Arich's Contemplations

Exercising my civic right by writing my opinion

Christopher Karani: a fool with nothing left to promise Ugenyans

Ugenya’s Christopher Karani is addicted to attention. And what better way to guarantee attention than promising an Ugenyans utopia, free from hunger, poverty or any other long waited development?


Karani’s apparent willingness to develop Ugenya– taking all his PR evidence into account is a simple transaction aimed at helping him retain his position as the Member of Parliament following nullification of his election by Lady Justice T.W Cherere.

Two days ago the he visited Uriya Primary School and showed his commitment to the school and even promised immediate renovation of the classrooms in the school to curb jigger menace. Just to ask for fellow elites (how do you promise an immediate action, Does it cost to act?) Ululation at the promise to renovate classrooms was followed by dishing out Sh3000 to be divided among 15 teachers and several unprofessional photos of minors in a bid to save his dying PR.


The highlight was the head teacher of Uriya, kneeling down to request more handouts from Karani who declined to offer more money. In some constituencies, voters kneel for leaders as a sign of respect. In Ugenya it is done as a sign of desperation.

Roads have never been built, hospitals have only become worse and bright students are suffering with the highest beneficiary of the hyped CDF education fund getting only Sh4000.

Karani’s conscience has died; he knows that the slogan of unity and strength (Riwruok e Teko) that he once used would now look somewhat awkward on his campaign posters.

His lieutenants will not question him, but they are ripe enough to begin the cleansing that will finally let Karani look like a god.

But the thing about lies is that they light up even the darkest corners. And maybe (just maybe) if my criticism is what will make Ugenyans to realize that idiot like Karani have nothing more to offer…I will continue to criticize his regime.



Will the old system of identifying student leaders work?


Linda Kiptoo (Kipsigis Girls) cast her vote during the 2016 Student election

Ministry of Education conducted a survey in 2008 to establish the relevance of student participation in school governance. This survey contributed to the establishment of Child Friendly School (CFS) practices by empowering students to take part in the decision making process for a more cohesive school community and conducive learning environment.

The survey also indicates that student participation in school management tends to improve learning and instills positive values in the students. Therefore, other than election of student leaders, schools are encouraged to involve their students in matters that affect their lives in school including student discipline and how they can channel their grievances.

Many schools across the country, both secondary and primary, adopted this approach allowing students to exercise their democratic rights by electing their leaders. Kipsigis Girls is one of the schools that adopted the election method of identifying students leaders after a successful pilot program on school governance in secondary schools and so far more than 20 other schools from Kericho County have taken up the initiative. However with regular cases of students’ unrest, the Ministry of Education gave out a circular in schools earlier last year advising Principals to adopt the old system of identifying student leaders i.e. selection. The big question however is whether the adoption of old system will work.

Mejja Nessy after being declared winner

Message to Karani’s supporters.

There is no excuse for liars, we have uneducated MP with a bunch of adolescents as his advisers, there is no reason to lie. You either went to school or you didn’t it is as simple as that! I find it offensive when the years I spent toiling reading books are disrespected by quacks. I have enjoyed reading some of the posts/comments in the forum using my pseudo account. And can’t tell whether it is freedom of speech or freedom of psychological tyranny and social lynching.

Yes,I was blocked but not worried at all!

I am waiting to hear the rulling by Lady Justice T.Wanjiku Cherere then I will give my observations and the dream I have. Having originated from East Ugenya-I trust most of my predictions. I don’t care who blocked my main account but what I know now is that we don’t have freedom of speech in the Ugenya Youth Forum but freedom of psychological tyranny and social lynching. You either went to school or you didn’t it’s as simple as that! And I find it offensive when the years I spent toiling reading books are disrespected by these people who didn’t go through 8.4.4 succesfully like Mwaro.

David Ouma Ocheing is now seeing which side of his bread is buttered.

