In Summary
  • A roadster to Mars and Miguna to Canada. This marks the difference between forward-looking visionary entrepreneurs and backward-looking government officials.
  • While entrepreneurs focus their gaze on the horizon of progress and change, some of our leaders appear to look at the tip of their noses; the gains of immediate power.
  • Democracy without opposition is a contradiction. A democratic president must have someone who says, “I don’t like your ways, I don’t like how you do it, I don’t like you”.
  • The clumsy deportation flouted all court orders. Investigations commenced, progressed and were concluded in less than 24 hours. As Valery Wabungo told me, “I wish the same efficiency had been shown in the Chris Msando, George Thuo and Jacob Juma cases.” She has a point.

What a sharp and sad contrast. On February 6, at the same time, two deportations took place. Miguna Miguna was flown to Canada and Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster was flown to Mars in a 90-million-dollar demo mission.

Musk, a South African-born, North American-trained engineer, has pioneered four amazing corporations. His first big success was PayPal, which he sold for more than a billion dollars.

Musk then set his goal on making a huge positive impact on five key areas: sustainable energy, the internet, making life multi-planetary (by extending life beyond Earth), artificial intelligence and rewriting human genetics. He founded Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity and The Boring Company.

On Tuesday, February 6, at 10:45pm (EAT), SpaceX announced: “Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.”

Falcon Heavy is the most powerful reusable rocket in the world by a factor of two. It has the ability to lift into orbit a mass greater than a Boeing 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.

THINKING BIGGER

Jackie Wattles explains that test flights typically have a dummy payload, such as a big hunk of metal, so that nothing important or expensive is damaged if the rocket blows up. But Musk decided to offer up his personal Tesla roadster.

What a sharp contrast. A roadster to Mars and Miguna to Canada. This marks the difference between forward-looking visionary entrepreneurs and backward-looking government officials.

While Musk aims to force peoples and governments to think bigger and higher; a good number of African politicians are stuck in forcing peoples to think lower, dumbing divergence and braking rules.

While entrepreneurs focus their gaze on the horizon of progress and change, some of our leaders appear to look at the tip of their noses; the gains of immediate power.

What a sharp and sad contrast. While Musk is thinking of clean energy, artificial intelligence and conquering the universe, the government seems hell-bent on creating dissention, creating an artificial opposition and conquering every single economic space within Kenya.

STELETOR VS. HE-MAN

Miguna’s last declaration, “I shall return”, reminded me of Skeletor, the famous He-Man’s eternal enemy. In our childhood days, many of us watched He-Man. Skeletor was his anti-hero, and he always shouted at the end of each episode, “He-Man, your new power is mightier for now, but I shall return with my own new power!”

Skeletor had a point. He always returned; he was a constant menace. Power is like that, it is always reversible, yesterday’s power is today’s weakness and today’s weakness is tomorrow’s power. This is the unavoidable dynamic of democracy.

In 1990, Deputy Speaker Kalonzo Musyoka introduced a motion in Parliament seeking to ban the Nation from reporting house proceedings. He accused the paper of being “subversive and tribalistic”. Today, the former vice-president is logically complaining about the unconstitutional and nonprocedural media gag order.

Democracy without opposition is a contradiction. A democratic president must have someone who says, “I don’t like your ways, I don’t like how you do it, I don’t like you”. This is part of democracy and the drafters of the Constitution had this in mind, for this is essential for democracy to function.

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