BBI Report

The building bridges initiative report is out and irrespective of your feelings on it, the political muscle behind it is a clear sign that your opinion does not matter. Have seen a pattern behind the supporters of the proposed bill, most are of the opinion that a lot of money is now being devolved, which is true.

The amount of money allocated to counties have increased by over kshs. 100 billion. Devolution made us see the worst of places in this country bloom and surely with that amount we expect to see more. Development is good but to me that word only makes sense if individuals in that county benefit. How can we construct highways, hospitals, schools, markets if individuals in that particular geographical region can’t afford it. The money will only fall in the pockets of few of the leadership and the common man will continue with his miseries. This can be attested to by the less than dozen counties who have done something tangible out of the total 47.

In my opinion, we need a bill that is more people centric rather than elite imposed clever ways of wasting tax payers money.

It will be mandatory for a male governor to have a female deputy and vice versa. This to me doesn’t solve gender issues, we elected 47 women representatives and well women feel worse than they did a decade ago. I’ve always said and I’m still saying that women’s problems is not representation but empowerment. Empowerment is a woman having a right and a capability to start her own business, protect herself against pedophiles, care for her own family, engage and be productive in her job of speciality. These are not problems that can be fixed by female governors and deputy, these are problems that can only be fixed by parliament and above all money which ironically is being channeled to a handful of 47 women out of close to 30 million women.

I don’t want to talk about the executive, about the first runners up being appointed as the official opposition leader and about the prime minister being appointed by yhe president who happens to stay in office for 7 good years. Does it mean that elections will be still after 5 years? Yes, meaning on second election we won’t be electing a president what about the prime Minister, and how will the first runners up be the head of an opposition that will be going back for election and most likely fall within the party aligned to the president. I feel this is a job created for no reason whatsoever.

The prime Minister is like the former vice president that is hired and fired by the president only that it has to be approved by the parliament, which most likely will happen because the president will most likely have majority of members in parliament.

I know the BBI Bill will pass, but I would like it to be stopped, this bill is not lightening the burden for ordinary citizens, it’s just creating Jobs for a few elites in society. Our elections have never been on a merit basis, nowhere in the world rewards losers in any election and in my opinion, if a politician isn’t willing to lose, then he has no reason to run in the first place.

Some say Luo #lifestyle is a #software that comes pre installed but I think our lifestyle is something that can be #learnt.

Luo is a sub tribe in Kenya (Just incase you’re an international audience) My name is George Colllins Onyango and yes Onyango is my Luo name and it’s a name I’ve struggled so much to include in my official name tag partly because of the reputation Luo is associated with. First as a Luo, I was taught from a very young age to value pride and status no matter how poor I am and personally I believe it’s a good thing because it builds your self esteem at a very tender age. It’s really hard to meet a Luo with a low self esteem.
The best thing about being a Luo is the compassion, humility and a rare blend of status and integration. I’ll attend Luo night yes in my luxurious car but at the same time I’ll never hesitate to help a poor child who can’t go to school even if that is not my child.
The best time I felt most proud to be a Luo was when Lupita(@lupitanyongo) won Oscar’s(@theacademyawards.oscars) and when #BarackObama(@barackobama) got elected as the 44th president of the United States. These are moments that shaped, continue to shape and will shape my life. The glee I felt is immeasurable.
I like Luo culture for its music and food my favorites being Ugali and fish(Fis). Musa juma being one of the musicians whose songs are very close to my heart.
Some say Luo lifestyle is a software that comes pre installed but I think our lifestyle is something that can be learnt.
I know also the not so good side(Goons), well I don’t know where this category comes from but as a person and if you talk to those people who know me, you’ll understand that I’m not a violent person and the same is true for the many Luos I know. Being Luo is all about being humble, cool, assertive and above all romantic. I love #Kenya, I love my culture, I love being #Luo, I love unity. (#instagramseries) This is my first story in a long series of covering all the more than 42 tribes in Kenya. Hope you’ll enjoy.

Comment the one thing you like about Luos..

