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Unravelling the Moi 'Ghost'..ukweli unajitenga

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    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    THE GENIUS AND MADNESS OF FORMER PRESIDENT MOI
    By Miguna Miguna*

    December 19, 2009

    For a former bare-feet goat herder and son of poor peasants to have risen from rags to become the president of Kenya in a short period of 15 years, Daniel Toroitich arap Moi was either a genius or a beneficiary of the most intricate historical conspiracy of all times.

    For starters, Moi never went beyond the colonial grade four. That is not the stage in any educational system where anyone learns about theories, principles or political philosophies. At grade four, they do not teach human psychology or social order. In fact, going by my own experience in rural Kenya, they didn't even start teaching English properly until grade six. Even in today's virtual age of technology and communications, grade four pupils can hardly comprehend how the world works. So, the fact that Moi can scatter comprehensible English syllables is a feet to marvel.

    This is particularly the case when one considers that Moi was an elementary school teacher in the Rift Valley before joining politics. And coming from a tiny Tugen community, Moi shouldn't have had a fighting chance even within the wider Kalenjin communities. After all, at one time or the other, he had able challengers from the Kalenjin communities with solid educational backgrounds like Jean Marie Seroney and Dr. Taita Towett.

    The climb was sharp and steep. It was also difficult and tortuous. Moi started off as a Kenya African Democratic Union (Kadu) politician. Unlike the nationalist Kanu, Kadu was financed and used by the British colonialists as a means to undermine the independence movement. Kadu purported to represent "smaller" communities in Kenya; those who "feared" that the bigger communities like the Luo and Kikuyu would dominate them if self-governance was achieved by Africans.

    After political independence, Moi lingered on in Kadu until the party was disbanded. Then, he joined Kanu and became Jomo Kenyatta's loyalist. And within three years, Moi became the third vice-president of Kenya, having taken over from Joseph Murumbi who had succeeded Jaramogi Oginga Odinga but suddenly resigned due to disagreements with Kenyatta. Both Jaramogi and Murumbi quit over ideological differences with Kenyatta. However, Moi had no strong philosophical convictions and beliefs. What he fully understood and practiced was the politics of survival.

    No amount of inconveniences and roadblocks the Kiambu Mafia constructed in his path to stardom could stop Moi. He either gingerly circumvented or persevered through them. Along the way, he used the opportunities and privileges closeness to power accorded him to acquire wealth and retain a small loyal team that he could rely on. Charles Njonjo and Simeon Nyachae fall under this category. So that when Kenyatta eventually died in 1978, Moi was able, through a mixture of luck and circumstance, to assume power.

    Like a true genius, Moi used the aborted 1982 coup attempt to consolidate power and crash perceived or real threats. Soon all political parties except Kanu were banned and opponents detained, exiled, killed or reduced to penury. Moi increasingly used his power to extend control over the economy, social and cultural spheres. "Tawala Kenya" and "Nyayo" songs were pervasive on the airwaves. Print media fell under the Nyayo spell. Before long, Moi and his coterie focused on public land as a theatre for control and a source of personal wealth. Loyal politicians, senior army officers, diplomats and political fixers were rewarded with public land. In the process, forests, public toilets, roads – name it – were invaded, occupied and converted into personal property by the politically well-connected.

    That is the origin of Kiptagich tea estate. Kiptagich is a massive tea estate with a modern factory located within the Mau forest water tower. It covers more than 5,000 acres. The tea estate is in public land. Apparently, Kiptagich "belongs" to former President Moi. Public records disclose that Moi never paid a dime for the land; never invested a penny to clear it; never spent anything to buy seedlings; and never purchased the factory equipment. In other words, the land, tea plantation and infrastructural developments belong to the public. It means that Moi has been extracting hundreds of millions of profits annually from a public asset without guilt. There are rumours that Kiptagich owes Kenyans billions of Shillings in unpaid taxes, workers paid from public coffers and Ministry of Works tractors working in the farm without payment to the government.