Ochieng with Keriako Tobiko

David denied knowing Chris Musando before his death but took links to his death serious! Yet had not been named among the foolish idiots for interrogation nor had he recorded a statement to the police-subject to that grave accusation. Again there were no surprises in court because the same people who ‘voted wisely’ for 6 ODM candidates implying they were wise, were fools and idiots who subscribed themselves to a cult group called ‘Raila-ism’ according to David Ouma Ochieng and some old guy who was mostly referred to as Leopard or rather ‘Kwach’. When you watched David speak about the people’s president, then you must have wondered whether the baboon generation(jokabimbe) were in Ugenya! This tragicomedy was interesting for viewing! These idiots kept on messing and messing with their reckless statements and accusations towards President Raila and Senator James Orengo both inside the court and outside the court. In my view, they were airing MDG underwear out in the open like ‘Dogs’ eating each other! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry watching them make one bungle after another! Sometimes your enemy looks so pathetic you feel like interrupting them while they are making a mistake. They were giving bucketful … mistake after a mistake, I wanted to scream stopppp! Who does PR for these fools … I forget we are the fools and they are geniuses! I beg your pardon! I even noticed that my dear ‘sweetheart’ Tecline Madara and her other members of MDG online bandwagon had so much egg on their faces in the last sessions of this particular hearing. They were calmly watching this one from the sidelines with their ‘signature mineral water’ and allowing their master and his minions to hang themselves with the rope they so readily put around their own necks! As my grandmother would have said, ‘ber koth ochue nono dak wang’eyo ni ot chwer’! Translated it means, “it’s great that it rained else we would not have known which grass thatched huts were leaking”! Ugenya is ODM!

David Ouma Ochieng’s links to Chris Musando’s death leaves too many unanswered questions.


May I add some quick notes…

While my sympathies lie with the MDG even though David Ouma Ochieng doesn’t tickle my fancy, my comments should be seen in light of constructive criticism. There is no doubt though that the resources Ochieng’ used in 2017 election may also have their own story to tell. The real question though is going to be whether he is indeed a Jubilee mole and this can be answered by my 3years old daughter together with his 4months old brother that he is indeed a Jubilee project if not a mole or mice as he cited in court. Personally I think he was rejected by electorates and needs to find another job too! I wouldn’t be surprised if Uhuru offered him one too! His links to Chris Musando’s death also leave too many unanswered questions! Ugenya is also going to be interesting. I have seen some claiming that in case of a by-election, it will be Raila versus Uhuru which I somehow agree with. Certainly the fact that the ODM remains probably the biggest crowd puller in Ugenya without spending any money and can beat any of the parties who have to spend massive amounts of money is interesting. The sources of David Ochieng’s funding will need to become subject to debate because it is imperative that the public know which candidate is owned by which either Jubilee or NASA



No pretense-I don’t understand this Art

I have zero knowledge on fine art, but I think that only makes me even more qualified to tell you about this piece of crap that hangs at the reception of the noble corporation  which I visited not long ago in my  City-Kisumu

It is a large and ‘Kamba’ colored (I don’t know where got that but I grew up knowing that yellow is for Kambas ) and it occupies a prominent position on the wall behind the Receptionist’s desk where you would think a pleasant decorative item would be more appropriately located. Instead, however, we have this, a thoroughly repugnant painting, as repulsive as it is bewildering.

Abstract art does not fool anyone except art scholars and the artists themselves but the rest of us know that it is bullshit. The rest of us know that there is a very scanty difference between the painting described as “a vivid exposition of vital figures posed in provocative postures which allude to our hardworking spirit as Africans”

So we really don’t always see a lot of sense from these things and can ignore them. They only offend us when we hear of how much they cost, then they get really sickening to think that thousands were paid for this clumsy drawing with no sense or reason?

This painting is lacking creativity that if I were to find out what it costs it would not just hurt my spirit, it would stab hard into my soul and drain out all my faith and from that day on I will be dead inside.I would hate artists likesCollins Thinktank Okello

Here is the painting.


I mean, what the fuck, right?

It makes no sense. Okay, when I grab at the corners of my head and squeeze hard and try to find a way of figuring out what is going on, the most I can come up with is that some modern woman is using a traditional mortar and pestle in wrong way with the head of the pestle facing up.

But that is not the only thing I can notice, the woman in this art piece seems to be just posing but not doing the actual job. I don’t need to go into further detail. You get the point. I think this painting is stupid.

I’m not one of those people who dismiss everything they don’t understand as stupid. Usually, I can appreciate that just because I don’t get the joke, that doesn’t mean the joke is not funny. Just because I don’t get the point that doesn’t mean no point exists. But usually, I need to at least see that some effort went into creating the thing I don’t understand. However, look at this shit. The guy can’t even bring the message in his art piece. No modern woman would do such job with her ‘expensive’ jewelry-look at her necklace. What about her expensive Derra  (I doubt this spelling) dress?

