Saturday, January 5, 2019

Crimes agains humanity

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Re: [CofekDigest] #2: What the new Finance Law means to you as a consumer

Reading or listening to the local news these days brings so much anger and pain to the Wananchi that it's unbelievable. Our so-called 'elected' government is responsible for this, unfortunately.

We are some of the highest taxed people on this planet, yet we are a developing country with over 50% of the citizens unemployed and/or living below the poverty line. We also do not get all the services that we pay for through our high taxation system. My question is - WHY?

In fact, we get persecuted instead! Let me elaborate....

Starting in full swing a couple of  months ago, this government suddenly woke up to the fact that a lot of it's public land had been misappropriated and 'developed' and decided, as it usually does, that it should all be returned. 

So, how did it start doing this? Not by going to the root of the problem, i.e., by taking the crooked 'officials' amongst themselves who acquired this questionable land and then sold it to the public as well as the so-called 'town-planners' who, despite knowing that this was questionable land, continued to pass plans for residential and commercial buildings. The buyers of these parcels of land do not necessarily know that what they are buying or investing in is 'public' property. Very few do know, in fact. 

Therefore, by demolishing buildings, the government is punishing people who are most likely innocent of any wrong doing and most will be financially ruined since they would have invested their savings in buying property. 

So, why has this government victimized the buyers only and NOT the sellers and the ones who passed the plans? Very selective, I feel and not at all JUST!

Next, the government has been borrowing for various so-called projects, it claims, without the wananchi knowing all the details and not necessarily with their approval and is now suffering from a huge debt which it needs back to pay pronto. Guess who is at the receiving end of the 'solution'? Yes, we the wananchi, of course! And how is this govt., planning to do this? Of course, by taxing us. 

So, they've passed a VERY UNJUST finance bill taxing an already over-taxed mwananchi, most of whom are unemployed and find it near impossible to lead a decent life. 

I noticed something very interesting in the way the taxes have been enumerated. The one thing that taxes have been drastically reduced for is betting, i.e. gambling. My question to GoK is - is it trying to encourage gambling?! A vice which will ruin some more lives, no doubt.

And as I write this, I've just found out that KRA is going to be fishing into our bank accounts, especially those of us who file 'no returns', to tax what we have in the bank. 

This government is on its way to taxing its citizens to  death all under the spurious label of 'development', for they cannot see or appreciate conditions of life of the majority of this land. They are too high and mighty to even begin to understand....

And to add insult to injury, we are also arrogantly being told to leave if we don't like it. We would, if there was another place than this which we could call home. We are THAT fed up!


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The controversial passage of President Uhuru Kenyatta's memorandum after rejecting the Finance Bill means that Government may raise Sh130 billion in taxes up to end of June, 2019 …

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Monday, September 17, 2018

The VOK dumpsite and other environmental hazards within Mombasa County

Those of us who live in the North Coast of Mombasa and in particular the ones who are compelled to live and work around the above  mentioned dumpsite are suffering from all kinds of illnesses. 

Thanks to the County Govt. who moved the dumpsite from Kibarani, which was a real eye and nose sore and a very shameful site right at the entrance of Mombasa. It was a very unwelcome sight for ANYBODY entering Mombasa County. 

After YEARS of complaints, this questionable place was finally and 'officially' closed, but an equally questionable and horrible one is now being used as a (according to the County officials), temporary dumpsite on the main Mombasa/Malindi road. I  won't call it a highway for it is NOT. It is yet to become one...

This route is used by everyone heading to anywhere further north along the coast of Kenya. Which means that citizens, residents and tourists ply this road and suffer the same consequences that they did when the dumpsite was situated at Kibarani. The letter below is from the Nyali MP regarding this same issue. Nothing has yet been done.
There was another one written by the County to the residents promising to clear the dumpsite within a day or two, but it is now several weeks and NOTHING has been done. This was written on the 30th of  August 2018. As per below.

Unfortunately, this site is smack in the middle  of residential areas as well as businesses and therefore a health hazard. 

The County, instead of clearing it has taken to  burning this HUGE pile of mixed garbage, while at the same time preaches to residents not to burn their garbage on pain of fines and persecution. So why the double standards?

People who live around this dumpsite are suffering from respiratory ailments, etc., and all kind of pests have started to  invade their homes.

Is this County really a responsible one who cares for its citizens' well-being? Why doesn't it keep its word of clearing the dumpsite as its effects are worse than the ones felt at Kibarani? And as per our MP's letter, it seems that the Central government, is also incapable of doing anything! And business continues as usual..... 