    Understandably, Kiptagich is very close to Moi's heart. He loves the farm and factory. They are his cash cow, so to speak. Any inkling that Kiptagich might be repossessed by the people of Kenya makes Moi not just nervous but violently confrontational. Yet no one – not even Moi - has claimed that he purchased the land or that it isn't on the Mau forest complex. Moi and his supporters have not indicated that the proceeds from the tea estate are being donated to charity or used in the public interest. If Moi bought the land, he has not stated from whom and for how much. However, if he simply took the forest land when he was President, he must still explain to us why he did so. Kenyans are also interested to know why he deserves compensation of Sh 760 million for public land he has been unlawfully profiting from.

    After Moi has produced credible answers on the Kiptagich tea estate, we should also ask him a follow-up question on how he acquired Kabarak University. Later, we will seek explanations from the intractable genius about the construction and use of Nyayo House torture chambers.

    *The writer is a Barrister & Solicitor in Canada & Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is also the Advisor of the Prime Minister on Coalition Affairs & Joint Secretary for the Permanent Committee on the Management of Grand Coalition Affairs.
     
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    ...aiii !??? ndio kusema angekuwa Tz angeitwa STD 4 leaver? ...ama kweli "akili za Darasani sio za maisha"...pamoja mapungufu yake Mstaafu Rais Moi katika miaka yote aliyoiongoza Kenya BORA YEYE kuliko babu yetu, Robert Mugabe na degree zake saba!
     
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    No bro. Mugabe is better than Moi! Mugabe alichokozwa kwa ukiukwaji wa Lancaster House agreement. Moi ni mwuaji na chokora mkubwa!
     
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    Kanyabwoya,

    Hapa nitakupa tano ya nguvu maana huyu jamaa hakuwa na description ya
    kikweli...he was a cold blooded killer amabye alikua anacheka na watu
    mchana kisha usiku anawaua. Mifano io kibao kuanzia mawaziri wake
    mwenyewe hadi viongozi wa makanisa...kisha ni mwizi wa mashamba.

    Hapo kwa Mugabe sina la kusema.

    Regards.
     
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    Mbu,

    kama ni wabaya ni wabaya wote tu. Hamna cha dhambi ndogo wala
    dhambi kubwa. Ndio maoni yangu.

    Huyu jamaa kama angekua bongo, nd'o kama usemavyo.
     
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    ...unajua, Viongozi wote huchokozwa kipindi fulani na mataifa 'wahisani'. Nyerere 'alipochokozwa', sera zetu zikageukia kwenye ukomunisti, tukawa marafiki wa Ulaya mashariki, USSR, Cuba na Uchina. Tukafundishwa kuwachukila mabepari, makabaila,...tukawaona wanyonyaji... KUPE!
    na uchumi wetu ukazidi kudidimia...mwishowe? Ikabidi tu Mwalimu akubaliane na masharti ya IMF...

    Mugabe naye alichokozwa, akaropokwa na kuropokwa kuwalaani waingereza na waingereza...milango ikafungwa, bahati mbaya nguvu ya Urusi miaka hii sio kama enzi za USSR, wala ulaya mashariki ya miaka hii sio ile ya kina Tito, wala Uchina ya sasa sio ya kina Chairman Mao. Hata Cuba kidogo kidogo wanaanza kuacha ukomunisti... Mugabe anachokozwa, lakini hana pa kukimbilia, hata akiropokwa...wanaoumia ni Zimbabweans back home.

    Moi yeye hakuchokozeka, Ndio maana Kenya iliendelea kustawi mpaka hivi majuzi Multi party walipoingia madarakani... BTW, ni kweli bora Kenya ilivyotawalia na kabila minority, kuliko tangu awali wa Kikuyu au Luo's wangetawala. Si tunaona vita vyao?

    Mwl Nyerere alitokea kwenye kabila doogo la Wazanaki. Ili kujilinda, alizungukwa kwa kiwango kikubwa kwenye 'Ulinzi'na ustawi wake na watu kutoka mkoa wa Mara. Bin'adamu ndivyo tulivyo. Pia kwenye utawala wake, wengi tu walipotelea 'Nachingwea'...

