Wednesday July 29, 2020 – A good number of Mt Kenya residents have accused Deputy President William Ruto of abandoning them during their time of need.

On Tuesday, the motion by Muranga County Senator, Irungu Kangata, to increase money in populous Counties was defeated at the floor of the house after Senators allied to Dr William Ruto opposed the motion.

The motion would have benefited Kiambu, Nakuru, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Laikipia, Nairobi and Nyandarua which are mostly occupied by members of the Gikuyu, Embu and Meru (GEMA) communities.

However, Ruto, who pretends to be friends of Kikuyus, whipped his Senators to reject the motion and this has infuriated members of the GEMA community who are now calling him ‘the real enemy of the GEMA community’.

Here are some comments from members of the GEMA community.

“What will Ruto tell the people of Mt Kenya after he ensured the formula which could favour the region in sharing revenue couldn’t pass?” Wanja Mkosi asked.

By declining to give his stand in the Division of Revenue Bill, Ruto revealed his true face. The GEMA has the biggest populations in voting size but are discriminated against when it comes to revenue allocation,”’ Mzalendo Mzalendo wrote.

If there’s a community Ruto hates with all his heart is the Agikùyù community. He wants them to remain ‘hustlers’ by all means. Economically Ruto wants to suppress the Mt. Kenya region and any Kikuyu wherever they may be in the country,’” Matigari ma Jirungi wrote.


