“For they sleep not, except they have done mischief;
and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.” Proverbs 4:16.
It seems that the government is dead serious on taxing, and taxing each and every cent that we earn. We are one of the highly taxed people in the world; we pay tax on almost everything. I thought that after the storm that the NHIF deductions increase had raised when it unilaterally raised the monthly contributions, lessons would be learnt. NHIF has vaguely indicated that the new exorbitant rates are to take effect from 1st October, 2012. It is a time-honoured tradition that unions be the vanguard for workers rights. We must thank the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) led by the ebullient Francis Atwoli and the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) ably led by the placid Madame Betty Maina have earned their stripes for the firm stand that they have taken, that we Kenyan workers will not part with even a single cent of our hard-earned monies to fund luxurious lives and pay allowances for wolves. I and believe that these are Kenyans who care about Kenyans and will never go to bed with the government to oppress people. History is being made; this is a new Kenya not Moi’s Kenya and the tide is turning.
It is plausible to assume that those pushing for this increase are people in “government”, people who do not know how we have to tighten our belts, to make do with the little that we can get so as to make our ends meet courtesy of high taxation by this same government. This explains the reason why leadership is lacking in the persons of Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, Martha Karua, Prof. James Ole Kiyapi and others who are unusually quiet while they ask us to trust that they will deliver once in office. We are sorry; we are not in the business of blind trust. The NHIF wants to push on with the “outright legal stealing” ignoring the fact that workers from education to healthcare sectors are on strike pushing for better pay and working conditions. If these are the people we are voting for the presidency, my long-held conviction that we as a people are doomed to live in peril if do not choose wisely will come to pass. But those who support impunity must know that corrupt men and women have been served notice by our juridical arm, Kenyan criminal jurisprudence is flexing its muscles as evidenced by the jailing of Sylvester Mwaliko, Dr. Ong’onga Achieng’, Rebecca Nabutola and their accomplices for corruption. Those who escape the axe of the judiciary will meet their fate at the ballot box, what befell the old KANU will befall the new KANU.
We should make it our mission to elect only those people who have shown connectivity to our cause. All those vying for the presidency are people who in their private lives away from the camera perhaps think and act like Mitt Romney who believes that majority of the people are boneless leeches who should not be helped while in the public they put on a different façade pretending that they care and are for the people. If this is not the case, why do most of the have the infatuation with dead people while they create the environment which brings about the deaths? These creepy people in government who we have entrusted with the power of the state machinery are apt to buy coffins for those killed in road carnage but they will not talk about improvement of our healthcare infrastructure. They have high dreams but cannot attain simple goals, talk of building cancer treatment complexes when they cannot even provide malaria treatment drugs. We must try as much as possible to expose them.
NHIF does very little and has little to show for the money we “donate” to it and it defies logic as to why it would want more. We are not fools to throw good money after bad money and I therefore urge all the peaceful and patriotic Kenyans to boycott even remitting the Kshs. 320 we have been willingly donating to the wind. President Kibaki, a diligent man of high educational intelligence must know that public sentiment and discourse is against the new NHIF rates, he should prevail upon his ministers through their relevant ministries to see that Kenyan workers are not robbed by those who should be custodians of their wealth. Failure to act will not absolve him from taking responsibility for his omissions meaning that he may not have any legacy to speak of when he leaves the office in 2013. The unity against these capricious acts of NHIF is unanimous and cuts across all Kenyans against government greed, sleaze and corruption.