Kenya faces its most challenging election in 2017. Uhuru Kenyatta wants to win it by hook or crook.
He never really won the last. A combination of trick’s and blatant rigging forced the matter to the courts where one of the most shameful decisions was handed down giving Uhuru Kenyatta the presidency. At the end of it and in the words of one observer, “we had the exact 2007 situation without the violence”. This was in reference to the 2007/2008 Post Election violence when the incumbent president openly and blatantly rigged the elections to give himself another term in office.
Uhuru is equally determined to have a second and maybe third term. He has embarked on an early campaign with the elections not due until August 2017. There is even a possibility that the said elections may be held in 2018 if any of the legal challenges slowly making their way in the courts succeed.
In a space of less than three months Uhuru Kenyatta has lavished tax payer funds on people and regions where he is keen to receive votes while completely ignoring those areas he considers opposition strongholds. One billion shillings went to Meru tribe farmers growing the internationally banned narcotic miraa. Uhuru intends to save them and their crop from the effects of a British ban on the narcotic.
Uhuru then pumped more tax payer monies in to the dying Mumias Sugar Company to the tune of another billion shillings. Most of this money goes to service debts owed to businesses connected to persons in Uhuru Kenyatta’s government. Nothing will go to the farmers. These businesses have supplied inputs such as fertilizer at highly inflated prices leading to farmers simply working to repay the “loans”. A farmer earns on average Shillings 250, 000 per harvest. Mumias Sugar factory would deduct shillings 225,000 leaving the farmer a mere 25,000. That is the main reason why the factory is failing. Yet not a coin of that money will go to offset farmers debts.
With that mind, Kenyans watched as Uhuru wrote off all the debts of Coffee farmers in his native GEMA (Gikuyu [Kikuyu], Embu and Meru) region. This was the third time GEMA coffee farmers were having their private loans taken from their cooperatives paid off using tax payers’ money.
As I write this, news wires are reporting that Uhuru Kenyatta has found an investor who will revive the Webuye Pan Paper Mill. The Uhuru government valued the plant at 900,000,000. The said investor is allegedly planning to pump in shillings 6 billion. Sitting close to Uhuru was none other than Eugene Wamalwa the cabinet secretary for Water and Irrigation. He cheered on cue!
Pan Paper Mills’ assets exceed what is on offer. The mill stands on land whose value exceeds 10 billion without counting the trees and the plant.
Here we see vested interests at play. The minister for Industry Adan Mohammed sees nothing wrong with him presiding over the sale. He was the CEO of Barclay’s Bank Kenya Limited which is one of the debtors that placed Pan Paper under receivership.
Not mentioned is the fact that Banks in which Uhuru Kenyatta and his family have interests are also beneficiaries of the deal.
So here we see a clear pattern where Uhuru hands real project and real money to his home region but uses deception and trickery when it comes to areas outside his home area.
Is he really rescuing Pan Paper or handing himself and his friends and family cash?