Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Things seem to be falling apart as the TKP is deeply divided. What an opportunity to demonstrate what I really am: a visionary leader.
Of course the infighting within the TKP is nothing. The newspapers waste a lot of paper by failing to understand that the infighting is just for show. No one in the inner circles of the TKP wants to be kicked out. All those so called leaders are too comfortable where they are to risk their privileged positions. What I don’t like though, is the lack of direction my people demonstrate. This is a challenge to my leadership!
The TKP officials consistently fail to see that our popularity is waning. The Kingdom has to grow economically to avoid that people become really restless. At the same time, the TKP needs to reward its officials for their help during the election campaigns. Still this does not mean the Government should cough up what it has been ordered to by the tribunal for this power deal. I appreciate that powerful TKP officials are behind it. I appreciate even more that they intend to channel money received from this deal into the TKP. But we need to stop doing business this way. For starters because the Government’s coffers are empty. More importantly because the Kingdom needs a well functioning Kingdoms Power Company (KIPOCO), if it is to grow. Sucking more blood from it is not going to help!
So I have decided: we won’t pay and will return the generators instead. If in addition money needs to be paid I will propose a solution that strengthens KIPOCO. For instance by giving the complainants shares in the company. That aligns their interests with those of KIPOCO. The shares are worthless now but they could well become valuable in the future once KIPOCO starts to perform. When that happens, money from those shares could be channelled into the TKP. Till that time the TKP officials will need to wait for their reward. Or better, they should be encouraged to start businesses themselves.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
When I looked out of my bedroom window this morning, I counted 17 ships waiting to dock. The sight spoiled my mood. In January 2009 I ordered the port authorities to find ways to ease the congestion and for a while the situation improved. Now I realize this may not have been the result of their hard work but of the global economic downturn. Either way, the situation is as bad as it used to be.
My orders are being ignored and the more I think about it, the angrier I become. The port authorities are not the only ones to defy my orders. The other day the Prime Minister even felt compelled to reiterate to the regional leaders the need to follow my directives. How insulting. Nobody should have to be reminded to follow my demands!
Have I been too soft? This tradition of impunity may be good for maintaining peace and quiet, the TKP loses legitimacy as a result. I recall a survey from 2008 in which 68% of the respondents state that the government does badly in improving the living standards of the poor and 62% state the government does poorly in creating jobs. 50% even considers I handle the economy badly. Well, the latter may be true. Creating opportunities for my supporters to grow rich is not necessarily good for growth. But maybe the situation got out of hand.
I recall how the representative from the Empire of the East mentioned that in the Empire officials can be corrupt but that they are disciplined if they do not deliver economic growth. So why should I allow my officials to be corrupt AND hinder growth. In the Empire they hang indisciplined people but this is not our custom. Yet stripping officials from their citizenship and confiscating their assets I could do.
Question is, can it be done without harming myself. It would be unwise to go after the former King for instance, because the day I step down I might receive a similar treatment. Nor should I go after those who supported me to become King: they still have the power to push me out. But what if I go after some less influential officials? Like the port people? Hmmmm .... something to consider.
Monday, January 17, 2011
The King’s Diaries by Neema Kwamamlaka
Before I strategize on how to deal with the post-election rigmarole, let’s start with a list of what I want to achieve this year:
- 1. Stay in power
- 2. Become richer
- 3. Become an historical figure, admired by its people.
But traders from the Empire of the East have a powerful ally in their government. I do not want to upset our relations just when we are getting along so well. There must be other ways to reward the shop keepers. What, for instance, if the city’s’ infrastructure is improved by building some flyovers? At present the city seems perpetually stuck in a traffic jam. I should be able to sell this idea to the shop owners and create opportunities to make money on the side at the same time! Moreover, if I tell the city authorities to initially put more pressure on the traders and to almost make their business impossible, maybe I could come to their rescue by agreeing with the Empire of the East to make an end to the harassment of their traders in exchange for the flyovers! Sounds like a plan.
Hurray for myself.
20 January 2011