Traffic Jam and Congestion

Traffic flow is a problem that we must now solve forever. We waste a lot of time on traffic, let along the greenhouse gases like carbon emissions that pollute our city. We are not not only getting tired but our lungs are also getting dirtier day by day.

Transportation is not a problem that I alone can fix, it’s a problem that will call on board every stakeholder from matutu owners to sacco operators to every day road users.


My goal will be to cut your commute time by half and to clean our atmosphere by 40 per cent.

As Governor, I will…

1. Restrain vehicle demand and use. I will slow the growth of carbon emissions by restraining demand for and use of conventional private vehicles. As usual it will come with a great appeal to behavioral change by our private vehicle users to restrain vehicle use to only when necessary. This will give us time to improve on rail and bus transport.

2. Develop an adequate city transport by transforming and developing existing infrastructure,establishing dedicate pedestrian pathways, develop bicycle lanes within the central business district.

3. Introduce a new rail transport system that no doubt will be costly but worth it in the long run.

4. Introduce two freeways in our major highways to ease congestion, introduce a 21st century form of transport(double cabin and double decker Buses)

5. Start a behavioral campaign to change road use by public sector vehicle drivers like lane maintenance, traffic lights Obedience and caring for other road users.

Traffic congestion is a problem that not only affects Nairobi but also mega cities across the world and implementing these policies will solve the following problems….

1. Fix the long hours we spend on traffic in the morning and evening.

2. Reduce matatu rowdiness during rush hours.

3. Lower the level of toxic gases emitted in our atmosphere.

“One way to solve the traffic problem is to keep all the cars that are not paid for off the street ”
Will Rogers

“It’s very shaming, that Nairobi being a center stage for many African events and a shinning city in the hill can’t cut on traffic time in almost 2 decades. Kigali fixed theirs, if they can, then we can three times more. ”

My proposal on women’s Right

I’m a firm believer that women empowerment has become a force that cannot be reckoned with. I’m a believer that my sisters deserve equal treatment just as I do. Women deserve to be heard because they too have a voice on things that affect this city.

I have sisters and female friends who complain everyday about them being victims of sexual harrasment in our streets, Buses, places of work etc. We must all work together to make Nairobi a women conducive county.

I also understand the struggles of new mothers, the need to keep your job and to care for your new baby.

I understand the payment disparity that happens in companies to operate right here in Nairobi.

I also understand that some women are also victim of domestic violence.

My Goal…

To create an accommodating County for both men and women, a county where all are able of treating one another with mutual respect and admiration.

As Governor, I will…

1. Protect women from harassment, discrimination and violence by placing a high penalty on the following acts :Wolf whistling(whistles to express admiration on the streets), catcalling, asking intrusive questions, unwanted following or even unceasing asking of telephone numbers and finally invasion of personal space.

2.Pass a violence against women policy that will abolish complete laying of hands on women.

3. Appeal to companies within the county to adopt equal pay for equal work policy to ensure women and men get paid equally.

4. Appeal to organizations to have stick laws against sexual harrasment and a complete ban from operation on companies that do not comply.

5. Reduce day care cost to make it more affordable for our hard working new mothers.

Problems solved…

End to domestic violence.

End to gender pay gap.

End to street and sexual harrasment.

End to long time of silence 狼 among women.

The process of spotting fear and refusing to obey it is the source of all true empowermentMartha Beck

Empowerment of women is the empowerment of the nation. No household, no society no state, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its womenNaveen Patnaik

In days ahead, I will include the following proposition : Paid family leave, access to affordable childcare, sick days, vacation time and healthy work environment for casual laborers.

This sounds awesome! What can I do to make it happen?

My campaign touches on a wide range of issues that touches on humanity,this is just one of them. I’m determined to make a city that puts people and quality of life ahead of anything. Through empowerment, we can create a community of freedom and abundance.

What you can do? Contribute by telling your friends about me and feel part of this great cause by sharing. Thanks 😊

Why would we give basic income to the rich?