I wonder if this email will have the required effect or impunity will continue?!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Illegal destruction of private property and possession!

Joho you have gone too far in this...justice will be done.

His Excellency the President of Kenya (President Uhuru Kenyatta)

Dear Sir

My family and I reside in USA. Before we went to USA we bought a house in Kizingo Mombasa where we stayed as a family from the beginning of February 1982.
When going to USA we left Tenants in different wings of the building. I send my wife Judy Miriga to Kenya to go and do some renovations and repairs on the buildings in May 2015. In the process she hired some people to clean the main house and hand over the door keys to our land agent Mr Lawrence Nyongesa who is also a Tenant at the other wing of the house after cleaning. I paid them by Western Union Money Transfer through Lawyer William Onyango Wameyo Associates of Mombasa for the work done. One of the workers by the name Ochieng Mapengo after cleaning the house went away with the door keys and came back one week later telling the Tenants that my wife Judy did not pay him Ksh. 3,000,000/= (Shillings three millions ). From that time he started harassing and terrorizing our Tenants claiming the whole plot and the buildings belonged to him. That forced me and my wife to come to Kenya to correct the situation on 14th February 2018. On the 16th February 2018 High Court of Kenya, Mombasa gave us a temporary Injunction Order signed by Judge Omollo restraining Ochieng Mapengo and all his agents from trespassing, demolishing parts of the building, destroying or cutting down trees, or in any way dealing with the suit land known as Plot No. 622 Allotment letter No. 75892/XIX pending hearing and the determination of this application for a period of 17 days. This gave him a chance for a hearing to defend himself or raise any question or objection if he was against the Court Order.
We pasted copies of the Court Orders at the main entrance gate and three more on each external doors and we hand delivered the other to our regular Tenants in the other separate rooms in the compound.
After getting the information of the pasted court orders at the premises, he came to the plot and removed and destroyed all the Court Order from the gate and doors and threw them a way and sat at the main gate waiting for us or any police to come.
On 5th March 2018 three days before the Court date of 8th March 2018 he organized with some senior Officers from Mombasa County Government who came with Lorries, the bulldozers and County Workers of about 36 people at around 6.0 p.m. and 8.0 p.m. and forcefully vacated our Tenants and immediately demolished our entire houses at the plot that very night leaving our Tenants under no roof in rain at night. That same evening at around 10.00 p.m., Abubakar Joho brother to Governor Hassani Ali Joho of Mombasa came in the compound to confirm that the house is flattened. The Mombasa Central Police refused to take action arguing that the Order was not addressed to them. To-date Ochieng Mapengo and the Abubakar Joho the elder brother of the Mombasa County Government, Governor Ali Hassan Joho has taken control of our Compound plot after flattening our house and are keeping Security Guards at the gate with Ochieng Mapengo as the supervisor to keep my agents away since we are out of the Country and no arrest or any charges can be made.
What happened is unacceptable and a very serious criminal act in nature. It is an economic sabotage and a social danger and tension to ordinary family like ours. We are therefore writing this letter appealing to your Government to take this matter seriously with immediate action and intervene to protect us from this cruel, brutal and malicious act of the oppressor so that we can recover our loses and damages to our buildings and plot.
We remain to hear from you with the most utmost urgency it deserves.
Thank you in advance
Fred, Judy, Miriga and Family.
C.C. The USA Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

The above account was sent to me by a friend who lives in Canada and it's highly disgusting! Do we really have any laws to speak of in this country? 

And the cops are so partisan that they refused to write a report...?!

Can justice be done, please?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Kenya Power and it's questionable 'services'...

After my last email written a few hours ago when we had an outage and I was writing using my battery, the power came back after about half an hour yet got no apology or explanation nor an answer to my numerous calls to ALL the relevant Kenya Power employees which includes some senior staff based in Nairobi and whose addresses you will find above in the recipients list.

One wonders why they don't answer our calls. One major reason I think is because they do not want to answer our 'difficult' questions. And why would they find our questions difficult to answer? Most likely because they don't have a good answer and/or they think that we are not capable of understanding their 'official' jargon. Or to put it bluntly, they believe us to be stupid. But, it might also be that their answers will lead to more questions which they believe we should not be asking them...?!

And as I  write this, we are again suffering from fluctuations and considering the weather has now changed and it's overcast and raining, this will  be a good time for us to have another massive outage (after all, the last 2 days, we've had these hours long outages just around this time), with no accountability or explanations from this disgusting power company!

Start working in an accountable and responsible manner, Kenya Power.

