A Comparative Analysis

A Comparative Analysis of the Political Rise of Mzee Moi and W. S. Ruto
Mzee is now gone (May his soul rest in peace). Some people will pinpoint a power vacuum in the late’s backyard, or a regional kingpin. But we all know there has never been, at least not post 2010. WSR has assumed that role by merit, by hard work, by consolidating power within the shortest time. And one would be doing injustice to compare Ruto to one Gideon Moi. You can only contrast the two. The only closest comparison living is Raila Odinga, but not of today but of the 90’s to the early 20’s. Anything else would warrant direct disapproval.
Moi rose to power while he was barely half-schooled, not anything that one would brand an intellectual. His rise amidst very rich intellectuals in his time can only be explained by a theory that is not in existence now and perhaps will never be established. The old man from Baringo overcame all odds, used political tact, suppressed enemies, promoted loyalists, forced himself to be the darling of the masses and eventually lived to be Kenya’s longest serving president in today’s history. To say the least, Moi became a testimony that education or lack thereof is not the measure of leadership even though this is not meant to disregard education, it is as necessary as important.
It’s uncultured to talk ill of the dead, but let’s suspend that for a second! Mzee learnt the act of using dependency to rule people. Make the people depend on you and they will brand you their demigod. Every socioeconomic activity was suspended and subtituted with the famous harambee. Every socioeconomic engagement was replaced by a harambee. The government’s development agenda was directed to harambee, social amenities were in poor state, infrastructure were underdeveloped and people were disempowered. He surely lived to give people fish, not teaching them to fish. And by that it was the easiest of things to remain at the helm, with some of the lazy men and women of that era today say they miss Moi (Chieth)! Because of culture I will not say anything about Robert Ouko, J. Murumbi, T. Mboya, Julie Ward. These are mysteries that not even pathologists lived to unravel.
Something you didn’t know that I recently learnt is that Moi faced deep humiliation as Vice-President, by deep I mean from as low as from the former Provincial Commissioners (PCs) and even powerful District Commissioners of the Kenyatta (I) regime, a gesture of course entertained by Jomo himself. On several occasions there would be a breach of protocol by PCs to allow other people to meet Mzee Jomo in his office before Mzee Moi would be allowed! And as V. President he tolerated all these without raising alarm, it was this tolerance that saw him rise to the presidency because his rivals majorly from Central Kenya underrated him as weak.
On the other hand, W.S.Ruto rose from an ambitious young man fresh from University. In a record sixteen years he rose from a college graduate to a Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya. A powerful DP for that matter, something nobody can despute allies and foes alike. Only now that he didn’t encounter like Moi did, a powerful group of people from Central Kenya. On the contrary the Mafias and the region at large were all working in his favour, keen to reclaim power to the Kenyatta’s.
Ruto lived to call the shots on the first term of their presidency. Having a good share of Ministerial positions for his allies. The bond of their political “marriage” was unbreakable, they read from the same page on every aspect from political, to socioeconomic, to even religion. The second term comes, and everything seems alright. During campaigns of 2016/2017 Uhuru used Ruto to speak every government lie, from Stadia as far and remote like Kamarin in West Pokot to others as close as the City itself, to laptop for primary school kids, apparently none has been done to the time of writing this article! Following their second term, it is important to note that from Ministerial appointments to Ambassadorial nominations, to the Big Four Agenda, Ruto was sidelined from almost each of them. The last nail on the coffin was the infamous handshake, that eventually bore the baby BBI that is being forced to walk immediately after its birth. On both occasions, Ruto has been merely a spectator like you and I, confused whether to support his boss or simply go wild. Sometimes doing both concurrently! Uhuru is struggling with a legacy he intends to leave behind, something that he is doing it single-handedly having left out his deputy but tagged along his very incompetent Cabinet. Just for the fun of it, since the so loud political divorce or eminence of the same, your president no longer even goes to church. Hahaha!
Their story of rise from sons of nobody’s to Deputy/Vice President positions and their respective humiliations are the same only written different times. Fear these men who cocoon themselves in the shelter of religion/church(The Opium of the masses). They have mastered the analogy of sin and repent umpteen times. Just like Moi, Ruto is a giver(cheerful or otherwise), he has revived the spirit of harambees. His main target has been churches or religion in general, just to remind you almost everyone belongs to a religion or at worst a cult. Hope you can read that from a political angle. Just to highlight the negative side of harambees(free money) from an economic point of view, mostly these monies are from public coffers, the money goes untaxed, and nobody benefits from it( like through employment), simply put in layman’s language- the money doesn’t yield any economic benefits. If 1M leaves the coffers, that’s an automatic (-1M) without any way of returning back. This informs why Economist Mwai Kibaki, former president banned harambees completely.
On both extreme ends Moi will be the most less literate president Kenya had and Ruto might just be the most learned president Kenya will have. History has a way of repeating itself. If the Powerful and rich Kiambu Mafias from Mbiyu Koinange, powerful Attorney Sir. Charles Njonjo, Mwai Mathenge among others couldn’t stop a less literate and less rich vice-president from ascending to power and subsequent staying atop for over two decades… Then it would be myopic to assume that a political genius, a doctor of philosophy, a rich ‘hustler’ by all means could be stopped my a weak Uhuru Kenyatta and an aged tired Raila Odinga or worst still BBI.

