The so-called G7 who are all over the media in Kenya with stories of how they have reconstituted themselves (from KKK) to block Raila is nothing but a band of wannabes and Johnny Come Latelies. The seven are Uhuru (their apparent flag-bearer), Ruto (VP candidate), Kalonzo, Balala, Magara, Wamalwa and Dualle. Regardless of how they repackage themselves, the band will not win the hearts of Kenyans to win the presidency simply because of how they are going about this.
Moi tried to ram Uhuru down our throats but we repelled him. While Uhuru has every right to contest the presidency, he ultimately must answer three basic questions voters will have in mind (informed as they will be this time around beyond the last time he was defeated) and these are: (1) What has he done since he was last defeated to show he now deserves being elected president–he can’t say being named as one of the ICC PEV suspect qualifies in any way (2) What has he done to demonstrate ability to unite the country which is badly needed than Raila has done or will do? and (3) What has he done at the national, even local level to show he is a better leader than Raila? If he were to be honest, Uhuru will readily agree he falls short compared to Raila in all these measures and more.
The same questions may be asked of Ruto but that is to elevate him to comparison with Raila when there is nothing serious to compare between the two; Raila in this context is the father with a son who thinks he is mature enough to take over as head of the family simply because he now knows how to pee on his own.
As for Kalonzo Musyoka, he is such an open book; pick any chapter and you’ll know everything you need to know about him so much so even this so-called G7 recognizes this and thus the reason they have relegated him to clerical duties in Parliament in their imaginary take-over of the State House. True to his form, Kalonzo has obviously accepted the role for anything thrown his way is good enough.
Balala and Magara names are nominally known at the national level thanks to their mentor, Raila. Once openly Raila loyalists the one thing they have in common with Ruto, a former Raila supporter himself and Moi loyalist is they all three know how to fake loyalty and jump ship when its in their selfish interest to abandon the Captain. In other words, they don’t stand for anything other than for themselves.
The trio and the rest of the band, Wamalwa and Dualle combined are so light weight politically, one can easily dismiss them as irrelevant but it’s tribal politics we are talking about so even giving them credit for their efforts to milk Option A in their playbook, ukabila, to stop Raila, their efforts will still fall short because even factoring in tribalism, Raila is still the preferred candidate precisely because he is the only one running for president who has demonstratively proven he can transcend tribalism and claim national victory as he did in 07.
Ruto goes around bragging that he delivered Rift Valley for Raila in 07 but even he admitted in the Waki Report he was irrelevant in Raila’s carrying the Rift Valley in 07 and so will he be in 2012 when Raila carries the region again.
In sum, to the extent this so called G7 rise above their petty tribal politics and engage Raila in a serious campaign for the presidency, the better for the country as Raila would certainly emerge as an even better and stronger leader for no serious presidential candidate ever takes anything for granted, save Moi and his UK project.
Raila is a serious presidential candidate and he cannot be more different from the likes of Moi and Uhuru in seeking the presidency as he believes in making the case and resonating with the ordinary folks and Kenyans as a whole not running around telling people I and so and so are going to be your president and vice president whether you like it or not, which is quite frankly, dumb. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding.