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White supremacist nonsense and black subservience in Kenya right there in your face!

23 Feb

So another rough and ugly incident occurred between a white man and a black Kenyan woman police officer in Nyandarua, Central Kenya on Sunday, 21 FEB. This white man, this Allister Brown shoved the woman police officer and shouted at her that “she should her do her job”, whatever that means!? Do her job, my foot! Debate has been raging on whether the incident was racist or purely a heated argument blown out of proportion by social media. I will argue that the incident was purely racist for a number of reasons I will outline below.

Firstly, there was no absolutely no reason whatsoever that any citizen and worse still this pilot would have assaulted, shouted or shoved the almost defenseless policewoman. The question that does not need any answers which people will try to continue asking is what exactly had the police woman not done to deserve such? The danger in asking such a question is that the answer will serve to unjustifiably redeem the white man. I’m quite convinced that if he had not been a white man seen to be privileged and worse still a pilot he would not have done what he did. He committed that crime because of his whiteness and he foolishly thought that he would get away with it. In any case, assault should be a crime in Kenya and thus he should be charged for it, so no need for debates.

Secondly, the behavior exhibited by this white man, this Allister Brown is not alien to many Kenyans and other Africans living there. There are so many white misinformed people in Kenya who think because they employ black Kenyans as their house helps, gardeners, cooks, baby sitters and what have you, they can afford to ill – treat them and any other black person they get into contact with. It would be unfortunate to paint all white people with the same brush but the general trend in Kenya is that most black people are so scared out of their wits by just the sight of a mzungu. This is true and we cannot deny it. Who will forget the Artcaffe incident some time in 2013? I have seen with my own eyes crass behavior by some white people on the roads, at malls and in offices behaving in outrageous ways because they think they are privileged. This Allister Brown, this white man committed this assault on the Kenyan police woman because it is entrenched in his brain that black people can be shouted at, beaten and nothing will happen to him because he is white!

Thirdly, it is a known fact that most black Kenyans are so intimidated by white people they will jump so high at being called by a white person. The assumption is that mzungus are rich, they are powerful and they must be feared. Well depending on where one is coming from it could be true that most white people in Kenya as expatriates, business people and what have you are rich compared to the ordinary Kenyan. Last Christmas at the Carnivore Restaurant I was nearly denied a sit in the main restaurant because apparently they were “fully booked” but all the white people that came after me and my family were shown tables without a fuss. I had the guts of asking one white guy if he had booked earlier for a table and he told me that he had just walked into the restaurant and I wondered if the mzungu money was more precious than mine.

On one occasion I took a taxi with my white friend going to the Village Market, I paid for the taxi and the taxi driver tried to give the change to my white friend and I had to quickly ask him why he was doing and he spoke to me in Swahili that he thought “wacha tupatie mdosi pesa yake”. I told him to go to hell and hand me my change. Recently I was in a bank at the Village Market, got a ticket to be served and my number was called for but there was no one to serve me at the counter I was directed to by the machine calling out. However, on further enquiries after seeing two white people wo had come after me being served I was told that they don’t serve people who don’t have accounts in that bank! What crap is that? It is the kind of nonsense that this white man, this Allister Brown is riding on to make him this cocky and racist.

I have given the stories above to just illustrate the level of craziness that has now gripped Kenya and must be exorcised. I am not too sure how this will be done but it needs to be nipped in the bud before this cancer gets out of hand. I am sure Steve Biko and Malcom X must be turning in their graves right now!

The racist tendencies exhibited by the majority of white people in Kenya should be taken head on by all Kenyans. It baffles the mind every time when an incident of racist behavior is brought and the white people start crying foul that Africans are being barbaric. I remember one time a white colleague telling me that racism is sick and its worse when black people try to retaliate or correct a situation when wronged by a white person. Yes, if someone does not want to listen and know that being racist is not on and they want to do it in a country that is not theirs then they must be forced to behave the right way.
This white man, this Allister Brown, must be charged with assault and then deported on the condition that he will go back to whatever racist dungeon he comes from and gets into rehab (RACIST ANONYMOUS) kkkkk!

It would be a shame if Deputy President Ruto were to continue using this pilot or even be seen to be trying to defend him.

And please please white man, mzungu Allister Brown do not come up with any crap that you have any of these funny diseases and conditions that you crank up when you are in trouble that your wife left you, or you had a difficult childhood, short temper or you have mood swings or any of that crap.

And please you black Kenyans stop defending this white man. What he did was wrong and he did it because of his white stature and privilege. It is not black people who are being problematic here, he needs to deal with his stupid, misguided, sick and racist behavior acquired from his white background!

NO TO RACISM and WHITE SUPREMACIST BEHAVIORS IN KENYA! PERIOD!

