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My Response and Thoughts on Land Policy and IDP Resettlement

I have said this so many times, my lips are tired.

I have typed this so many times, my fingers are tired and sore.

But I do it again here because it is important I say this to you, if you have never heard me or anyone say it.

This so much bent anger on land and IDP resettlement is not going to take us as a country anywhere; but anger or no anger, it’s is extremely naive to say one tribe will cling to power no matter what.

What we need in Kenya now and to the future, is all Kenyans to learn to love and live with each other in peace despite the wrongs of the past, which cannot all be cured.

PEV happened. Rwanda, from where hails my wife, had over 20% of its population, close to 1 million people hacked and butchered to death in 94 in less than 90 days.

Yes, over 1000 Kenyans lost their lives; Kenyans, not Kikuyus, Kalenjins, Kisiis, etc. The moment we accept this as the proper description, the far more we’ll go in this.

Yes, over 300,000 Kenyans are still in camps having fled their homes during the violence, again, these are Kenyans, not Kikuyus, Kalenjins, Kisiis, etc; just Kenyans.

But in context, this is not a problem we as Kenyans cannot resolve, if we are governed and guided by the principles of love for one another, which we are capable of.

Or to put it differently, the IDP issue is a symptom of an even larger problem we are not addressing which has to ultimately be addressed to bring all this to a close

And that is, Land Policy Reform. Hailing from Gusii as I do, I have over the years seen generational curving up of land parcels consistent with custom literally to pieces.

I told someone a long time ago that this land is going to be chopped into pieces people will start chopping themselves into pieces over it and its already happening.

So, my brother, take a deep breath, let’s come together and find common ground to address this complex issue without calling others haters when they call you the same.

Unfortunately, I do not see anything being done about this until after the elections which, if people rise above tribalism and elect a president based on leadership ability,

Then there is nothing we cannot tackle successfully as a nation, including land issues as long as those who lose accept and join with the winners to do just that.

This is not an impossible dream or wish; it’s quite the contrary very easy to achieve if people just learn to love one another and drop the hate, which is not a trait.

In the same vein, I have made the case and will continue to make the case on this blog and elsewhere that PEV does not belong in the Hague; let’s bring it back home.

And deal with it effectively and permanently.

More about this soon.

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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Siasa

 

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Wishing HE President Kibaki Well As He Prepares to Retire

It was reported in the media today that contrary to what was reported the other day that some crazy people were trying to have Kibaki run again for president despite the absence of a legal basis to do so, Kibaki is ready to retire. Go to http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Kenyanews/Kibaki-ready-to-retire-in-2012-12505.html for the full story.

Reading this piece instantaneously took me back to January 1, 2008 when having been up sleepless since election day in 2007, I recall a friend of mine and I watching the unbelievable swearing in of Kibaki at State House. Sitting there as a witness was another friend of mine I had tried to contact without success from the day before in frantic efforts to find out if there was anything he could do being a friend of the president but seeing him there obviously dispensed that idea.

A few days later, I left the country in controlled rage and determined to lobby everyone in Washington for help in getting Kibaki to renounce his swearing in and allow the people’s will to prevail. You could not have asked me to name more than two people I held in more contempt at that time than Kibaki and Kalonzo and between the two, Kalonzo more than Kibaki. Fast forward, we have had the compromise leading to the current coalition government and I must say Kibaki has redeemed himself in my book notwithstanding a lot that has happened and continue to happen detrimental to the country’s interests on his watch.

On balance, however, having worked closely with his partner, PM Raila to usher in the new Constitution and more recently, having backed down and allowed the appointment of crucial constitutional office holders to be done in conformity with the spirit and letter of the new Law of the land and other things I can list (even including ICC where HE the President seems to have taken a less sombre direction) Kibaki has done great to reclaim a positive legacy in our country’s history despite 07.

Needless to say, however, the President owes the country a smooth transition to seal his legacy. What a sweet irony it would be for him to hand over the presidency to the man who many agree is largely responsible for Kibaki being elected president in the first place and what an even more sweeter irony would it be for him to hand over the presidency to a man who believes he stole the seat from him in the second place! I am sure even he would find that much amusing and what an incentive for him to make this happen if anything to close this chapter with us all saying all is well that ends well.

