and the church in the pocket of the 0.1%, mute the campaigns for economic justice: #thebigwhitelie, #deCOALonize, #SwitchoffKPLC, #unemploymentdisasterKE, #resisthudumanamba
So we know more about BBI and referendum nanzenz more than we know about these.
That is the context of #competencybasedcurriculum #cbcconference2019. The education system has been traumatized, and so teachers (the largest unionized workforce) and parents are preoccupied with protecting kids from being harmed for life by the system. Classic #shockdoctrine
The children of Kenya have been sacrificed so that the 0.1% can continue distracting us from the fact that


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Aug 18
Tribalism is a narrative for manufacturing consent. It is a narrative designed to exclude class, history, economics and other issues from elections, and to make people accept the political incoherence and manipulation by imperialism. #decolonizeelections
Meaning that once we accept that ALL Kenyans vote on tribalism ONLY, we accept a very narrow politics with all its contradictions. Politics becomes toxic because people are unable to politically organize on other issues, and they are sabotaged when they do. #decolonizeelections
The same tribal formula is in the US and the UK. The US is infamous for using race and identity for enforcing its toxic two horse race. Bernie Sanders was vilified by the Democrats and Pelosi rebuked The Squad (kina AOC) for spoiling the racial algorithms
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Aug 15
In a few days, UK will have had 4 prime ministers in the last 6 years, prime minister and a divisive referendum. US regulates campaign spending, but their 2020 elections were also chaotic.

Our chaotic elections can't be solved by a premiership or caps on campaign spending.
We have to look at what unites elections in UK, US and Kenya: their two horse races. The 3 countries engineer their elections to undermine alternative parties, their media houses which participate in that farce are owned by billionaires.
The 3 countries have pushed the two parties to the right of the center, weaponized class dissatisfaction for electoral victory, and crushed parties and blocked candidates at the center or left of the center. That narrow spectrum fixes elections on identity and high emotion.
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Aug 15
.@m_ogada mentioned in one of our conversations that we rally need to rethink the role of traditional rulers in colonialism.

Case in point.
One Ghanaian then asked "how can you enstool someone who enslaved you?"

The French ambassador responded, and the conversation descended into chaos. @m_ogada
Colonial power and traditional African leadership are locked in an entanglement that has proved very difficult to dislodge. Conservation in Kenya uses the same tactics.

That's why Fanon warned us that tradition is no substitute for political consciousness.
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Jul 20
I noticed the futility of Kenya Kwanza vs Azimio debates during the Ndii-Ongwen one. Azimio accuses Kenya Kwanza of having done a bad job when in GoK, Kenya Kwanza reminds Azimio that they are now in bed with that GoK. So we end up with what we got jana: a debate about Muigai.
Ruto and Raila are two sides of the same Muigai government. One is the past, the other is the future. Karua said jana that the debate is about whom you trust, but really, it's about who you think will do you less harm and who will harm your enemy more.
I don't know where these good looking journalists sit when they decide that putting the candidates on the spot about what they've done wrong even scratches the surface of that fundamental problem. The problem is Muigai and the system of madharau and mediocrity he unleashed.
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Jul 18
Markets are not synonymous with capitalism. There have been markets for millennia before capitalism showed up. Capitalism uses states to rig markets and consolidate them to form The Market, which is theodician. Like God.
That's a philosophical detail that probably doesn't matter in this election. But the fact that the @SpiceFMKE journalists are asking questions based on Cold War economic definitions shows that the elite are Kenya's biggest problem. It's been 30 years since, surely.
It also means that while we have seen the rigging of Kenya, where the 3% play by different rules than the 97%, Kenya is still a long way from having a political consciousness that asks different questions about life, work, health and dignity.
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Jul 17
This government cannot reform. It is rooted in the exploitation by British civil servants. It has grown in a culture of heartlessness and cannibalism.

Now that we have a constitution, we need to start a national conversation on a system of governance designed by we the people.
We need a charter based on Ubuntu, not Western human rights. Human rights are individualist and are about protecting the individual from the excess of the state. Western human rights give capital the space to destroy and abuse as long as no one proves their rights were violated.
Ubuntu, on the other hand, recognizes that we are not okay if others are suffering. Ubuntu demands decisions made by the people for the people, not electing representatives who do what they want once they have won some rigged game conducted in secret.
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