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    Senator Malala has come out of the hoods and stated categorically that even though the CRA formula is scientifically credible in warranting the contested division of revenue, politics has to take precedence- “that this is politics”. So do Kenyan politics play at the expense of justice? And if that’s the case where is the hope for Kenya and Africans in general if our political philosophies cannot guarantee equity and justice for all, not a few. My take is that the positions articulated by the likes of Malala offend the real role of political ideology in the modern society. Political ideologies in heterogeneous societies must seek to provide justice not for a selected few but for all, through equitable distribution of resources- give people what they need and deserve not what they demand or ask; and political power must be exercised responsibly so as to achieve those ends. Any other posturing is a mark of immaturity and primitively that has no place in today’s advanced societies.
    Allocating sections of society resources that they do not deserve or need, and which in fact, cannot absorb, renders injustice to those who would otherwise justifiably absorb and utilize such resources. Senator Ladema Ole Kina is a replica of William Olentimama, who purported to champion the rights of the Maasai yet advanced tribal agendas isolating the community from much needed development and keeping them ignorant so that he could continue to hold them hostage and use the narrative of marginalizing as a tool for admission in the elite political club. The vitriol with which Ole Kina is discrediting and attacking equitable sharing of revenue is disheartening and equally dangerous for the country. An imposed Tribal kingpin, who is portraying himself as ‘god’ that thinks a certain community is not worth existing, is a tragedy of our time.
    The word marginalized is being abused by tribalists who seek once again to isolate the kikuyu community. And even those who reside in mount Kenya who are not house of Mumbi should be worry of the current trend, they should not dissociate themselves from the kikuyu so as to be seen to be better like it happened in the 1990’s and the 2007 emasculation attempts of Mumbi house by the KANU regime and ODM movement respectively. They should be aware that they will not be spared either.
    Marginalization ended with the NARC administration and the advent of CDF (Constituency Development Fund), the rest is fallacy and a calculated campaign to discriminate and isolate the house of Mumbi, out of hatred and unfettered jealousy. Marginalization was more so wiped away by the concept of devolution, to the extent that the revenue sharing formula adopts parameters that ensure equitable distribution of resources to equally serve every citizen wherever they may be. That is to say money to offer required services to livelihoods not land mass. If we shift directing resources from serving human beings into serving bear land, then a we not committing human rights violations? The category of people advocating for resources in their areas that have lean populations at the expense of the populous areas, are rendering injustice to the rest of the country and they can rightly be equated to human rights violators who hoard food in store while the neighbor is dying. Those are the modern day terrorists and should be resisted at all cost. Why do we want to get what we don’t deserve at the expense of others?
    Over the years especially since 2007/8 political crises, a concealed trend has been taking shape within the Kenyan political and bureaucratic landscape where, as the competing big tribes seek truce and pacify one another on issues of resource sharing, they settle on appointing the Somali community in most key government positions in a somewhat skewed manner. This cultivation of middle ground and the purported neutrality has given the pastoralists communities undue advantage in being to able to influence national discourses in their favour, and equally use their positions effectively to tilt the scales and overly accrue benefits to their themselves and to the agents of their sponsoring political kingpins at the expense of other Kenyans. On the same pedestal, some political kingpins and opinion shapers who propagate anti-Mount Kenya narrative (to be polite), having studied the landscape, have subtly entered into contract with these “neutral” so called communities to hold their bid on every other pivotal matter on the political, economic and social scenes, to ensure sustained economic marginalization of the mountaineers and particularly the ‘Mumbi’ house.
    The “neutral tribe” metaphor has been misused in matters governance and resource allocation since 2008 when several commissions were created to ensure stability after the post election violence experienced then. The mountaineers oblivious of the schemes and deals hatched against them have been sitting pretty cool blindfolded and silenced by the ascension of one of their own to the top. Meanwhile, emasculation of the Mount Kenya communities from government jobs, denial of positions which they merit, discrimination in public service jobs in the guise of affirmative action and projection of the face of Kenya, has been the order of the day. Curiously though, the president and his handlers have always been duped into efforts of uniting the country by loping in all communities to create seeming justice in government formation, while the poor in his backyard are being emasculated through stiff economic discrimination, isolation, unemployment and destruction of their economic ventures.
    Political wheeler-dealers have known where power lies – in the independent commissions, boards and government agencies. With this realization, some actors have continuously devised a scheme whereby the “neutral tribes” occupy most of the influential positions and then cut deals with the former, to guard their interests at every stage because, these “neutral “players can hardly be suspected of playing politics with public offices. However, the revenue sharing stalemate and its genesis, along with other emerging issues in the judiciary have demonstrated that the opposite is true.
    The so called marginalized communities of the north are seen to hold a middle ground because they are perceived not to harbour interest for the high political office, owing to their limited political weight in terms of numbers. They have therefore been converted into intervening cards that compliment one or either side when it comes to political power brokerage and governance issues. These communities particularly the Somalis have unduly exploited this position by accruing political and economic benefit, while feigning innocence and still sustaining the marginalization narrative. Incidentally, the large communities whose leaders are utilizing the “neutrals” as support bases as political capital to ascend to power are suffering in silence. This is a clear demonstration of greed for power at the expense of development and welfare of citizens. So, a lot of mischief and conspiracy has been simmering against the house of Mumbi and the mountaineers in general. Senators can afford to vote against gains tailored for their respective counties just to advance this assault against the mountain. It is sad.
    I need to remind all and sundry how the majority have been marginalized by successive leaders and particularly heavily entrenched by the Moi regime. In an attempt to weaken the Kikuyus and stifle their pretention to the throne, which they probably thought was their birthright; Moi went on a rampage at decimating their economic power bases by destroying their agricultural industries of coffee and tea in addition to hunting down Kikuyu elite Business moguls like Andrew Kimani Ngumba, SK Machari and Kenneth Matiba and destroying their empires. As if that was not enough, Moi made sure that no road was built in Mount Kenya and if it was, it must have been reciprocation for support of a KANU candidate. You may argue that Senior Kenyatta did the same, but two wrongs do not make a right and again as society advances, we expect that new generations are supposed to correct the wrongs made by past leaders and advance justice where it was denied and not to punish people for the wrongs of their ancestors.
    On the controversial formula for shared revenue, many counties are disadvantaged and the blame lies with the original architectures of the 1st generation formula, who overrated the marginalization matrix. Again the first officials of the commission acted carelessly being agents of political camps that relentlessly sought to discriminate Mount Kenya region, on account of the latter’s political kingpins having been in power for long. It is sad to note that the Chair of the commission- Micah Cheserem, who hails from the populous rift valley, midwifed a process that disadvantaged his region by being deluded that some areas needed to be stalled in terms development to give others time and chance to catch up. Notably, he is now securely retired in his massive investments at his home, watching the debate unfold unperturbed, he cannot fill the pinch: well insulated by his massive wealth but surrounded by poor neighbours who become a source of labour for his farms. No wonder no elite can support emancipation of the large poor populations through equitable share because, who will work in their enterprises.
    What Cheserem and his cahoots did not realize, is that money is for services, to maintain livelihoods first and foremost. Key players from the pastoralist’s communities along with agents of political kingpins, who reasoned that discriminating Mount Kenya was a viable strategy to propel them to power, were involved in crafting the formula. Counties like Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kajiado and Trans Nzioa are cosmopolitan in nature and are host to significant populations of the northern communities, who have bought property there, do business and require health and education services just like any other Kenyan. Residents of these counties reflect the face of Kenya, yet they are denied money on account of their affinity to Mount Kenya tribes. When people are demonstrating because of poor services in Nairobi Mwiki, Gutharai, Easleigh and wherever; you see even Buibui women and others speaking in Swahili(national language). When did Nairobi become a kikuyu county?
    Secondly, populations seem to be attracted to urban areas where economic activity is at its best as people troop there to earn a living. Our towns are commercial centers and they attract every tribe and therefore virtually translate into centers of revenue generation. Commercial activity has in turn created cosmopolitan counties due to investments for industrial production and the ancillary services. We cannot argue that those people resident in those counties cannot be provided with adequate services in terms health, water, roads, education etc simply because they live in seemingly developed areas that have an affinity with Mount Kenya communities, this is immoral. Development cannot solely be interpreted in terms of the built environment but should be reflected in the quality of life of individuals and families that live in those areas. The urban poor must not be discriminated because they live near the high and mighty.
    Revenue is generated by labour exerted on the factors of production like industries, factories and land. Therefore, the high population areas are essentially sources of labour that drives our economy and generate revenue. Otherwise, there would be no revenue to talk about without work. It is absurd and an injustice of the highest order to reason that those people do not deserve services, but that their input and sweat be used to provide affluent life to others who barely work, through skewed revenue sharing. Any county, even those falsely called “marginalized” is worth its population index and the economic activity that contributes to the GDP, no other parameter should override that. A county is not poor because of its landmass; it can be admitted as poor due to the quality of life of its people. Money must be directed towards improving the lives of people and especially those who form the human capital and labour force that drives our economy; other factors are secondary and can be assuaged by the equalization fund if the case so deserves.

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