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Sunday, March 23, 2008

The “Sina Makosa” Grand Coalition And The Mouth-Watering Safaricom IPO

We are going to discuss some very serious business in this post. The problem is that it is bound to upset many of you see-no-evil-hear-no-evil-on-the-coalition faithful dear readers of Kumekucha. Kindly bear with me, my brothers and sisters. It is all nothing but the truth. I have checked and cross-checked my facts and I have confirmed all the sensitive information.

But fortunately, I am not some heartless brute, so to make “the medicine” a little less bitter and unpleasant to take, I have tied this article to African music. I am sure most of you folks out there in the Diaspora love African/Kenyan music and many folks back home too. So do I. My all-time favourite is a Les Wanyika song called Nimaru.

I have a fascinating tale to tell you today about how a hit song destroyed a soul and I was there to witness some of the destruction as it was happening, so I can tell this story first hand.

In my view the late Omar Shaban, of Les Wanyika better known as Prof Omari is the best rhythm guitarist to have ever walked the shores of Eastern Africa and beyond. But many people do not know the story behind the smash hit Les Wanyika song, Sina Makosa.

Actually Prof Omari and bassist Tom Malanga (both Tanzanians playing their music in Kenya then) left Simba Wanyika to form the legendary Les Wanyika together. They were joined by two other fellow Tanzanians namely, John Ngereza and Issa Juma.

To launch the group, they needed to head straight to the recording studios and release a hit. And the song had to be a hit if the new group was to survive. There was hardly time to come up with something new, so Prof Omari dug out an old song that he had composed together with George Kinyonga of Simba Wanyika before he left. The reason why they did not record the song was because it was too similar to another Simba Wanyika song that had been recorded called Diana. That song was Sina Makosa.

Sina Makosa released in 1979, became the smash hit that Les Wanyika and Prof Omari are best remembered for. I watched as the flood of money that poured in from the song completely destroyed Prof Omari. He womanized excessively and he took to drinking more and more potent whisky. Eventually it slowed down his fingers on the guitar. Then followed a power struggle for leadership of the band with the more level headed and equally gifted John Ngereza, which the latter won. Prof Omari left the group briefly but came back shortly after and I watched the latter years of a great rhythm guitarist, a mere shadow of his old self but still a joy to watch and listen to in live performances at the then Bombax Club opposite Kenya Science Teacher’s college.

George Kinyonga could only wring his fingers in agony as he watched the song he had refused to record smashing all records in sales.

Prof Omari passed away in 1997 and John Ngereza followed in 2002.

The words of that hit song that made Prof Omari so much money so suddenly that it destroyed him are very appropriate for the grand coalition government that is now in the process of being formed.

You can listen to Sina makosa HERE.

The main words in the song are;

Wewe unawake nyumbani na mimi ni na wangu nyumbani, chuki ya nini kati ya mimi na wewe. (You have your lover at home and I have mine at home, why is there hatred between us.)

I have impeccable information to the effect that the grand coalition which many Kenyans have placed all their hopes on is all about wacha ni kule hapa na wewe ukule huko, hakuna aja ya chuki kati ya mimi na wewe. (Why don’t you eat there and I eat here, there is no need for hatred between us.)

The first deal is the Safaricom IPO. The owners of the mysterious Mobitelea Ventures (who own 12.5% of Safaricom) are about to make a cool 10 billion shillings from the IPO and my sources assure me that the money will be shared with the principals of PNU and ODM respectively. Indeed many Kenyans were taken by surprise when the ODM leader and Prime Minister designate, Raila Odinga suddenly made a 180 degree turn and said that he had no problem with the Safaricom IPO.

Anybody who cares about Kenya, as a matter of principal should not go anywhere near the Safricom IPO. But alas I am aware that I am shouting myself hoarse for nothing. The same principled Kenyans who are always making noise here and elsewhere about corruption are already rubbing their hands in glee waiting for the mother of all IPOs.

I sincerely believe from the bottom of my heart that the time for us Kenyans to put our money where our mouths are has come.

My humble advice is that before purchasing the Safricom shares, which many of you must buy, come what may, Get a good clean mirror and look at yourself in it. If you do so without blinking, just go out and apply for your shares, but you should never waste our time and yours ever complaining again about our leaders robbing us.

P.S. Here is a question that every keen analyst of Kenyan politics should be asking themselves. The country has recently purchased a lot of police equipment and then there has been an urgency to recruit 10,000 policemen and to get them working as soon as possible by even cutting short their usual 6 month training period. What is all this urgency for? Why should there be any urgency at all and there is a poecae agreement that has been signed?

