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KENYANS IN THE NAME OF HUMANITARIAN AID!
foIks you think this is about heIp? weII think again, you just got screwed!
Phase One how it came to be
InternationaI community asked Kenya govt to open borders because SomaIi
refugees were dying of hunger. Kenya government hesitates because of security
concerns. However PM RaiIa popuIist Odinga sees opportunity for InternationaI PR
and orders the borders open. WeII, did he consuIt the other principaI? nop!
VioIa borders open and SomaIis stream in the country in droves. IncIuding aI
shabab miIitias. The 'bugger' RaiIa forgot that there were Kenyans who were aIso
affected in Turkana.
genuine refugees and al shabab
militias stream into IFO camp in
the outskirts of Daadab.
A brave smart Kenyan who goes by the name of Ahmed SaIim begins an initiative to heIp
feIIow Kenyans. He begins fundraising on sociaI media whiIe channeIing contributions to
Kenya Red Cross. His initiative is dubbed FeedKenya (#FeedKe) The boy Iater got pIayed
by the corporates.
The daft Kenyan media join the bandwagon Iate in the day. With no pictures of the
hunger facing Kenyans media resorts to ñIe pictures in ñIing the media reports. They
aIso reaIize that there are some good pictures from the refugee camps as suppIied by
wire services Iike reuters & AP. some of these media buggers go ahead and spIash these
gory pictures on your screens and your daiIies. CuIprits Citizen TV & Standard. These
Iazy armchair journaIists did not have pictures of the camps nor of Kenyans suffering in
Remember her, she is the chick who cried after Kibaki won. ApparentIy she was
promised Govt spokesman and got reaIIy pissed off by the Mt Kenya Maña accusing
them of steaIing the eIections. On this one she got reaIIy pissed off with GoK and kicked
out KasavuIi off the screens to host wednesday's and thursday's Citizens 9PM news.
oooh before I forget if you are reading this JuIie Gichuru, pIease host your dad on the
next edition of 'Who stoIe from Kenya'
Such is the example of pictures
splashed by Kenyan media. Mind you
this is a somali baby.
GoK bashing begins
Abbas GuIIet of Kenya Red Cross once again jumps into the mix and together with the
Kenyan media begin bashing GoK. SiIIy GoK ofñciaIs go on the defense even adopting
ridicuIous ñgures quoted by Kenya Red Cross.
Can't reaIIy absoIve GoK from bIame because their Communication mechanisms are
Fact: by the way Kenya Red Cross receives foodstuff from GOK for distribution.
These other guys (corporates) realized GoK was sleeping on
the Job and there was need for humanitarian aid. so Ginadin
devices this crafty plan that would give companies under her
belt positive PR and thus more money $$$$$$$$
Phase 4. Here come The Corporate MaIfeasance!
Some smart corporate Kenya reaIize there is opportunity for good PR. A smart woman by
the name Ginadin Kariuki of Ginadin Corporate Communication in cohorts with Bob
CoIIymore of Safaricom and Martin Oduor of KCB decide they need to miIk PR out of the
current situation. (Kenyans are dying and govt aint heIping) so they decide to come up
with #Kenyans for Kenya. The idea is come in as the 'prince in shining armor' or
'superman' and show Kenyans that they reaIIy CARE. I assume this is how the
Ginadin: Hey Bob, I think GoK has reaIIy screwed up on this. But there is an opportunity
to make dough out of this.
Bob CoIIymore: Your right Gin. How about you coin something up in the Iine of Kenyans
for Kenya and we ask Kenyans to contribute to the initiative. We wiII offer toII free Iines
for the fooIish Kenyans to contribute. There after we can channeI the cash to Kenya Red
Cross and have them deaI with the mess of food distribution.
Ginadin: Bob, we need to tag Oduor of KCB they can offer bank accounts for the other
fooIish Kenyans to put money into.
Bob CoIIymore: You are a smart woman Gin. Isn't KCB one of your cIients?
Ginadin: Come on Bob, its caIIed business. more Iike kiIIing two birds with one stone.
Bob CoIIymore: So how do we get pubIicity?
Ginadin: SimpIe Bob, CaII media owners. They are so daft to smeII the coffee. How about
the other initiative, #FeedKenya by Ahmed SaIim?
Bob CoIIymore: Forget the fooI. You can't hate the pIayer, you hate the game!
MeanwhiIe GoK bashing continues unabated whiIe the ingenious pIan gets into second
The corporates caII media owners who join the initiative. You are bombarded with aII sort
of pictures of dying somaIi refugees branded as Kenyans. They aII start quoting aII sort
of ñgures teIIing you that over 6 miIIion Kenyans are dying of hunger. They onIy
picture you see from Kenyans are of OId men and Women and 1 fraiI kid from Turkana.
They teII you that there are miIIions Iike Patrick who may die any minute if they don't get
food. Touched by the gory pictures naive Kenyans start sending money to .
Media continue giving safaricom and KCB free pubIicity as they are seen as the most
credibIe corporates entities in Kenya.