I wish him well as he starts to wind down to exit the stage and may he have a good and long life in retirement.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Siasa

 

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My Response to A Virulent Luo Raila Distractor

The following is my response to an avid and virulent Luo Raila distractor who posted his diatribe on various online Kenyan blogs; it’s a small book but it addresses what I call the Small Luo Problem (SLP), which in a nutshell is a small section of the Luo community which is anti-Raila for one reason or another that has nothing to do with his leadership or ability:

I was inclined not to read your posting after reading your opening fourth sentence where you say “Even if Raila was indeed the best candidate for president, which he isn’t in a looooooong shot, he still wouldn’t pull this one off” (emphasis mine) but I did anyway just to confirm what I had concluded after reading that sentence and that is (1) you cannot be objective; if you were an objective person, and even at worst a biased objective person as to Raila, you would have simply said, “which he is not in a long shot” instead of the heavily loaded phrase you chose to use I have quoted above (2) the use of the contracted negative auxiliary verb “isn’t” is not appropriate in any serious writing and (3) your first 3 sentences said all you needed to say for me to conclude you cannot be speaking from an informed, substantive and objective point of view, even if you are speaking as one opposed to Raila’s ascendency to the presidency of the Republic of Kenya.

To advance from where we have been and are, Kenyans must rise above both ethnic and person based politics, among other things. You are a Luo, RAO is a Luo but you are nonetheless engaged in ethnic politics because you are using your ethnicity to score a personal vendetta against Raila. This is my conclusion but let me go further and demonstrate this with your own words:

You say “[Raila] is too controversial and too divisive for the country…”

What evidence have you tabled to support your contention Raila is “too controversial and too divisive?” According to the most recent polling data from Kenya, as reported by the Standard Online Edition, Raila leads by far among those who have even a 2% chance of being elected; the closest person to him being Uhuru who is a distant second at 18%. And this is so even after the likes of you have been engaged in sleepless onslaught against him; is your assertion that Raila is “too controversial and too divisive” therefore not just that: an assertion without factual basis? Please do not answer; it’s a rhetorical question for the answer is obvious.

You say, “and any conceivable elevation of Raila to the presidency in Kenya just spells disaster for way too many people and interests.”

What disaster? Which people and what interests? Will you and those of you who are so vehemently opposed to Raila becoming president simply because he is Raila, be so dejected when he is re-elected again as president to the point you can describe it a disaster for you? Are these the “people” you are referring to? Will among those so dejected include masters of corruption and impunity? Are these the “interests” you are referring to? Please do not answer; these are rhetorical questions for the answers are obvious.

FN. Unless based on scientific and reliable polling, be wary of anyone who says “the people” have said this, or done that or have this in mind; it’s vintage appeal by trickery.

You say “It [electing Raila as president] is not a chance I as a voter or the country would be willing to take.”

First, speaking for yourself, then don’t take that chance; go ahead and vote for your preferred candidate who you have interestingly not told us in your diatribe who he or she is, let alone why. As for the “country” not taking a chance on Raila, and in case you do not know, this is why we have elections; the “country” will have the opportunity to elect a new president which is not a chance act, but a deliberate act informed or otherwise. I and others like minded prefer to await their verdict than your wishful thinking.

You say “[Raila] has burned practically all bridges any politician could possible burn and stand a realistic chance of being elected to a national office and in this instance, he is done!”

The only bridges that have been burned are bridges linking the likes of you with him. Those bridges can burn to ashes but Raila’s highway to the people is intact; some pot-holes here and there (this is Kenya after all we are talking about) but intact nonetheless as the above referenced survey shows. Raila can only make the highway better and smoother by fixing as many of those pot-holes as possible and I use “fixing” here to mean “repair.” So, Raila is not done as you obviously desperately wish; he is just getting started!

You say “[t]he political arithmetic simply does NOT favor Raila Odinga for president, call it tribally instigated or whatever, Kenyans are tired of the political theatrics and gamesmanships surrounding Raila and come 2012, the message will be delivered home, LOUD and CLEAR.”

Once again, according to the survey referenced above, you are in the minority on this view. As for which message will be delivered home “LOUD” and “CLEAR,” we shall find out after the elections shall we not?