Think hard my brothers, and without emotion… and then keep you eyes trained on this space. Or get hold of Kumekucha’s raw notes.

7 comments:

Kimi Raikkonen said...

Some of you people are just incredible. When we told you that there was nothing fundamentally different between PNU and ODM you called us all sorts of names.
We told you over and over again it was all about eating, eating, eating and more eating and that ODM was simply a vehicle to get to the Kitchen where the goat was being roasted and the Ugali was being cooked.
Now if you knock at the Statehouse, Raila himself will open the door wearing a Chef's uniform complete with top hat, ask you what you want before slamming the door in your face, and then you are surprised? Just amazing!
Marende has already said there is no way they will reduce MPs salaries because they have to be paid like other prominent Kenyans, because, in his own words, "even other Kenyans like the Barclays Bank CEO earns over Kshs 2million per month". So now the idiot, who is already earning 1.2million per month, thinks MPs should be paid BY TAXPAYERS like Private sector employees even though they only work for two days a week and despite the fact that politicians ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS??!!
You, the dunderhead who REFUSED TO LISTEN, put them there. What do you have to say now? Are you proud?

Anonymous said...

kumekucha!!

before you run off your mouth with your pen yet again!!! we have seen the type of information your pnu source keeps passing to you to discredit Raila yet again!! so we odmers kindly ask you for facts= not theories!!
post them here or else you are just becoming a cheap propaganda blog against Raila odinga which really becomes a sad thing due to the respect we had for your blog before!!kumekuch facts please!! we are waiting post them here - where Raila signed to have share with Kibaki or the mysterious company!!

Do you really believe our leader is so desperate and think to go that route?? think again- you have not read or studied our leader Raila well to come out posting such outrages malicious rumor mongering on your blog!!! next time tell your source to give you proof - let us not cheapen ourselves trying to make people read blogs for greedy reasons?? so I ask?? where does that place the kumekucha blog in the Simba Wanyika song sina makosa?? are your the greedy to be noticed part by posting malicious rumours??? to discredit a person you don't know's character???namely Raila odinga odm leader??

Anonymous said...

well i'm not surprised that kumekucha come out with such a lame theory and claims from a reliable source?? your post smells like PNU operators yet again!! kumekucha you should be ashamed of yourself and look again in your mirror!!who is looking for fame?? the song represents you and your blog?? assassinate people like Raila's character and people will rush to read your blog!!! where i come from that is called cheap propaganda and greed!!
please post here facts or proof- do you think all other odm members would have supported and still do 100% a leader with such a character?? of greed?? nope that is not Raila or any of the odm other top members!!! Kumekucha stop your nastiness on Raila and go back to posting facts and truth which you were good at ones upon a time!! this is cheap propaganda and it does not become your blog!!!

Anonymous said...

well i'm not surprised that kumekucha come out with such a lame theory and claims from a reliable source?? your post smells like PNU operators yet again!! kumekucha you should be ashamed of yourself and look again in your mirror!!who is looking for fame?? the song represents you and your blog?? assassinate people like Raila's character and people will rush to read your blog!!! where i come from that is called cheap propaganda and greed!!
please post here facts or proof- do you think all other odm members would have supported and still do 100% a leader with such a character?? of greed?? nope that is not Raila or any of the odm other top members!!! Kumekucha stop your nastiness on Raila and go back to posting facts and truth which you were good at ones upon a time!! this is cheap propaganda and it does not become your blog!!!

Anonymous said...

Real change will never come from Raila or Kibaki. It is only a new, patriotic generation of leaders full of fresh ideas and untribalistic, progressive minded and worldly, that will lead us to the promised land. Anything elase is a mirage and Kumekucha you are a true nationalist. Viva Kenya in 2012!

Anonymous said...

Kumekucha has clearly put it that the owners of 12.5 % of safaricom shares are unknown, so i guess we are benefiting from the %age that belongs to the GOK so? let them eat their share after all they own 12.5% of the company. And what about the millions of Kenyan Safaricom subscribers? you mean to tell me they should stop using the services since we don't know who owns 12.5% of the firm? Get real im sure you have already put some cash aside to buy part of the loot. give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and unto God what belongs to God. One Luv

Kemmy Creations said...

This is not new, we live in a capitalist world and its all about eating....even in America remember the Gulf War and contracts awarding. It aint going to stop soon. Take any of you to that post and tell me if you will be any different from the current guys.

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