By H Gathu
My dear Kenyan middle class;
If you weren’t at the table when Gulf Energy & Centum negotiated the Kshs 170B Lamu coal power plant project in an area they have absolutely no experience in.
If you weren’t there when Transcentury sold its stake to Egyptian Citadel making 5B from literally nothing with the Kenya Railways deal
If you weren’t signing on the paper when newly formed and acquired Civicon won the $38M deal at Turkana wind energy project.
If you don’t sit on the Board of Twiga, Amboseli, Jetspace or Samburu in Dubai that are beneficiaries of Kshs 1.5B/Annum leasing contracts for your beloved KQ with Boeing and Embraer.
If you aren’t the owner of the unknown shareholding 6.7% of PANG that has the sole digital distribution rights and access to 50B hijacked media advertising revenue
If you aren’t the secret local partner of Chinese shareholder of the shorehandling services in privatization of berth 11 – 14 at the port of mombasa
If you don’t own any of the $6B (Kshs 600B) in building approvals in Nairobi county approved since its inception in 2013.
Then you simply don’t belong. You may think you do but you don’t. You think that if you read the business daily, or listen to bloomberg news or watch CNBC Africa that somehow you are “participating”. That if you are a friend to a friend to a billionaire that somehow you are networked, or if you drink at the same bar or have him on your phonebook that somehow you are part of it as well.
You marvel at these deals and believe that they are somehow from financial ingenuity or extraordinary entrepreneurship completely ignoring state proximity and decades of patronage. You are an outsider, “my guy”. You don’t belong. You are the kid not invited to the party and are standing on a stool at the window trying peek in.
You look at the teachers striking with disdain, you view KNUT and opposition rallies as a “disruption” to your “pay-check to pay-check” life. You accept arguments from state formed billionaires that somehow 288,000 teachers requesting an extra kshs 5000 is completely and utterly unreasonable.
You may feel your fortunes are tied and shared, but trust me they aren’t, you are the KYM that brings the coffee to the table while state patronage in its most resplendent occurs in the conference room. With all due respect, you are stupid.