    Moi did right thing at the right time, the suvival of the fittest at any cost.
     
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    ...nakubaliana nawe mtani wa Darajani,...pamoja na mabaya yake, aliiwezesha Kenya kupiga hatua, tofauti na Viongozi wengi wasomi wa Kiafrika. Mugabe ni mfano tu,...
     
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    Mtani wangu wa jadi,

    hapa naomba kutoa ilani... NDIVYO TULIVYOAMBIWA SISI ...wala sio
    ukweli. Moi alikua mtu poa kutoka kabila dogo lakini jamaa baada ya 1982
    aligeuka na kua kama mfalme Binta vile. Alijilimbikiza mali na kuwa KUPE
    mkubwa dhidi ya raia aliowatawala.Wewe fikiria jamaa alifikia mpaka kuiba
    mashamba hekari alfu na alfu. Kwa sasa njaa inaua watu na hakuna maji
    kwenye mito..ukiangalia chanzo unakuta kile kiini cha uzalishaji maji Kenya
    ni msitu wa Mau ambapo huyu Moi na wakulu wake wa karibu waliiba misitu
    with no regard for conservation of water catchment areas. Yaani jamaa
    alikua hajali kama Kenya ingekua jangwa wala nini 10 - 15yrs ago when he was
    doing it. Ishu yenyewe ndio inaiva sasa.

    Multi party ilipoingia Kenya ndipo mambo mengi yamefichuka hata kuliko hapo
    awali ambapo serikali ilikua inaficha mambo ya kihuni kibao na hamtafanya
    lolote kama raia. Waulize wenyewe watakuambia ni heri mara mia sasa kuliko
    nyakati za Moi. Hizi fujo zinazojitokeza leo, kwa kiwango kikubwa zinamhusu Moi
    na huyu Rais wa sasa Kibaki. Kuna lecturer mmoja aliniambia darasani
    kua "The absence of war does not necessarily mean the presence of peace"..
    mpaka leo sijasahau hii kitu.

    Tufunguke macho na tukumbuke kua utawala hauna ukabila wala
    nini. Iwe kabila dogo wala kabila kubwa, ni ujasiri wa kiongozi aliye
    mamlakani. Tukizubaa na hii kauli basi nakuhakikishia sio Kenya wala
    bongo bali Africa nzima haitosogea. Tutabaki na haya ya kabila hili na
    kabila lile.

    Shukran.

    P.S. Bado tunaongoza ligi!:D
     
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    Ab-Tichaz,

    ..labda kilichotokea wakati wa succession ya Kenyatta ni sawa na kilichotokea baada ya kifo cha Laurent Kabila.

    ..inasemekana wale "lieutenats" wa Mzee Kabila walikuwa na wakati mgumu sana wa kuamua nani kati yao achukue nafasi ya Mzee. so they decided to pick an outsider and weak candidate whom all of them could control.

    ..sasa inawezekana hao wakina Njonjo walifikiri watam-control Toroitich akiwa madarakani. Maraisi wa Kiafrika ni have too much powers at their disposal kiasi kwamba si rahisi kumfanya mtu a puppet all the time.

    ..nakumbuka baadaye Toroitich alikuja kumlipua Charles Njonjo. Watanzania tulifurahi sana kwasababu wanaamini Njonjo ndiye aliye-mastermind kuvunjika kwa the 1st East African Community.

    NB:

    ..ila na Wakenya wametesana sana. nakumbuka kusoma kitabu cha "Not yet Uhuru" kuna mambo ya ajabu sana.
     
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    If they all devils, then Mugabe is a lesser devil.
     
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    Depends on your school of thought. Moi handed power peacefully, while pple heckled and hurled insults at him, Mugabe on the other hand, has refused to hand over the presidency. am not arguing for the sake of arguing, but I think Moi is far much better than Mugabe. Heck some people even beleive that Hitler was a hero.
     