You say “[n]obody wins without GEMA and Rift Valley, more than 50% of the country lives here, so does anyone in their right mind believe at this stage of the game that Raila Odinga has any meaningful votes in these regions? Add 60% of Eastern going against Raila, at least 50% in Kisii against Raila, and other splits around the country and you have a loser of epic proportions.”

This is, of course, the tribal and ethnic card you and like minded hope and pray stops Raila on his way to State House. Kenyans of the new Kenya have fortunately resolved to move beyond negative ethnicity and tribalism as we build the new country we almost all were happy to see reborn on August 27, 2010. There is guarded optimism that just as the elections of 2002 brought to a crushing end to the Moi era, the elections of 2012 will bring to an end ukabila as the sole determinative factor in presidential elections.

Are there vestiges of this disease that will remain with us for a long time to come? Sure; there are those who will still not vote for Raila solely because he is a Luo; Uhuru solely because he is a Kikuyu; Martha Karua solely because she is Kikuyu; Ruto solely because he is a Kalenjin and so on but it is up-to the candidates themselves to make the case why they should be elected president. The winner in my view will be the one who makes a good and strong enough case why they should be elected president for he or she will garner enough votes to win, tribalists notwithstanding. So, in my optimistic view and conclusion, you and like minded will be left languishing in the old where the politics of personal vendettas and tribalism thrive.

You say “[Raila’s] party has imploded…”

The Orange Democratic Movement is alive and well Ruto and Company’s exit notwithstanding. If you build a home and lose a portion of it through acts of God or man; you rebuild and move on. How much you rebuild depends on the damage done; if the foundation is shaken, then you may have to rebuild from scratch. If the foundation is not shaken, then you need only do necessary repairs to rebuild as the foundation is firm. ODM’s foundation is firm and to the extent the party needs to rebuild given Ruto’s shenanigans, minor repairs may be necessary. So, contrary to your wishful thinking, ODM has not “imploded.”

You say, as President Abraham Lincoln put it, “ a House divided against itself cannot stand”, so where is Odinga’s base? Name one Odinga affiliation (party of otherwise) over the last 15 years, or 10 or even 5 which is still standing today.

You have really outdone yourself here; Lincoln was addressing the sin of slavery in the speech you have quoted him above. In more context, this is what he said

MR. PRESIDENT AND GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION: If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it. We are now far into the fifty year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object and confident promise of putting and end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crises shall have been reached and passed. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new, North as well as South.

In other words, Lincoln was imploring his constituents to vote for him on his anti-slavery platform while assuring them his election will strengthen, not divide the Union, which came to pass with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 ending slavery. How then do you come from this to demanding to know where Raila’s base is? Would you not be better of demanding same without invoking the grandeur of Lincoln and his quest to both maintain the Union while bringing an end to slavery? BTW, of what relevance is an answer to this question to someone like you who has already declared you are neither Raila’s base nor supporter? If you must have an answer, how happy are you going to be when I tell you Raila’s base is Kenya? Yes, Kenya; not Luoland, Kissiland, Kalenjinland, Kambaland, Kikuyuland, or any other single or combined lands but the whole Kenyaland! Are you happy now knowing the answer or depressed?

You say “[a]nything this man [Raila] touches just goes under, the closest he came to the presidency we saw what happened, the country almost collapsed.

First, and fyi in case you were in another planet, the closest Raila came to the presidency was garnering a majority of votes cast for president in 2007 but was not sworn as president. Second, the country did not almost collapse; the country almost went into civil war because Raila won election as president but was not sworn as one. We avoided a civil war because Raila compromised with Kibaki to establish the coalition government we have today. That is the definition of a leader; doing what is right for the country not for himself which Raila has proven over and over he does and that is why I support him and believe he will be re-elected as president in 2012.

You say “I don’t know what it is about him [Raila], whether he is cursed but man, just about everything this man comes into contact with disintegrates and I sure as hell don’t want the same fate to my country as that of the many who can trace their demise back to Raila.”