Moi rose to power without really knowing the taste of it, here comes a man who is obsessed and drunk with power and you assume a document would yield any results of stopping him. In this regard Ruto can be likened to the famous Nobody can stop reggae.
W. Ruto will single-handedly hurt the legacy Uhuru is so much obsessed with and play sympathy for being left out of it. Ruto is a strong political opponent, he will scheme a way to split the mafia syndrome of Mt. Kenya. Of course the tribal card will play well for him, Mt. Kenya has produced two presidents consecutively and it’s time they also support someone outside the region ( Let’s not play holy, the tribe issue isn’t dying in Kenya anytime soon). The only thing I have is advance sympathy for Ruto’s political rivals.
As I pen down, it’s important the reader understands that am writing purely based on facts and an open-minded analysis. Ruto might not be the darling you already think he is to me. And one last thing, this analysis holds water Ceteris Paribus! Cheers!

Signed, Ole Koinary.

The Secret to True Healing from Trauma and Depression.

This is one of the less discussed topics, yet the most rampant problems in the 21st century society. This has hit me, really hard to come to know that someone I love is going through emotional, psychological trauma and depression. I am writing this article for her and everyone else undergoing this retrogressive monster.

Having experienced a disturbing event which has left you feeling emotionally out of control, you may have been traumatized. Such psychological trauma can leave you battling with memories and anxiety that will take time to disappear. It can leave you feeling disconnected and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it might take a while to get over the pain. The good news is, whether the trauma occurred many years ago or yesterday, you can make healing changes and move on.

Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a wild world. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life, or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.

Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by: one-time-events such as an accident, violent attack, especially if it’s unexpected or happened in childhood; relentless stress such as battling a life-threatening illness or experiencing experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence and childhood neglect; and overlooked causes such as sudden death of someone close, the breakup of a significant relationship, or a humiliating experience.

While traumatic events can happen to anyone, you are more likely to be traumatized by an event if you’re already under a heavy stress load, or have been traumatized before- especially if the earlier trauma occurred in childhood. Childhood trauma can result from anything that disrupts a child’s sense of safety including; an unsafe environment, separation from a parent, serious illness, intrusive medical procedures, sexual/physical/verbal abuse, domestic violence and neglect among others.

Experiencing trauma in childhood can result in a severe and long-lasting effect. When childhood trauma is not resolved, a sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, setting the stage for further trauma. However, even if your trauma happened many years ago, there are steps you can take to overcome the pain, learn to trust and connect to others again, and regain your sense of emotional balance.

Symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma range from: shock, denial, disbelief, anger, confusion, anxiety, guilt, shame, self-blame, mood swings, hopelessness, and fear to mention but a few. While physical symptoms of trauma include; insomnia, nightmares, fatigue, agitation, pain and concentration difficulty. Your responses are normal reactions to abnormal events.

Healing from trauma is a process that requires focus and inward acceptance of the events that occurred. Trauma symptoms typically last from a few days to a few months, gradually fading as you process the unsettling event. But even when you are feeling better, you may be troubled from time to time by painful memories or emotions – especially in response to triggers such as an anniversary of the event or something that reminds you of the trauma.