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    Smatta,

    samahani kama nimekugusa. Hizi ni siasa za ndani za Kenya, si muhimu sana kwangu, lakini kwa wale wakenya waliopoteza ndugu zao kupitia kwenye mikono ya Moi, watasema vingine. Zamani nilisoma report kuhusu ziara ya Dr. Ouko huko USA akiambatana na boss wake Moi na yaliyofuatia mpaka mwili wa Dr Ouko ukaokotwa wapi kwenu huko sijui ukiwa umechomwa na hautambuliki, baada ya kumvamia na ku-mpick nyumbani kwake kwa amri ya state house (Moi of course), kwa kweli, Moi tangu wakati huo kwangu ni mnyama.

    Isitoshe, nasikia kuna wengine wengi amewaua, nami naamini hivyo. Kuhusu ya Hitler, sijafika huko. Najua Kenya mtu kama anatoka kwenye kabila linalo-serve interests zako, hata akiua Wakenya wenzako ni mwema, sijui siku akikugeuka utasemaje. Najua pia kwamba ni mshika dini, sijui dini yake inamsaidia vipi. Unajua hata yale macho yake yanatisha, hii siyo conclusive evidence, lakini ana inafanana na vitendo vyake.

    Lakini mimi nakubali kwamba nchi yangu inatafunwa na ufisadi, na huu ni mgogoro mkubwa! Nyie mnashangilia maana kwa bahati mbaya au nzuri kwenu wanaweza ku-serve interests zenu in a short run, but it may be lasting/sustainable!

    Kuhusu Mugabe, najua ana mabaya yake, lakini ni mwanamapinduzi, nimelelewa kwenye nchi ya wanamapinduzi, sasa tunatoka dunia mbili tofauti. Mpaka leo wanamapinduzi hatujashindwa, mtu kama Hugo Chavez kwangu is a hero, sijui kwako. Lakini mimi naamini kwenye nguvu za soko, lakini si kila kitu. Interevention, distribution na necessary control has to be in place.
     
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    ...Hapa nd'o sasa navuta kiti nimuone na huyo mwenzio atakujibuje.
     
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    Nimekuelewa hapo mkuu, na nimeshkuru kwa mchango wako, Sisemi kuwa Moi alikuwa mzuri, la, alikuwa mtu mbaya sana na anafaa kuwajibika kwa yale maovu yaliotokea wakati wa utawala wake, ikiwemo Wagala massacre, Nyayo hse torture chambers, the deaths and detention of many Kenyans na umaskini aliousababisha kwa ulafi wake. What i was trying to insinuate is that Moi is better of than Mugabe coz Moi knew that it was time for him to leave, that is what Mugabe has failed to do, he is unable to read the mood of the people of Zimb. Moi would have refused to leave power if he so wished, and am sure all the mass action calls and demonstration cldnt have stoped him, but he read the moment and knew that it was time to pack and leave state house, and thats what Kibaki failed to do in the 2007 elections.
     
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    When a human being inflicts pain on any human being, whether Black, Yellow, White or any colour for that matter he/she must never be applauded, urged or praised for having performed such an act. To err is human, but when you make the same mistake twice, this reflects your character.

    Maybe we should ask ourself why Mr. Robert Mugabe is what he is today, inter-alia, maybe we should know as well why Moi acted the way he acted when he was a President?

    The answer is very clear. TRIBALISM for both of them.

    In 1980 when Zimbabwe gained independence Mr Mugabe went out full stretch to Educate and improve the lives of people in MASHONALAND. People in MATEBELELAND were totally relegated to second class citizens.

    Everyone seemed to like the status quo at the time. The only people who were dissatisfied with Mr Mugabe's leadership were people from Matabeleland, who became the first to register their displeasure at the manner in which he ran the country.

    Kwa nduguzetu wa Kenya TRIBALISM is a way of life, believe me, it is. That is why Moi acted wantonly while knowing that TRIBALISM is a killer but he executed what ever he wanted for the pleasure of life and TRIBALISM.

