Retired veteran journalist Mohamed Warsama shared the following SMS he says he sent to Hons. Anyang Nyong’o, Hassan Joho, Kalembe and others expressing his apparent displeasure with the removal of Balala from the cabinet and not appointing someone else from Mombasa to replace him:
“This is no longer a partisan issue. It is an issue affecting the whole Mombasa Community. We must stand as One People for our rights, not beg for them. If all other big towns have Ministers in the Cabinet, it goes without saying Mombasa also must have its share of Cabinet jobs. The era of standing with a cap in hand and begging for crumbs from the table is gone for good. Raila’s action will strengthen MRC’s hand in its campaign for Pwani Sio Kenya!”
In response to Mohamed, I said as follows:
We need to move Kenya from where appointments to the Cabinet and other key positions are made on account of connections with the appointing authority or on account of tribe or community as is the case now to where appointments are made on account of merit, period.
The constitution provides for regional, not town or city balance.
By your formula, each “big town” must be represented in the cabinet. What about small towns? Are the citizens who live in those towns not Kenyans whose interests should also be represented in the cabinet?
This is a slippery slope argument you really should abandon.
I expect you and all of us to call for appointments based on merit and fitting the requirements under Chapter Six of the constitution for if you start going the road of seeking appointments based on any other criteria, you will be taking our country back to where we have been and should never return to.
Also, I know its hard for some but try and separate church from politics. I like what the former Chief Kadhi Sheikh Hammad Muhammad Kassim said some time ago to Muslims and that is, “choose leaders who would champion the interests of the community…Let us vote in leaders who have our interests at heart.”
This is obviously counsel that applies to all Kenyans, not just Muslims.
Let us chose leader who would champion our collective interests, not their own interests or the interests of a few.
That is the criteria and I hope you and all others can join in pushing it as opposed to others which promote nothing but division and/or hatred.
As for the sacking of Balala, it was long overdue.
No party leader can tolerate a person who constantly badmouths him or her and shows no loyalty even to the party itself for as long as Raila did.
Balala is now whining about the sacking which he must be a moron of the decade if he didn’t see it coming yet he is moronically invoking his religion and other nonsense to try and paint Raila in bad light and try to gain sympathy.
Sometimes one really wonders how dumb some of these politicians can be or do they think Kenyans are so dumb as not to see their shameless idiocy?
The following responses in the Standard Online where Balala’s shameless whining is reported say it all:
|On Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:48 PM , Elizabeth Langat, Kenya wrote:|
|By his own words & actions he quit ODM long ago, that makes him the one betrayed Raila & ODM. Parties are like families, they have heads. When one starts disrespecting the head (& family) while benefiting from it, how long should he be tolerated? If he had any integrity/principles as claimed he would have left long ago without casting aspersions. His are mere infantile tantrums|
|2. On Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:43 PM , Wamiti Jemedari., United States wrote:|
|So Mr. Balala you needed the post that much that you are now crying and whining after all the show-off and chest thumping? Whoever said that you know the importance of something when you lose was right.|
|3. On Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:36 PM , Hassani, Kenya wrote:|
|Hon.Balala please do not drag Muslims into your predicament. We are tired of selfish leaders like you misusing Islam for your own financial benefits. You did not involve us when signing so do not involve us now that you are jobless.|
|4. On Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:34 PM , Peter Otieno, Kenya wrote:|
|I thought the pact with moslems was valid as long as Balala was in ODM. Raila has no obligations to non-ODM MPs that Balala was before being sacked. It’s Balala who sacked himself by leaving ODM, and making noise about it. if anything is he the only moslem?, and what proportion are moslem voters of Arab origin at the coast?|
|5. On Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:31 PM , Mag Piny, Uganda wrote:|
|Just wait for next elections mweshimiwa. No need for bickering.|
|6. On Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:27 PM , Sylvan, Kenya wrote:|
|“…………prompting the leaders of his faith to prevail upon him to sacrifice his presidential ambition in 2007 and support the PM”. Deep down you know your presidential ambition is not a threat to anyone.|