If your psychological trauma symptoms don’t ease up or if they become even worse and you find that you’re unable to move on from the event for a prolonged period of time, you may be experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While emotional trauma is a normal response to a disturbing event, it becomes PTSD when your nervous system gets “stuck” and you remain in psychological shock, unable to make sense of what happened or process your emotions. Whether or not a traumatic event involves death, you as a survivor must cope with the loss, at least temporarily, of your sense of safety. The natural reaction to this loss is grief. Like people who have lost a loved one, you need to go through a grieving process. The following tips can help you cope with the sense of grief, heal from the trauma, and move on with your life.

Get moving

Trauma disrupts your body’s natural equilibrium, freezing you in a state of hyper-arousal and fear. As well as burning off adrenaline and releasing endorphins, exercise and movement can actually help repair your nervous system. Try to exercise for 30 minutes or more on most days. Or if it’s easier, three 10-minute spurts of exercise per day are just as good. Exercise that is rhythmic and engages both your arms and legs such as walking, running, swimming, basketball, or even dancing works best. Add a mindfulness element. Instead of focusing on your thoughts or distracting yourself while you exercise, really focus on your body and how it feels as you move. Notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, for example, or the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of wind on your skin. Rock climbing, boxing, weight training, or martial arts can make this easier after all, you need to focus on your body movements during these activities in order to avoid injury.

Don’t isolate

Following a trauma, you may want to withdraw from others, but isolation only makes things worse. Connecting to others face to face will help you heal, so make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone.
You don’t have to talk about the trauma. Connecting with others doesn’t have to involve talking about the trauma. In fact, for some people, that can just make things worse. Comfort comes from feeling engaged and accepted by others.
Ask for support. While you don’t have to talk about the trauma itself, it is important that you have someone to share your feelings with face to face, someone who will listen attentively without judging you. Turn to a trusted family member, friend, counselor, or clergyman.
Participate in social activities, even if you don’t feel like it. Do “normal” activities with other people, activities that have nothing to do with the traumatic experience. Reconnect with old friends. If you’ve retreated from relationships that were once important to you, make the effort to reconnect.
This subject is inexhaustible, I would like to give you recommendations of qualified scholars and practitioners of psychology and authors’ insights and foresights regarding to emotional and psychological trauma. This will only act as self-help materials for individuals battling with depression, kindly visit a counselor upon symptoms persists.

In his book Against Depression, author Peter Kramer makes the surprisingly unusual statement that depression is a physical disease — and it’s high time we start treating it as such. Though this book was perhaps written for those treating depression, it also serves as a helpful support for those who are struggling themselves.

Even those who don’t like self-help books will find value in Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote. Burkeman is well aware that not every person on earth, and especially not every person battling depression, responds to positivity, which is why he wrote his book from a more existential perspective. According to Burkeman, negative feelings aren’t feelings to be pushed away or ignored. Rather, they are vital parts of life that, when properly understood, can ultimately be a (gasp!) positive.

This bestselling book by Daniel G. Amen “The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems.” As such, Amen provides a series of what he calls “brain prescriptions” to help his readers learn to fight their depression and anxiety, while also silencing panic, anger, impulsiveness, and worry.

According to Lawrence Wallace, “happiness is a trainable, attainable skill!” Throughout his bestselling book, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Wallace lays out various useful tools with which readers can learn to be compassionate to themselves and ultimately find happiness.

For many people, and for many reasons, taking medication in the face of depression is not a welcomed option. That’s why Stephen S. Ilardi wrote his book The Depression Cure. The book discusses six important life elements that have been proven both scientifically and throughout history as ways in which we can slow down the oftentimes overwhelming pace of life in order to get back to the basics. It’s when we can get back to the basics, says Ilardi, that we can overcome depression.

The mind is a powerful thing when it comes to overcoming our moods and emotions; if you can change the way you think, then you can change the way you feel. That’s the big takeaway from Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, M.D. The Stanford-based psychiatrist explains through easy-to-understand writing the ways in which our minds tend to distort our thoughts and lead to depression, anxiety, and anger. He then offers a series of mental exercises and challenges his readers to consciously replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts in order to “learn to feel good.”

