Why Kibaki should be on Facebook

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I am optimistic. Very optimistic indeed.  Why, you may ask?

An event that occurred last week has put me in this buoyant mood.  It was after President Mwai Kibaki did something he rarely does…  you’ll recall that he convened a news conference.  But, why would that be first-rate news given the torrent of disapproval it generated?

I look at it in positive light since it means the President might call another news conference this week, next week and the week after.  In fact, I believe he will hold regular media briefings until he vacates office.

His news conference last week may have been to set the record straight on an issue that Kenyans – and the world – care little about; but there is every likelihood that his upcoming briefings will tackle issues of national and international scope.

I expect that he will call a news conference this week to make public the report on the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel.  While at it, he will take the trouble to explain why he found it necessary to re-appoint Amos Muhinga Kimunya back into his administration.

Next week, he will hold another news conference and I have a hunch, he will explain to us why it is not realistic to have 50:50 sharing of public service appointments between his Party of National Unity and the Orange Democratic Movement.

Next, he will tell us why some of his ministers (whose portfolios would never put their lives at any risk) have three to four-car motorcades.

The good President, I strongly believe, will then find it necessary to tell us why his government, which was initially voted into office in 2002 on a platform of zero tolerance to corruption, keeps individuals who are synonymous with corruption on its payroll.

The Head of State will also tell us how his government plans to deal with the outlawed Mungiki sect, which is now slaying innocent people in his own backyard of Othaya.

While he’s engaged in imperative issues at the news conferences, I anticipate that handlers of His Excellency will find it prudent to set up a Facebook profile for him.

You see Mr President, on Facebook you can regularly update us about your status.  If you are in a foul mood – or otherwise – someone should be able to keep the public posted on this development within seconds.

Facebook applications are available on mobile phones so they can do it while you are addressing a public rally in Faza Island.  The beauty about this feature is that we can tell how long you’ve been in whatever mood, and can even comment about your updates.

Facebook has it well planned out.  In your profile information, you can tell the world if you are single or married.  When things get sour, status can change from either one of these to: “It’s complicated.”

Have a week free of any complications Mr President.

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  • Andy Jacobsen

    I hear you on this one. Even though I’m not Kenyan, I share in the frustration of your generation. It is a pity that politics can stand in the way of youthful people ascending into high office. I have advice for you and Mr Miller. It’s now NEVER. If he let’s this one go, we get stuck in the same rut. Please insist on this one. PLEASE. You will do many of your generation a huge favour. It is time to rid this country of political patronage.

  • Young Turk

    Miller should not give it up that easy. He and those who are pushing for his appointment should fight it out to the very end. For how long will we just give way for the Kaparo’s,Raila’s and the rest of the wazees. They should go home and look after cattle as Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi once advised former President Moi.

  • Amina Hassan

    Fight to the bitter end Mr Miller. Kenya needs fresh impetus. Do not fail us on this one!

  • Mutua Ndunda

    I get your point Michael. The youth in this country need to go back to the drawing board. We have been beaten on this one but there is a chance to make a difference. Lets get more young people in Parliament. That way, there will be no wazees to fight nominations like that of Mr Miller. Are you prepared to take up the mantle Michael and Co?

  • A.T

    He should let it go. He can fight another day. This is because by the time politicians are through with him, he wont have a name. and as a lawyer, he needs his name to attract clients.

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