First to is to eliminate class discrimination and stigma and second wealthy people are more likely to be involved as they will feel a sense of contribution to a greater good of making the world a better place.

Won’t people stop working when given free money?

Harvard and MIT study concluded that there’s no effect of cash transfer on work behavior. Research also shows that people mostly like to be impacted are new mums and kids in school.

In my plan, people will only get Kshs. 10000 which is barely enough to meet all needs. To have a good life, Nairobians will still have to get out and work as they’ve always done in decades behind.

Won’t people spend their money on things like drugs and alcohol?

In many studies where cash is given to the poor, there has been no increase in drug and substance abuse, let alone increase in alcohol consumption. The idea that people will misuse guaranteed Income seems like a biased stereotype far from the truth.

Decision making improves when people have economic security. As Dutch philosopher Rutger Bregman says, Poverty is not a lack of character rather a lack of cash

What are the benefits of the Guaranteed income?

1.Guaranteed income encourages people to find work as it’s beneficiaries are free to seek additional sources of income which almost everyone does.
2. It reduces bureaucracy. No need to wait for days to get your money, eligibility is far simple and the cost of giving benefits is greatly reduced.
3. It increases bargaining power for workers. As guaranteed, unconditional income gives them leverage to say No to to exploitative wages and abusive working conditions. No more bullying by employers.
4. It increases entrepreneurship. As it provides for basic needs and acts as a safety net if the business fails. It widens customer base as everyone has disposable income. It would be the greatest catalyst for new jobs, entrepreneurship and creativity.
5. It improves the mental health of recepients. Increased economic security leads to less stress, which means less diseases and self destructive behaviors.
6. It improves physical health.
7. It helps make smarter decisions. It provides needed security to focus on important things like families.
8. Guaranteed Income increases art production, non profit work and caring for loved ones as it provides supplementary income for those interested in labor that isn’t provided by the market.
9. It improves labor market efficiency
10. It improves relationships by reducing domestic violence, child abuse, financial stresses. It ensures that everyone has an optimistic sense of his or her own future and has the mobility to get out of abusive relationship.

Just as the results are remarkable in Canada, so it can be here in Nairobi, a steady source of income can transform a lot of people’s lives.

How would your life be with an extra 10000  shillings in your pocket? How would you spend it?

How would we pay for Guaranteed Income?

It sounds ridiculous in theory but it would be really simple. Any county government receives money from these six sources.
1.Equitable shares
2.Local revenue
3.Conditional Grants
4.Loans from external sources or private lenders
5.Donor Funding
Money for Guaranteed Income will come from Local revenue and Donor Funding. Universal Basic income is a well talked topic in the global stage and Nairobi being a crown jewel for the African continent will no doubt get a lot of donor funders just for them to see it’s success in an African country. Not to mention the fact that guaranteed Income is in line with several sustainable development goals(SDGs)

Why do I Want to implement Guaranteed Income in Nairobi?

I want to implement guaranteed Income because of the highest number of unemployed bright young people in this city. I want to implement guaranteed Income because of beggars along our streets and our street kids who are probably there because their parents don’t have enough to support them.
Nairobi has the brightest minds in the country and yet all these potential goes to waste because young people don’t have the support to pull themselves up. Kshs 10000 may not be a lot but it can help all of us start somewhere. It will cover the basics while enabling us to look for better jobs, start our own businesses, go to school, care for our families and work towards our next big dream

What’s Guaranteed Income?

Guaranteed income defined

It’s a form of universal basic income. A type of social security that guarantees a certain amount of money to every citizen within a governed population, without having to pass a test or fulfill work requirement.
I will be running for Nairobi governor in 2022 to implement guaranteed Income. It will guarantee Kshs. 10000 a month for Nairobians above 23 years. Yes, that means you and all your buddies will get that money every month

Guaranteed Income (Free Money)

I would implement the universal basic income of Kshs. 10000 a month, that’s is Kshs 120,000 a year, for every Nairobian adult aged 23 and above. This is the reason why, at 23 many people have graduated and do not have jobs and many right now are undergoing a stage I call life crisis. Where they feel like school was all for nothing. Worry no more with Collins being your Governor.