Between keeping up with our peers on Facebook, managing our households, and dealing with work, the world in which we live is extremely fast-paced. Though most of us realize that such an environment can be stressful, few realize the dominating effect it can have on our mood and overall health. In his bestselling book Full Catastrophe Living, author Jon Kabat-Zinn offers helpful habit-forming tips that can make living in a busy and competitive world less stressful.

For those who want (or need) a more light-hearted approach to battling depression, there is Lee Crutchley’s How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A Creative Workbook. Crutchley describes his workbook as “a workbook, trusted friend, creative outlet, security blanket, and secret diary.” As such, this fun and unique book is designed to walk readers through a process that will help them to discover every day joys, life’s simple pleasures, and hopefully a new, more positive perspective on life.

If religion often presents answers that are comforting and helpful, then Straight Talk on Depression by Joyce Meyer may be just what you need. The bestselling Christian author offers helpful advice for overcoming depression, rejoicing in the things worth rejoicing over, and forgiving others in order to free ourselves from the things we often find troubling. Throughout the book, Meyer includes helpful scripture and anecdotes from her own battle with depression.

I hope that in your quest for happiness and overcoming depression and trauma, you find this article helpful and insightful. It is my hope that you learn to fight fears and insecurities from within and not without. That for once, perception of other people will not if at all negatively affect your inner self. Go out to the world and live, love, laugh, smile, conquer, be happy, only for once!

Farewell Thee Mommy

Dear Mommy,

I’m writing this to you mommy,
With grief and deep sorrow,
But with a great hope about tomorrow,
This one,of the appreciations of your life,
Not self-blame,neither blame to God-He is unquestionable,
It is a celebration of the ever-sweet moments we’ve shared…
Mommy,as I write this I miss you a million times,
I see you between these lines mommy,
I cry,I weep,I whine but still,I’m smiling at the memories of you mommy,
The image of you,your ever-sweet smile,
Your tender touch,your ever-loving voice,
Your motherly love,your strong personality,
Your everyday hardwork,your words of encouragement,
All these mommy,are what flood our minds and hearts,
All of us,yes we your children…
It saddens us that you’re no more to be touched and felt physically,
But a flicker of hope reigns,because in our hearts you live forever.
We derive our strength from the very Scriptures of God,
Yes,we live in a temporary body,only but a carrier…
The soul,the heart having eternal life in Christ our Lord,
Dear Mommy,these are the words we hold unto,the very teachings you left us with,
All of us,yes all of us your children,
Have every reason to thank you in absentia
You’ve nurtured us in the most righteous way,
You’ve cultivated in us life virtues and values that we can’t get anywhere else,
Dear mommy,you’ve done everything during your life with us,
You’ve won the battle,you’ve completed the race,
You’ve left a legacy for us to keep,
We’re indebted mommy,in so many ways
We’ll live to the vision you held,
We’ll complete the tasks you left,
So now mommy,look down at us and smile
At the right hand of Jesus where you’re seated,
Rejoice in the most Glory of God,when you’ll be throned
Heaven is your place,
There is so much to say about you mommy,yet limited space.
But forever in our hearts,we’ll hold them precious.
Mommy,the love we shared is divine.
We love you so much,forever…
Till we meet again at Jesus’ feet,Goodbye our mommy.

Valentine’s Day Poem for Your Girlfriend

EMPIRE

If you tell me today that you’ve a King,
I would respond to you that,
He has the best Queen in that Empire ever,
He’s the luckiest there is,there ever been.

If you have a King,
What I would wish,
Is to see your princess,
To meet your prince.

If you are a Queen,
I would like to be your King,
Father to your princess,
For you make the Greatest Empire.

If you have a King,
I would establish my own Empire,
I would push for a conquest of your Empire,
I would spare the King,and take you to be my Queen.

If you have a King,
And I fail in the conquest,
I would be captured and detained,
I would be held captive forever

I would seek for pardon,
And promise to serve the King,
As the Queen’s personal guard,
Because,nobody will ever harm you under my guard!

Happy Valentine’s Day!