NASA coalition is not based on any ideology

I googled NASA and this pictured appeared

NASA is a loose coalition of Kenya’s political parties which seeks to win the position of presidency come 2017.  Its structural political platform comprises six political parties, some expired leaders, and elements from the NGO world, but devoid of a policy alternative except to say they want to see Jubilee out of power.
As for the alliance itself, it is not a new outfit because many of the leaders save for Raila Odinga are well known for not having any significant and countrywide or even regional grassroots following, or active dynamism to drive up voter enthusiasm, and therefore will be easy to be handled and neutralized. In addition, the NASA coalition is still struggling to articulate and demonstrate what its centerpiece entails, and it is difficult to determine who among them will emerge as the victor in this game of chicken.
In my view, NASA is a convergence of convenience because it is not based on any ideology, principles or common belief, but founded on the ambition to replace Jubilee. Due to large egos it is almost certain that if Raila, Kalonzo or indeed Wetangula doesn’t get its leadership, they will disrupt it at both the national,County and constituency levels. Already Mudavadi has owned it, and clearly Wetangula will be forced out to Jubilee where he naturally belongs. With western  community as their possible donor it appears that the main motive of most leaders in the alliance is to tap into the money coming from the donors. Already, the alliance members have been vacillating from extreme to extreme, and their pendulum is swinging so fast that they leave their supporters and admirers confused. A month Wetangula launched his Presidential bid it appears that it has been consigned to the dung heaps as no one in CORD refers to it anyway.
Meanwhile, the respective entities in the alliance are not doing much by way of active political mobilization on the ground to gain electoral strength which is critical for victory however modest. Some opposition elements who were dead politically are gaining from the proposed Coalition. The consequence of this NASA thing is that individual parliamentary, County, Gubernatorial and Ward aspirants ascribing to  it will be left on their own to face the Jubilee machinery and the result is almost certain, a decisive victory for the later especially considering its countrywide achievement on policy implementation that is beginning to transform the lives of the majority of Kenyans in significant ways. The Jubilee under President Uhuru Kenyatta practices a non-zero-sum politics, where cooperation is crucial and consensus is critical, and compassion and empathy are considered civic virtues.
NASA is more like elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, water hogs, hyenas, lions, crocodiles, snakes, monkeys and frogs emerging from bushes and converging on a muddy drying stream in search of water. Therefore, the momentum is already on and president Uhuru will as a matter of fact sail to victory with a convincing majority across the country come 2017. This is the right time to hand a decisive defeat to this bunch of quislings.

Dear Journalism Graduates, Calm Down, You’re Not Yet Journalists 

I am in a way, writing this letter to all young Journalists, as well as to myself. Consider this a note from this dear writer.

It amazes me whenever I find young Journalist who’ve just graduated from University moving around with a sense of entitlement. They feel they ought to join a company and immediately get bestowed with the title of “Editor”, “Editorial Manager”, or “Beaurue Chief.” Many are hungrier for titles than they are for skills. Many of them have not yet done the real work of Journalist. All they have to show are their degrees earned after four years of rote memorisation.

I want to say it with a sting that; “Just because you graduated with a Journalism Degree, doesn’t make you a Journalist.” You don’t become a Journalist by going through the structured world of University.

I was at an event a few months back when someone asked for Journalists to stand up and be part of a certain project. A few young Journalism students who are awaiting graduation were the first to stand up and offer to lead the project. I was happy for their confidence and self-belief, yet another part of me wanted to cut their bluff and make it clear to them how they were not yet Journalists.

Many young Journalist constantly complain that no company is willing to take them on even after they presented their Resumes. Those who are lucky to get jobs are annoyed when they are sent down to work as Field Reporters. Some assume that they should simply land in an organization and immediately be given titles such as; “Managing Editor” Not to say that young Journalists don’t deserve these titles, but they must work for them and the surest way to do this is to work from the bottom-up.

So for the sake of young Journalists who have graduated or are about to graduate, I will offer my tips, and gentle advice. Consider me as an elder brother trying to clear your minds of all the illusions.

1.Your lecturers were not Journalist so most of their lectures were detached from reality

One of the biggest failures of our education system is the fact that people who have never done things are the ones trying to teach people to do things. Until I had started practicing Journalism, I vowed never to write a single word about Journalism.I am the guy who loves to learn based on the realities on the ground. So everything I advocate for, must be practical. Why then do we have people who have never started a business or managed one, lecturing students in business administration or entrepreneurship? Why do we have people who have never practiced as Journalists being responsible for producing the future Journalists of the country? Would you want to have a home dog lecturing a puppy on the laws of hunting in the wild? So to you dear young graduate, yes you learnt the basic principles of Journalism graduated with that degree, but that doesn’t make you a Journalist. Until you’ve worked 10,000 hours in the field, only then should you claim to be one.