This sounds like a personal vendetta to me; did Raila fail to give you a ride along Uhuru highway or something? Raila just concluded a successful official trip to the United States where he headlined an event and therefore was in contact with world business and political leaders; I have not heard of any of them having “disintegrated.” On the same trip, the Right Honorable Raila Odinga was in contact and addressed a diverse and enthusiastic group of Kenyans in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles; I have not heard of any of them having “disintegrated.” Do you know something Kenyans and the world does not know about Raila and “everything” he comes in contact with “disintegrating?” Or are you excluding humans from “everything?” If so, can you name what things have “disintegrated” after coming into contact with Raila? While you are at it, can you name the many who have “demised” because of Raila? Please do answer as these are not rhetorical questions.

You say, [n]ow to the specifics, Raila is NOT a reformist- he is a demagogue per excellence, name ONE reform agenda traceable directly to Raila, ONE!

The new Constitution.

You say , “[t]here is NO depth, substance or reach in Raila’s leadership no less than in all these so called leaders whom we need to sweep off the stage next year.”

You are obviously entitled to state your opinion; may I ask you after you sweep off the stage everyone in leadership now as you appear to suggest, who will you have as replacements? In a posting on my blog, I said the following in response to another posting:

There is a reason why job postings require experience of some kind and level of skill unless the job requires no skill or experience. Every political contender in all political societies going back to the ancient Greek society which started it all has had one or more characteristics a voter may deem undesirable or “baggage” but it is not perfection that is sought in good governance and politics, or age, or being a novice but in quantum possession of a combined good and bad native to all mortals but separated from the rest in the ultimate superiority in tested and proven leadership and visionary ability and qualities.

This is what we have to look to as we prepare to retire Kibaki and install his successor and in my book and a majority of Kenyans, Raila possesses the latter set of qualities and ability over and above everyone running or the same office and thus the reason I support him for president.

I proudly say this as a reformed anti-Railaist (2002) who since that time gave him another look and concluded he is the man.

I am sure you have heard or know the idiom do not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Please apply it in all circumstances, including the underlying logic in your sweeping call to get off the stage all current leaders.

You say Raila is a deck of cards, a veneer that is blessed with a good gift of gab and affability not to mention a great family name.

I commend you for saying at least one good thing about Raila which never fall from the lips, or emanate from the fingers of other virulent distractors of Raila.

You say, “I am a big fan of the old man Jaramogi Oginga Odinga even though his politics may have also been the wrong fit for Kenya.”

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’s politics were not “wrong fit” for Kenya. For one, the politics gave us one Jomo Kenyatta, unless you are of the view Kenyatta was a “wrong fit” for Kenya.

You say, [b]e that as it may, the son [Raila] took that which was bequeathed to him and has turned it into scorn.

What Jaramogi bequathed to his son Raila or the family for that matter and what he or Jaramogi’s family has done or not done with it is none of our business.

If by bequathing you mean intangibles such as name, fame, instillation of character values, philosophy, ideology, etc, then almost everyone save for those with your like thinking and motives  will disagree with you. I, for one, remember giving an introductory speech at a function in Silver Spring, Maryland where Raila was a featured guest during the campaigns for 07 and I remember concluding that speech in directly speaking to Raila and telling him how proud his father, Jaramogi, would have been, especially on that day, which was Father’s Day, to know his son was on his way to State House as president. So, unlike you, I and many others know Raila has and continues to make his father happy and he ultimately in my view will carry his father’s mantle all the way to the presidency. He deserves nothing less.

You say, “I was pleasantly surprised when a group of “Luo Professionals” just recently opened up in a meeting with Uhuru to say they are just as tired of the “politics of one man”; finally the sons and daughters of this great community that sired the world’s most powerful man are willing to break the yokes of political bondage that has stagnated so many of them and to them I say, Hallelujah, join the free world.  Free at last, Free at Last Thank God Almighty you will be free at last!”

Again, you unnecessarily invoke the grandeur and imagery of great American leaders with misplaced use. When Dr. Martin Luther King gave his passionate and compelling historic speech about his dream of an America where African Americans were free at last, he did not have your group of “Luo Professionals” in mind and neither did you have him in your mind when you paid homage to Uhuru, who I have actually met on a number of occasions and like as a person.

The rest of your diatribe is either a repeat of the above or not worth responding to so I close by imploring you to step back and ask yourself, if you don’t already know, why you are so virulently anti-Raila. If it is for personal reasons, I hope you find peace with it; if it’s on policy, I hope you articulate such. It cannot be what you have railed in your diatribe for none of that stands up to scrutiny such as the one I have provided here.