And please remember, next time don't ever tell us to have patience because every Tom, Dick, Harry and Jane out there who gives us their questionable 'services' are all telling to do exactly that and we are very FED UP of hearing this one sentence over and over again repeated by incompetent 'service providers'!

Kenya Power is taking its customers for granted...

Since the 16th of October, we, in Nyali have been having more than our 'fair' share of fluctuations and outages. 

One would think that we are going back in time to when Nyali residents were suffering from these issues on a daily basis umpteen times a day!!!

And after our so-called scheduled 'maintenance outage' on the 18th of October, things have gone even worse for want of a better word. In fact, intolerable. When we call these employees of  Kenya Power, and IF we can get through, the one standard reply we get is to observe patience and that is IT!

Unfortunately, we are very fed up of this reply not just from this service company, but it is used by ALL the so-called service providers to cover up their inefficiency and incompetence. What do these people think we are? That's when they give us such a blanket statement, we will be satisfied? 

As I write this, we've lost power, yet again!

We have been losing power every single day  for  HOURS on end!

We are now without power again and NOBODY from this awful company is picking their phones, either...., including their superiors!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Campaign racket

As I  write this, we, in this residential area of Nyali (near Cinemax), are being inundated with an unbelievably ear-splitting campaign racket coming from the main road. This happens EVERY SINGLE DAY come rain, hail or shine. 

We, the residents are least interested in this kind of 'banana republic type' of campaigning that our useless, brainless and idiotic so-called politicains have of trying to get themselves votes from us.

Since we cannot engage them with our questions on what they stand for, etc., most of us WILL NOT BOTHER TO vote for such insensitive and disturbing politicians, most of whom are a 'recycled' lot who care NOTHING for law and order or justice!

Can the present, nearly on the way out (hopefully), politicians still holding office, please do their final service to the residents of Mombasa by getting rid of these noise polluters, please?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Irresponsible KPLC!

Our power company is quite irresponsible not to mention unaccountable. Of course, since the company is made up of employees, it is these that give the company  a bad name.

I have been calling them since the 2nd week of June regarding a fallen concrete power pole at the corner of Eldama Ravine rd. and Parklands Ring rd. both of which have been under construction since over a year in Nairobi, but NOTHING has been done about it......, yet.

This pole is obstructing traffic as it is smack at a corner and part of it in the middle of the road with wires sticking out at one end which can hurt someone and/or damage cars if they are not careful. As it is, the roads under construction are already creating problems for road users in the area and this fallen power pole is adding to it. If anybody wants to view it, it is outside Mystique Gardens.

Though this road is supposed to be a two way road, drivers and pedestrians have to be extremely careful they don't hit those sticking out wires! Also, there is added danger at night since all of these roads have no street lights and if was not for the private residences, etc., who illuminate the area after dark by having lights along their perimeter walls and gates, this pole and the awful roads under construction since over a year, would be reporting disasters every so often.

What is the matter with the KPLC engineer of this area, Mr. Daniel Okumu, who has been assuring me umpteen numbers of times that they are going to remove it, but still has not done so?

When I first contacted him, he told me that they would have a look at it. One wonders what he meant by this.... Is it an adverse tourist attraction?!

The next time, he told me that he would have it removed, but nothing changed. 

And the last time I talked with him on Thursday, 8th June, he assured me that it would be removed the following day and also told me rudely that I could write about it if I wanted and make him famous, if he had not removed it on Friday!

Well, I am now doing so, in the hope that somebody more responsible than him will take the matter up and have this offensive pole removed as it is a disaster waiting to happen....

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What is wrong with Orange Telkom?

It has been nearly 2 weeks now that in the process of so-called upgrading to 4G, Orange Telkom has only been available on and off on a 'speed' of dial-up or less, if at all!

Trying to get any of their employees to give an explanation on when things will be 'normal', gets one nowhere since they have a habit of not answering their phones. This maybe because, they do not want to tell their customers the truth. I wonder what they are trying to hide....?!

They also, I have been told, do not work on weekends, doesn't matter that the few customers (compared to the other networks), that they still have, cannot reliably connect to the rest of the outside world, i.e. get back to the 21st Century.

So, what happens is total frustration - phones not being answered as well as we cannot reliably connect to the WWW! Because, while doing some work online, one suddenly get disconnected and then starts the saga of trying to switch your computer and modem on/off umpteen numbers of times in the hope that this action will somehow reconnect you to the Internet.

But, in the process, you might have lost a lot of work that you had already done..... not to mention all this leads to a waste of precious time.

What is wrong with  Orange Telkom and WHEN if EVER are they going to be a reliable company?

In fact, while I am writing this, we've gone offline, yet, again....