I have never really understood the reason for wanting to be rich by means of corruption.
How do these people feel afterwards? I think something big must die in a person for him to become rich through corruption. Money seems everything when you don’t have it, once you have it in abundance you realize the emptiness.
I always tell my brothers Mustafa Mohammed and Otoi Damian never make it a goal to get money rather make it a goal to change people’s lives. Someone may ask what about the reward? The reward always finds its way in money, recognition and respect.
Think of Steve Jobs of Apple , Bill Gates of Microsoft , Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook & other people who became wildly wealthy, they did not pursue money but pursued solving man’s problems.
If today one of us pursue cure for HIV/Aids would they not become wildly rich? But the pursuit was not money but solving a problem.
In my beloved county, we can do the same, by investing to solve the problem Tanarian facing collectively rather a stomach and few class of people. Tana has tremendous problems in health, education, infrastructure, socioeconomic and peaceful coexistence.
Tana is amongst poorest and marginalised counties in kenya since independent. 50+ years down the line, we still demand and talk about scarcity of water, education and health facilities.
These problems are widen by the last regime by introducing a class of overnight millionaires, whereby the money allocated deserving citizenry goes to individuals pockets.
A local CEC, CHIEF OFFICER, MCA or who earns less than kshs 300,000/= can afford to build skyscraper house cost over fiver, ten or twenty millions within first year, second or thirds in office, own a flit of cars, and do many fundraising. Whilst in our hospitals and education centres are in deteriorating and unwanted conditions. Our students are performing below average, National ranking we are number 47/47. Our University students are deferring semesters due to school fees.
We have a district / Level 4 or 5 hospitals who can’t make proper diagnosis, lack proper laboratories and can not conduct surgical interventions of major emergencies in our areas and have no referral facilities from the local smaller health facilities. Forget about level 1,2 and 3.
In revenue collection Tana River County was number 47/47 because Tana is the only county In Kenya where revenue collectors collects cash from Taxpayers instead of paying via tile number or bank account. As a taxpayer, and I’m not sure, if that money will reach relevant account not someone pocket.
Look at neighbouring counties Garissa, Lamu, and Kilifi people pay through tile or bank account. This is one main reason why? we are lowest revenue collection In Kenyan. Imagine, Tana River County collected revenue lower Lamu County and the budget of Lamu is a third of our budget. Bad governance and poor leadership is killing this County.
Before devolution, we used to blame national government our misfortune, I wonder whom shall we blame now!? Our true son and daughters hold County offices and doing worse than national government when it came to service deliver.
For those of individualistic who always think I’m after interest, sent by someone or have political ambition. Today I’m declaring my interest as Kenya, Tanarian and taxpayers. My interest is betterment of Tanarian and to be treated equally in resource allocation, job opportunity, service delivery to all regardless of our creed, ethnicity, origin, social status, political party and Faith.
This is my interest, the interest I stand, advocate and willing to defend and die for.
As I draw my curtail, let’s STOP by seeing your as a member from this or community and learn to accept one and other.
Let’s build the Tana we all dream.
Thank you in advance.
God bless you.
God bless Tana River.
God bless you.