Peace, Love and Unity.

Samuel N. Omwenga, Esq,

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Siasa

 

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An Observation and Response Regarding Raila’s Electability as President

The following is an excerpt of an exchange about Raila’s electability as president of Kenya in one of the online Kenyan forums on April 20, 2011:

Blogger: “[Raila] is still popular yes. You’ll notice I avoid simplistic arguments and or theories. He does have baggage. What we need is for any and all who were in KANU including even chiefs to be swept away wholesome and a brand new crop to come in and effect change under the new constitution. A mwananchi on the street told me that yesterday. It is an accurate assessment, I maintain.”

My response:

There are several reasons why your rationale for opposing Raila for president is faulty: First, if the standard for electing a new president is now someone without “baggage,” you’ll have to (1) define what that is and (2) find that person (good luck, regardless of how you define it) (3) determine whether that individual has the leadership skills necessary to lead a nation (4) determine whether that individual has what it takes to win the presidency in Kenya, including the essential tribal credentials and (5) hope and pray those with “baggage,” including luggage full of cash do not as a united front pay every voter in the country to vote against that individual and defeat him just to make the point wewe unafikiri ni nani?

Second, when you say that what we need is for “any and all who were in KANU, including even chiefs to be swept away wholesome” you run into the same problem; what do you mean by “who were in KANU?” After you apply that criteria; who is left to run for president over the age of 9? Put another way, do you mean to say I and other thousands of Kenyans who were KANU members cannot run for president under your criteria? Does that make sense to you?

Third, when you say we need a “brand new crop” to come and “effect change under the new constitution;” what exactly do you mean by that? Is your contention you can pluck Joe Smith from the street, put him in State House and voila, the new constitution is implemented?

There is a reason why job postings require experience of some kind and level of skill unless the job requires no skill or experience. Every political contender in all political societies going back to the ancient Greek society which started it all has had one or more characteristics a voter may deem undesirable or “baggage” but it is not perfection that is sought in good governance and politics, or age, or being a novice but in quantum possession of a combined good and bad native to all mortals but separated from the rest in the ultimate superiority in tested and proven leadership and visionary ability and qualities.

This is what we have to look to as we prepare to retire Kibaki and install his successor and in my book and a majority of Kenyans, Raila possesses the latter set of qualities and ability and thus the reason I support him for president.

I proudly say this as a reformed anti-Railaist (2002) who since that time gave him another look and concluded he is the man.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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An Online Comment by A Kenyan Regarding Raila and Kibera

The following was a posting by someone in a number of Kenya online forums in response to an individual who was lambasting Raila for “doing nothing” for his Kibera constituents…

You are right, he [Raila] can never be somber because he is always sober. However, I wish to disagree that he has done nothing for Kibera people for the following reasons. Recently he influenced the high rise buildings  build for a part of Kibera constituents where they are now leaving very happily. This is a project that should have continued with availability of funds from the Government. Otherwise it is a project that cannot be done from an individual’s pocket due to a the huge sum of money outlay it requires. You will note, even if you were the Mp/President it is not possible to do it from your pocket.

Secondly have you ever heard of flying toilets? I know you have started wondering how a toilet can fly. However, Raila has done a lot to build decent toilets for his constituents and at least one can comfortably ease his/her natural calls unlike in the past.

Thirdly the roads which were impassable due to congestion of unplanned structures have been at least in some manner improved on and now they are passable.

Talk of schools a lot has been done to improve on the mad structures that used exist before he become the Mp. And for your information Lang’ata Constituency does not cover only Kibera slums and neither Raila is the first Mp as you seem to imagine. Raila only become an MP for Kibera recently after a hell of incarceration by Kenyatta and Moi for the sole reason of fighting for good Governance which fully recognizes freedom of speech and many other human rights that were being seriously infringed by the two , that you are now comfortably enjoying without knowing the source.

The way you are reasoning, I can only [guess] you were born in 80’s hence you are yet to grasp Kenya’s socio-political development and the chief players.

Therefore as you try to understand these historical facts I can only advise you to go slow by stopping pointing your fingers at the wrong people or people you do not understand their past.