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Of Ebola, Africa’s riches and misguided leadership

27 Aug

The Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc in Sierra Leone, DRC, Liberia, Guinea and possibly other African countries with no end in sight. As this calamity continues, some of the beleaguered African countries have started asking questions on the responsibility of other developed states, the UN and so on to come to their assistance. As a response to this outbreak, very tight travel bans have been imposed by numerous countries all over the world barring outbound flights from the affected countries. Clearly, this would not have gone done well with the affected countries as this affects economies and trade and generally places the countries in bad light. Sierra Leone’s senior government officials have come out guns blazing calling on the travel bans to be lifted by the African countries. I am of a different opinion. Rather than shout and scream at counterpart African countries for the travel quarantine, the Ebola affected countries must take this disaster as a time to reflect on how their riches can alleviate poverty in their own backyards, deal with the Ebola virus, and how their leadership has let down their citizens.

The first question that the Ebola affected countries need to ask themselves now is why they are suffering so much amidst so many riches in diamonds, rubber and other natural resources in their own countries. The money from these natural resources should be directed towards economic and social development but alas, half the time it is pilfered by government officials through corruption and spent on other unnecessary expenses which do not in any way contribute to the development of the said countries.

Ethical questions will be raised about the Western pharmaceutical countries which seem to have discovered and developed cures for this deadly Ebola virus on why they are not releasing the drugs to be tested on patients and so on. The same questions have been asked before about the HIV/AIDS virus. There are and can be very simple answers to such questions. These Western private companies are in business and they need to realize some sort of return on their investments. African governments through regional bodies and the African Union must now start asking important questions on how they can tap into these already developed research institutions by either building their own disease research and control centers. The other alternative is to build funds, kitties or whatever they might be called to contribute to the already established Western efforts. There might be no need to reinvent the wheel for the African initiatives. There has been talk about establishing research centers in Guinea or the center is already there but these systems need to start functioning and bringing out results.
More importantly, African governments at a political level through the African Union or their regional bodies such as ECOWAS, IGAD, and SADC etc. need to ask each other questions around their health, education, food and other related policies. It is one thing to sit and talk about how the West and China is screwing African countries but ignoring the fact that Africa has more riches and wealth which can be channeled towards these developmental activities. Pleading bankruptcy and lack of funds is now a tired story which is very boring and in some instances a mockery of African citizens’ intelligence. Misguided statements from senior African Government officials like the Sierra Leonean Ibrahim Ben Kargbo (Special Adviser to President Koroma) trying to threaten other African countries for not standing by them in their times of crisis should not be tolerated. The African Union and other African progressive governments for example like Kenya and South Africa need to ask these same countries tough questions on what they are doing to tame such crises in their own backyards. Africa cannot continue blaming other people for its own problems. In any case, other African countries have lost so much business from cancelled flights and goods that have not been delivered to and from the affected countries.

At a domestic level, clear problems of governance emerge. It defies logic to understand how and why communities would attack health centers where their own relatives were being treated. It shows a clear lack of communication and awareness from the government. A clear correlation exists between the lack of knowledge, education and poverty in the instances where Ebola has wreaked havoc in most of the communities in the affected African countries. It therefore becomes imperative that social programs to ensure that communities get enough and proper education so that they are lifted from the poor conditions they live in becomes very necessary.

At some point, there were blockades in some parts of Liberia and Sierra Leone. These were purportedly meant “to protect citizens from themselves” according to President Johnson Sirleaf. Fair enough, people were attacking health centers and bolting with the sick patients thereby exposing whole communities which could have caused a national disaster. So in instances like these, why would it not be fair for other countries to impose bans on people travelling from the same Ebola affected countries?

In a more misguided fashion and typical of failed leadership, most Libyan senior government officials had to be barred from travelling outside the country for one month. This was after there was an upsurge of them fleeing the country going to neighboring and overseas countries. That could not have been right! What kind of leadership is that? Ethical and leadership questions need then to be asked. If the countries such as Liberia plead poverty and bankruptcy when it comes to finding solutions or alleviating the plight of citizens affected by this disease, how then is it possible that at the spur of a moment hundreds of government officials and civil servants who clearly have access to government resources through corruption and privilege can purchase tickets and afford to live out of the country?

Clearly, diseases know no boundaries and thus any threat to these African countries should be considered a threat to the rest of mankind therefore calling for collective attention. However, Ebola again though difficult to treat has been in existence since the 1970s and the affected African governments have known this state of affairs. Bar the negative effects of wars and other devastating natural calamities, Africa must strive to come up with its own defense mechanisms to such problems. It is not good enough for the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone Ebun Strasser – King to note that Ebola “took us by surprise and met us when we were ill prepared for it”.

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