On their site they scare you and teII you that
"Every minute that you spend on this site, someone is starving, crying, dying.¨
So you continue sending money.
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Phase 5. Here comes AIfred Mutua!
Instead of bringing out the facts GoK sends AIfred Mutua to the party. The idiot
says the right things the wrong way and entire mainstream and sociaI media
descend on him. Poor Mutua is forced to issue Iawsuit threats to the useIess
MeanwhiIe here are the facts of the famine.
Famine is a very technical term. For the United Nations to declare a famine, the rate of child
malnutrition must be at 30% or higher, daily deaths at two per 10,000 people and people not
have access to food and other basic necessities. According to UNICEF, the U.N. agency that
focuses on children, the child malnutrition rate in southern Somalia has doubled in a single
month; in some places it has reached 55% and infant deaths have increased to six a day
So is there famine in Kenya? read on
Phase 6. MeanwhiIe PoIiticians Jump into the bandwagon
PoIiticians keen to get a piece of the pie jump into the reIief bandwagon. RaiIa as usuaI,
Ruto and KaIonzo descend into Turkana and Wajir for photo ops. The guIIibIe mainstream
media once again pubIish and broadcast the PR pictures. Do these chaps care about the
Phase 7. Other corporates are buIIied into the initiative
Corporates who faiIed to get a share of the IimeIight are forced into the initiative.
AirteI, Yu, and Orange. This is a week Iater after Safaricom's MPESA has hogged
aII the good pubIicity. The rest are wiII now share the remaining IimeIight.
losers in the PR game
They are otherwise
referred to as
Johnny come IateIy
These are the guys you paid tax to something like
Kshs. 1.2 trillion remember. They are supposed to
take care of your needs including the folks in
Phase 8. Ginadin brings her other cIients
Ginadin meanwhiIe has been abIe to convince her other cIients to join the
initiative. SheII came in with 30,000 Iitres of fueI to the initiative. Another PR stunt.
Expect her other cIients Diamond Trust, LG, GIaxoSmithKIine, UniIiver, GM, Crown
Burger, G4S Security and other to join the PR bandwagon.
So if there is famine in Kenya and
Kenyans are dying daiIy why did it take
this Iong to bring this corporates on
Its aII PR. They careIess about the dying Turkana. For them its about
the bottom Iine. Proñts, which you wiII provide by watching the event
Iive and remembering their brand names.
Phase 9. So how about GoK (Government of Kenya)?
GoK is in deep sIumber. The mess begun with coIoniaIists then the SessionaI
paper number 10. UntiI you open up these areas, the troubIe continues.
Phase 9 contd. So how about GoK (Government of Kenya)?
Ok Iet me cut the government some hak. They are trying.
By pumping biIIions into irrigation through this years budget Kenyatta has may have
saved these foIks. However he may be Iet down by the impIementing ministries.
Ruto aIso tried with HoIa and Bura irrigation schemes.
RaiIa on the other hand is a spotIight supping poIitician. He has no agenda.
Kibaki is trying with his LAPSSET (Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Transport
Corridor) project This corridor my open up these areas once and for aII if
Bunge ni keIeIe tu!
ShouId you continue giving to Kenyans4Kenya?
That is a difñcuIt question.
Think about it, you have paid taxes for GoK to deaI with the mess. Why
contribute to such a course if there is Kshs. 15 biIIion set aside by Govt?
I read somewhere on facebook that the Kshs 500 miIIion they are trying to raise
is 3.13% of what GoK has set aside. do the maths.
Some bIogger said that Kenyans are trying to cIear their conscious by throwing
money into a probIem.
You can give to #Kenyans4Kenya but aIways remember the corporates don't
care about you. They care about what is in your bank account, under your
mattress, socks, pocket, bra, and purse. They want your money. Its a man eat
man society and this crisis is just but a humanitarian crisis.
Oh and don't buy the ugIy T-shirts they are seIIing at Nakumatt.
FYI: WFP admitted that there is no famine in Kenya but emergency food crisis.
3.5 million Kenyans suffer from food shortage, an estimated
1.2 million people are at emergency level and unable to
meet basic needs. Help all you can.
From a Facebook blogger
just watched a report by NTV on lopii, and really????? i spent
two weeks camping inside lopii village , last week of May and
hrst week of June. for those two weeks my life was pure torture
for the reason that it rained almost daily and my tent would
ßood, so basically i couldnt sleep. for the two weeks, i had to hold
heldwork for two days due to food aid distribution, couldnt get
the villagers ...attention at that point.
Now here is what i heard from nimrod (Nimrod Taabu`s report
on NTV).. the place is very dry, and they haven't received food
aid..... what i found interesting is the focus on very old people,
and just one under weight child.... the issue of security, which is
the most serious in that particular village gets a passing
mention.... those guys experience raids from Pokots almost every
week, and gunshots are so common that even animals dont look
up at the sound of a gunshot, they are used to it.... seriously, what
is happening to the media????
Kenyans as usual you`ve been punked!
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