In addition you should shade the tribal undertone that is evident in your write up however much you struggle to hide it.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Siasa

 

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Who Is Martha Karua Part II

Honorable Martha Karua (HMK) is a Member of Parliament for Gichugu Constituency, an electoral in constituency in Kenya. Gichugu is one of four constituencies in Kirinyaga District, Central Province. The constituency was established in 1963 and was recently renamed as Kirinyaga East Constituency. For purposes of this series, I’ll refer to the constituency in its old name.

Gichugu constituency has over 80,000 registered voters and 58 Polling stations. Gichugu is a rich agricultural area with tea and coffee as the main cash crops and horticulture farming.  The constituency has been represented by Ms Martha Karua for the last 15 years since the introduction of multiparty democracy in 1992.

According to the most recent CCDF Report Card found at http://www.nta.or.ke/reports/crc/Nyeri/Gichugu_January_2011.pdf and information furnished by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), the Gichugu area has seen a number of  development projects through CDF ranging from health, water and education.

Since the introduction of CDF in 2003, there are over 130 complete and ongoing projects in the constituency. There are 3 complete health centers in Riakithiga, Gaciongo and Joshua Mbai; four complete water projects in Kianyaga, Nyaru, Mukia and Ngumara; and seven bridges in Kathata, Konyu, Muratiri, Kanjangiri, Njambo, Gatuki and Karoki.

There has also been ongoing construction of Day secondary schools in the constituency with 10 schools complete thus far under a new policy where the government is encouraging construction of secondary schools in unutilized land owned by primary schools.

The complete secondary schools under this arrangement include Rukenya, Gatunguru, Kianguenyi, Kiandai, Gacatha, Kiaumbui, Kathunguri, Karumandi, Kavote and Thumaita. HMK has also assisted several primary schools in electrification and building of new classes for example at Kiathi, Rwambiti, Gikumbo and Kathunguri. Under her patronage, CDF has also aided in the construction of a laboratory at Ngiriambu primary and a youth polytechnic at Kianyaga.

Ms Martha Karua has also funded planting of trees in all sub locations in the constituency at a total cost of Ksh 400,000. She has also set aside Ksh 2.2 million from CDF to assist poor former students to obtain their secondary school certificates.

Other major CDF projects are revival of the old Kutus Market at a cost of over Ksh 2 million, funding of Gichugu Horticulture exporters association at a cost of Ksh 3 million and funding of Gichugu diary at a cost of Ksh 1 million. She is also responsible for the construction of Kianyaga sub district hospital through the African Development Bank and the tarmarcking of the Rukenya-Kimunye road.

As a member of parliament, HMK therefore appears to be delivering for her constituency and this may in part explain why she has been re-elected successfully since first vying for the seat. I say in part because sometimes a member’s election or re-election to parliament has nothing to do with what that particular member has done on not done for the constituency. Having nothing to go by to the contrary, I’ll give HMK the benefit of doubt that she has and continues to deliver for her constituency.

Were HMK content on being a Gichugu MP and occasionally a minister as she has been, then one could say the Gichugu seat is for her to keep as long as she wishes, given this record. HMK has, however, declared her intention to run for president, which means she will give up the seat at least during this election circle.

The question I am sure she has asked herself and answered is, does she have what it takes to be elected president? I am equally sure she has answered this question in the affirmative otherwise she would not so declare, unless she is simply trying the waters but when push comes to shove, she does not throw her hat in the ring, opting to stay put as Gichugu MP until perhaps another time.

Either way, I think this is an interesting question to ask and answer, namely, does HMK have what it takes to be elected president? Because HMK is a woman and an outspoken and feisty woman for that matter, a lazy answer may just be no, not in a male dominated culture such as ours. However, my hunch is this may be too simplistic and thus my intention to provide an objective and complete analysis to answer the question in this series.

Before answering this question, however, it’s important to first analyze what it would take to launch and conclude a successful presidential run in Kenya, and what it takes to be elected as president in Kenya, which are two different issues, especially in light of our new Constitution. I will then use that analysis as a benchmark against which to measure each candidate starting with HMK.

In Who Is Martha Karua Part III, I will continue to analyze HMK’s quest for the presidency in Kenya.  

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Siasa

 

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The So-Called G7 in Kenya Is a Band of Wannabes and Johnny Come Latelies

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.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Siasa

 

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