This money will be given independent of one’s sex, education, work status or any other determinant. It will enable people to pay their rents, stay healthy, care for their loved ones and have hope of a better future. Other than any regular increases to keep up with the living standard, any alterations will require approval from the county assembly.

It will be illegal to lend or borrow against one’s universal basic income.

Guaranteed income will definitely grow the economy and increase County’s labor force. Putting money into people’s pocket and not taking it away will be a great boost and support to job and economic growth.

Problems to be solved…

1. Close to half the population of Nairobians live below the poverty line.
2. Good jobs are few and Nairobians are working hard for very little pay.
3. It is important to Nairobians of all walks of life.
4. Many Nairobians are doing jobs they didn’t even study for just because they have to survive. This leads to discouragement hence low productivity.
5. We have a lot of positive social activities that Nairobians could engage in but they can’t because of lack of cash. For example volunteering in community activities, visiting the sick in hospitals or children in children’s home.

Goals to be achieved…

1. Stop poverty in the most direct way possible : giving Nairobians money
2. Take Nairobi to a People Centred kind of economy( a type that focuses on people’s well being)
3. Give people the freedom to innovate and contribute to society (No human is limited – Eliud Kipchoge)
4. Firing up the economy by giving income to those most likely to spend it wisely.

As Governor, I will….

Implement the guaranteed Income of Kshs. 10, 000 a month for Nairobians aged 23 and above for us to share in the fruit of our hard work in contributing to this new economy.

‘I’m now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by now a widely discussed measure :The guaranteed Income ’
Martin Luther King Jr., 1967.

‘We should explore… Universal Basic income so that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas ’
Mark Zuckerberg(Facebook Founder)

“Creating a world where Guaranteed Income is our foundation would go a lot further towards equality between the sexes, for in doing so we acknowledge that the work of the home is real, and we free women from the economic constraints that childbearing has come to bear upon us, much more than our male counterparts”
Nicole Sallak – Anderson

People Centred Economy

Capitalism has led to great innovations and advancement in the living standards of people. It won the war of ideas against socialism. However we have to admit that there’s no such thing as a purely capitalistic economy. Our current focus on corporate profits isn’t really working for many Nairobians. We work really hard, wake up so early for our companies, but that effort isn’t reflected in our payrolls.

We need a human centered economy that’s geared towards maximizing people’s well being and fulfillment. It’s core tenets are :

1. People are more important than money
2. The unit of an economy is the well being of a person not the shilling made.
3. Markets exists to serve our common goals and values not just companies.

Problem to be solved

Companies will start to value things and activities that are core to human experience.

We need markets that serve us rather than markets that we serve. We need a governor that will truly focus on the public interest above anything and lead companies to act appropriately in bettering the lives of Nairobians.

My Goal will be to make the city economy work for everyday commuter and direct money to investments that improve the lives of the people.

As Governor, I will…

1 Change our view of the economy from Gross Domestic Products and stocks to a more caring and valuing set of measurements that ensures that people are thriving. I will encourage mental health awareness, childhood success rate, median income and descent standard of living and finally absense of drug and substance abuse.

2. Encourage company executive to make right decisions and policies for the public rather than focusing on their next positions. And in areas where I’ll have powers to make appointments, I will pay competitive rates with the private sectors to ensure that public company executives also do well.

3. Drive individuals and companies to find innovative ways to improve Nairobians living standard. I will do this by rewarding companies and people who drive significant social value through the good they have done.

In days ahead, I’ll expand to…

Good parenting and caring for the people we love
Teaching and nurturing children
Arts and creative among all Nairobians
Serving the poor
Working in struggling Neighborhoods
Meaningful community connections
Small independent Businesses
Citizen information integrity / Journalism.
Civic engagement
Economic competitiveness and growth
Cultural vibrancy and community integration.
Public safety.

This policy will reshape the way we measure value and progress and help us redefine why we do the things we do. Let’s build a city that makes people’s lives better.