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22 Feb, 5 tweets, 2 min read
Dear Kenyans,
Why isn't @jmueke ever asked about the nearly Sh500m that the Kidero administration spent installing traffic lights and cameras in Nairobi that never worked? He once told @SophiaWanuna the lights were installed sans "synchronisation software" but didn't say why.
The traffic lights also came with 51 cameras that also turned out to be a massive scam. Haven't heard @jmueke asked about those either.
The 51 overpriced cameras mysteriously became 42 but the cost remained the same.
Also important to remember that between the traffic lights, cameras, drums and yellow boxes, the Kidero administration bilked us of over Ksh1 billion under guise of dealing with Nairobi traffic.

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24 Jan
Must say, US media is treading a dangerous path. Like in Kenya, problems in the US electoral system shouldn't be ignored in an effort to impose legitimacy rather than earn it. There's need to audit it, not just tell those who doubt its efficacy to shut up.…
The whole point of elections is legitimacy. When a significant portion of the electorate is convinced they've been stolen (regardless of how true that actually is), then to that extent, the system has failed and there should be a serious effort undertaken to address the failure.
In Kenya, we always see authorities (and media) insisting that those who question electoral outcomes and claim fraud are just sore losers. And it keeps us from fixing problems, keeping government fragile, deepens distrust in the system, and opens the door to violent alternatives.
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#BREAKING After collecting millions of shillings from criminals hoping for amnesty, including his own children, far-white US dictator, Donald "Papa Don" Trump, will issue mass pardons in final act of corruption before fleeing barricaded presidential palace on Defenestration Day.
#BREAKfirst Having outgoing rulers subvert justice through corrupt pardons to friends and family in the days before defenestration is an ancient and treasured American tradition, designed to heal national divisions by safeguarding the democratic principle of elite impunity.
#BREAKING The issuing of pardons also traditionally helps the new regime start on a fresh slate, unburdened by having to prosecute corrupt officials from the former regime, which provides grist for propaganda efforts to portray the US as a compassionate, corruption-free state.
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Question: Is it really true, as this claims, that "Africa imports 80% of its food", a third of it from Europe?……
This puts the monetary value of the continent's food systems at $313b…
President of the African Development Bank says its import bill is $35b

That sounds closer to 10% than it is to 80%.
There's also this which suggests Africa imports of food and agricultural products are at most third more than its imports.…
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Dear Kenyans,
What law establishes the Office if the First Lady? Under what authority does she draw public funds and to whom is she accountable for the expenditure? Does she get a public salary like her predecessor did? Again, under what law?
Oh... And does she still keep ivory in her office?…
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I'm starting to believe the far-right deliberately cultivates this impression of bumbling, laughable incompetence precisely so we don't take them seriously until it is too late. Remember how folks chuckled at Trump riding down an escalator? Not so funny now, is it?
Now everyone is laughing at Rudy's hair dye and at the stupidity of Trump's incompetent coup attempt instead of taking what they are doing seriously. Just as many assumed Trump was bound to fail in 2016 even as he kept forging ahead. They may just be repeating the same error now.
There is no inevitability to Trump's failure. Coups succeed unless they are stopped by those who understand that the folks with the bad hair and terrible slogans are deadly serious about taking, using and keeping power.
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