2.Contrary to popular opinion, Journalism graduates are not in short supply, and the jobs are scarce

Many people joined Journalism Schools under the false hopes that the jobs were a sure deal. They were humbled the moment they completed their last paper to find out that there were more graduates than jobs. Secondly, you are no special flake. There are more Journalists out in the real world, most of them with Second-class upper degrees as you. So what makes you think that you should have the job instead of them? Fight for your place.

3. You must work out from Scratch

It is once in a while that you find examples where a Journalism graduate gets a job and is immediately made leader. Instead, you are going to have to work your way up from the ground. You will have to join the field Reporters and get yourself dirty and taste teargas(yes our police oflate have perfected the art of being brutal to journos) accumulating real skills. Sometimes, you will keep questioning why you had to suffer with that Journalism English. One advise, don’t let that discourage you. That’s just a furnace to harden and anneal you as a Journalist. So take heart. Build those practical skills, and become a good Journalist.

4. Your Passion Is More Important Than Anything

You may get a job that pays you well, but all that is just a side effect. The most important thing for a young Journalist is passion. Passion is the garden for persistence and persistence is the nutrient for the people who eventually win. There are going to be many times as a young Journalist when you will harbor thoughts of quitting. But your passion will be the one voice that will convince you to hang in there. Make sure you really love this path. Because if you don’t, when it gets hard, you will definitely drop off, especially when you may have to work longer hours than your friends.

5. The Soft Skills May Actually Matter More Than the Hard Ones

Networking skills, negotiation skills, marketing skills, presentation skills, communication skills, writing skills and above all, emotional intelligence matter more than anything you were taught at University. You will find that emotional intelligence is handier at a workplace than your IQ. Kindly build these skills; they will get you moving faster than your counterparts.

6. Self-Awareness Matters More Than Anything In The Field

Please and please, this is the most important of them all. “Know yourself” said Socrates. Just because everyone is doing something at work doesn’t imply you too, should do the same. Know yourself. Leverage your strengths. It is of no use becoming a fish trying to climb a tree that will be preparing your life for regret and misery. Are you a fish or you’re a monkey? Don’t focus on your weakness; everyone is already playing that role for you. Your only responsibility is to focus on your strengths.

7. You are a liability to many employers

Even though you think you are an asset to the employers, many of them view young graduates as liabilities. Many of them know that by giving you a job, they will also take two more years investing money in training you on things that Universities were supposed to teach you but didn’t. The things that matter in the workplace were not actually taught to you. Nobody taught you how to prioritize at work, which meetings to attend and which ones to cancel. Nobody teaches a Journalism student the concepts of lean management. I have not seen it happen in any leading Kenyan University.

8. Prepare to Learn Much As Fast As Possible

The workplace is not a University, so prepare your brain for another journey of learning on the job. And you must learn as fast as possible. Your boss doesn’t want to teach you the same thing more than two times. They want to show it to you once and be expected to do it excellently the next time. This is a challenge for young journalists, but you must have the resilience and be a constant learning machine.

9. Be Prepared To Cry Sometimes on Your Own and Develop A Thick Skin

Work can be challenging. And if it is not challenging, then you are not growing, kindly tender in your resignation and look elsewhere. If you never doubt yourself constantly, if you never contemplate quitting in those first days, rest assured you are not growing. But if the reverse happens, then be happy, you are in the right place, develop that thick skin. In the beginning days as a young Journalist, the work-life balance will be more of a myth.

10. Don’t Lose Sight of the Big Picture

I think this is the most important thing for every young Journalism graduate. Don’t lose your imagination. Don’t let the system to eat you up. Keep those big dreams, keep those ideals. Don’t let the older minds to poison you. Don’t conform. Keep that little rebel alive. Above all, don’t let the short-term blind you to the long term. Remember, you are working in the background to build those highlights that everyone glosses over when they think of a Journalist.

And in case you want to always keep in touch, we can always touch base over a drink or two. And share more learnings. Even I, after these many months, I am still learning. Every day is a humbling experience for me. The more I know, the more I realize that I know nothing. One last thing, you may always feel like you are the dumbest person in the room. But you’re not, even the older Journalists are more confused than you are, and have their own doubts. Those thoughts are normal.

I sign out….
Adopted from Ian Ortega’s letter to Engineers

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