    The trend began with presidential directives and constitutional amendments. Apart from the Constitution of Kenya, Amendment Act, Number 7 of 1982, which introduced Section 2(A) transforming the country into a de jure one-party state, Kenya's parliament, on Moi's order, reinstated the detention laws which had been suspended in 1978. Colonial era laws, like the Chief's Authority Act, the Public Order Act, the Preservation of Public Security Act, the Public Order Act, and the Penal Codes, gave the president the right to suspend individual rights guaranteed by the constitution. That gave Moi power to ASSASSINATION, REPRESSION AND DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL OF DISSIDENTS. Arrests and detentions in fact followed every one of Moi's warning against his critics.
     
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    Maxshimba,

    Nuff sed mkuu. Kisha cheki hii story imetokea leo na waziri flani aliyekua
    kigogo wakati wa Moi. Jamaa anasema Moi alimlazimisha kumpa hili
    shamba ambalo kwa leo linazua kasheshe. Kenyans want their land back na
    Moi analeta hadisi za kina Abunwasi. This will be a fight that will drag on
    for a while but Kenyans have to show resilience to get their land back.

    As usual Moi will run to his tribal cliques claiming 'ghasia itatokea' if the
    land is repossesed by the people. That is the mood of the country right
    now.

    I was forced to give land to Moi - Ntimama

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    The Kiptagich tea estate and factory. Inset: Retired president Daniel arap Moi

    By CAROL RWENJI

    A Cabinet minister on Monday said he was arm-twisted into allocating Mau forest land to former President Daniel arap Moi.

    Mr William ole Ntimama, now the National Heritage minister, further said that Kiptagich Tea Factory partly owned by Mr Moi was not under the Narok County Council.

    Mr Ntimama served as the council chairman in the 1970s. He spoke a day after retired President Moi acknowledged that he owns a stake in the tea estate and factory said to be within the Mau Forest.

    One-party state

    On Monday, Mr Ntimama said the allocation was done when Kenya was a one-party state and there was nothing much he could do to control the events.

    "The former president ran a one-party state. I was helpless and could do nothing when he took the land. I was arm-twisted in that situation," he said.

    Attempts to speak to Mr Moi's press secretary, Mr Lee Njiru, failed as he was not picking his phone.

    On Sunday, Mr Moi said he owns 25 per cent of the factory and the rest belonged to the public. He claimed he was given the land by Narok County Council.

    Speaking after a church function in Bureti, Mr Moi further denied that the land was in Mau saying it was at the edge of the forest.

    The retired president maintained that he did not use his position as Head of State to grab the land.

    He denied claims that he used his power to allocate himself the land in Olenguruone, Kuresoi district.

    The Maasai, he said, gave him the land as a way of conserving the Mau Complex by stopping encroachers. He said land neighbouring various water towers was also allocated to other individuals to act as buffer zones.

    But on Monday, Mr Ntimama urged the former president to surrender the 900-acre piece of land.

    Kiptagich is among billions of shillings property set to be removed from Mau by the government as part of the forests conservation efforts.

    A number of former key personalities in the Moi regime including Kuresoi MP Zachayo Cheruiyot are also to be affected in the evictions.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/-/1064/836142/-/item/0/-/10mp3bq/-/index.html
     
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    This (the highlighted part) is what my friend Mutahi Ngunyi wishes would happen before 2012, because these people will be dealt with forcefully that they wont ever again hold this country at Ransom with their threats.
     
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    yah.naskia Moi anayo ardhi inayolingana na nchi ya burundi,haileti maana kwa wakenya kuzidi kumkingia kifua na kuzidi kumnyamazia huku mkipigania ardhi bila sababu.Take action.
     
