As Kenyans, we are living in dangerous times. There is every reason to be afraid of the future.
Personally, I have one big worry; I fear for this country when propaganda is taken to whole new levels so that, even the few intellectuals we have remaining get fast swallowed into the fray.
When rare brains like Managing Director of African Economics, renowned economist David Ndii abandon their calling of being part of the intelligentsia – those few individuals upon whom fate has bestowed the noble assignment of generating rational and sober ideas on behalf of the nation – and instead join that small and dangerous clique whose sole preoccupation is propagation of unconstructive shenanigans and sideshows, then you know things are not okay. The centre is not holding anymore and as a result, we are no longer at ease. At this rate, things may soon fall apart.
The kind of misinformation Ndii is churning out each week through his column on the Nation newspaper leaves me wondering whether this is the same man whose works I used to passionately devour back then when I was still a budding writer.
The latest from him – which also happens to be the worst of his works I have come across so far – is a piece running under the title “Eurobond billions: The anatomy of a grand heist” in which Ndii has failed terribly in his attempts to dissect the much hyped yet non-existent Eurobond ‘saga.’ The argument is shallow, the facts and figures are cooked up and the whole story qualifies for a script in a Hollywood movie series.
The Ndii of today seems to have effectively substituted the intellectualism he previously exhibited with something else that I am yet to find a definition for. Modern day Ndii is a shell of former self.
In fact, the only area he seems to now be excelling in is using complex economic terminologies and concepts to confuse his readers; even some of the fresh economics graduates we have may not fully comprehend some of these concepts. Sadly, innocent Kenyans – most of who have never been to an Introduction to Economics class – seem to be falling for his well choreographed spin. Readers believe the guy is squarely dissecting issues. I think he is not.
In my own observation, the current Ndii exhibits all the characteristics of a gun for hire contracted by people I am yet to unravel with the sole purpose of propagating a certain school of thought. The gist of his pieces is quite clear.
On this basis therefore and as a man who relishes intellectualism, I have simple advice for Mr. Ndii. Sir it is very unfortunate that you have decided to venture into very dangerous and murky waters where you are not likely to survive for long. Politically instigated brouhaha is not your calling; it shall never be.
If you doubt the truth of this statement, ask Dr Mukhisa Kituyi the current Secretary General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. At one point, he also made a similar blunder and the rest history. Luckily for him, he realized his mistake early enough and decided to retract his steps back to where he belonged; the world of intellectualism. Today, he is flying high as a trade expert.
Please, with all due respect Mr. Ndii, kindly go back to intellectualism. That is exactly where you belong. You will be able to serve this country better – as you have always done – for the sake of present and future generations.
As a matter of fact, we need you there. Kenya needs you there. Africa needs you there. The world needs you there. Leave political economics propaganda to those were born for that.
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