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    Hekima ya uongozi inatolewa na Mwenyezi Mungu peke yake. Hakuna darasa la kufundisha hekima. Haijalishi mtu eliyesoma sana ndiyo kiongozi mzuri na ndiyo maana tuna hata maprofesa wengi wakipewa nafasi wanabofawa, hawajui kuongoza. Kuongoza ni kipaji toka kwa Mwenyezi Mungu na kama Moi hakusoma basi Wakenya ndiyo hawajasoma maana wao ndiyo wamekuwa wakimchagua muongo and hadi muongo kwanza kwa kura nyingi tu. Kwa ujumla, Moi was very bright and great leader for his time and anything else is myopic. The problem of land in Kenya was started right after Uhuru by Kenyatta himself and was never corrected b/se that is what Kikuyus, Luos, Kisiis, Kambas..liked. Now the minority have chANGED and they want equal distribution which is not possible not even in TANZANIA which was once viewed as nchi ya kijamaa..
    We should be positive of the past for our constructive future development. It is true.."Peace is Useless if Nothing is Right"
     
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    Ndugu Nanu,

    Wewe nadhani unaishi Kufikirika ama Kusadikika. Who told you Kenyans
    elected Moi to the Presidency?...Saa nyengine ni muhimu kusoma article
    kabla hujatoa hoja tafadhali.

    Of all three Presidents that has ever had, ni Kibaki tu aliyepigiwa kura
    halali in 2002. Kenyatta's rise to the Presidency was not by election,
    alifanya kupewa na Odinga (who by the way refused the offer from the
    British on conditon that Kenyatta is released from jail). Kenyatta alipotoka
    jela na kuchukua uongozi alibadilisha katiba yote to combine the
    Presidency, Premiership na Parliamentary powers into one big entity that
    listended to no one nor entertained questions.That happened approximately
    between 1964 - 1978 aliofariki.

    Moi naye alipopata u-vice president akafanya mtindo ule ule alipofariki
    Kenyatta. Hakuna kura iliopigwa baada ya kifo cha Kenyatta hapo 1978
    na to make it worse, Moi turned Kenya into a totalitarian one party state
    where KANU was mama na baba wa taifa all in one. Kisha from then on
    Kenyans never saw a true election mpaka 2002 ambako kura za wananchi
    zilipomngatua Moi mamlakani.

    Hapo sasa utawalaumu wakenya kivipi?

    Kisha unatoa kauli eti Moi was a bright leader..hebu toa mifano
    inayo-support hio hoja.How do you define the word 'bright' by the way?
    Ni matamshi kama hayo ambayo yanapoteza watu hapa Africa. Mtu mbaya
    ni mbaya tu. Moi hakusoma na alijirundika na watu wa caliber yake na
    hao ndio mamluki walioharibu uchumi wa Kenya kwa kiwango kikubwa.
    Kuna wakati hela ilikua inachapishwa Kenya without regard for the
    later consequences. Unadhani Moi angekua bright kama unavyosema
    Kenya ingekumbwa na runaway inflation ambao ilisababisha bei ya
    unga wa ugali na mkate kupanda karibu kila mwezi? Kenya kuna wakati
    ilikua rahisi kula chapati kuliko kusonga ugali...chakula cha walalahoi.

    Kisha mwishowe unajicontradict by saying this... .."Peace is Useless if
    Nothing is Right". That was exactly what Moi was doing...maintaining a
    false sense of peace yet he was killing his own Ministers in the background
    simply becasue he feared they were becoming too popular. Kisha akaanza
    skirmish kibao za kuwauwa wakikuyu waliokua wanaishi mitaa ya bonde la
    ufa (Rift Valley). The folks that he trained and armed during the period when
    the multiparty system was being heralded in Kenya, were not disarmed when
    he left office. These are the same people who ressurrected baada ya fujo
    za kura za '07.

    Kwa hivyo, you are doing great diservice to the people who lost their lives
    through his incompetence and sins of ommission and commision, when you
    tell them Moi was a bright leader. He was the biggest tribalist that Kenya
    ever saw and the most crude landgrabber second only to Kenyatta.

    Habari ndio hiyo.
     
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