In the recent past, there has emerged a new alignment in Kenyan politics that is getting a lot of people really worried that that their hopes and wishes to “stop” Raila may, after all, fail miserably.
This alignment relates to a movement currently known as Limuru 2B loosely defined to be a counter to Gema but one, unlike Gema which stands for preserving the politics of the past where tribal alliance and dominance remains king, is one which rather looks to and is determined to join others in building a Kenya where neither tribe nor status in society should matter in leadership or any other aspect of our lives for that matter.
The movement is already under attack among other things as being a reemergence of Mungiki.
Here are what’s known and fact: A large number of Kikuyus would not vote for Raila for any number of reasons.
In fact, it’s well within reason to conclude as shall be verified when the votes are cast and counted in this general election circle that Raila will receive the least number of votes from that community, followed by the Kalenjin but the latter all depending on how ongoing negotiations and realignment within the region end, for the region could fully revert to Raila akin to 2007 and hand him a landslide.
Among the Kikuyus who would not vote for Raila, for many if not all of them it wouldn’t matter what reason is available to be offered as being determinative, if they had to give one and to the extent they can say it’s because people like Maina Njenga and their followers have decided to support Raila, then that’s really nothing but a feel-good proposition and posturing.
In other words, it’s a reason offered as cover to camouflage the real reason or reasons.
Now, before someone payukas and starts saying something way off in response to what I am saying, let me be clear and repeat what I have said before there are those within the Kikuyu community as in all other communities who would not vote for Raila for reasons that have nothing to do with hating him or tribalism just as there are many within the community and others who would vote for Raila simply because they believe he is the best qualified among those vying and has proven given the opportunity, he can do more for the country than any one of these other contenders.
The other fact is, these youth from the Kikuyu community and the rest of the country for that matter are going to make a difference in the 2012 vote because their leaders have resolved the country needs change in direction and that key in that change is mobilizing these youth and others in the country to collectively say enough of the nonsense of the past wherein they were taken for granted, used, misused and abused.
It should also be noted there is a difference as in day and night between Mungiki and this new movement involving the youth from the former Central even though many are busy and breathlessly so trying to lie to the public that the two are one and the same simply because they see the movement as likely benefiting Raila.
Here is another fact: any movement for change is going to benefit all those who believe in its cause.
If this movement examines the candidates in contention for the presidency and determines that Raila is the best qualified and throws their support behind him, that’s a fact people must accept and learn to cope with than trying to vilify and demonize the group or movement for that’s what politics is all about, namely, candidates presenting themselves for election and letting the people decide on the basis of their merit and qualification, not because of tribal affiliation or other invidious motivation.
Limuru 2B is not Mungiki and that case will be made louder and clearer in the days, weeks, and months to come such that when it’s all said and done, everyone would come to the realization that Kenya has, indeed, turned the corner is headed in the new direction where new paradigms are being defined and brought to live right before our eyes.
We are witnessing history as it were, without knowing it yet for some and by that I mean not everything that happens any given time is of historical importance but the realignment of the youth from the Kikuyu community and their commitment to seeking leadership that finally addresses their plight is of historical magnitude.
Put another way, no amount of vilifying and demonizing is going to make a difference in this emerging movement and those who are demoralized and depressed because of this emerging movement may as well get used to it because as the Orange Democratic Movement before it, this, too, shall impact our politics for equal good if not more and the merging of the two movements will forever change the country, especially in simultaneously dealing a blow in tribalism as we know it while bringing about change in leadership much more desirable than what else is being offered as an alternative.
My message to our brothers and sisters from the former Central is don’t join in the choir to vilify and demonize these youth for the sake of preserving status quo and advancing the interests of the very few selfish, uncaring and greedy who stand to lose if these youth and others like minded succeed in their cause.
Instead, join those like yours truly cheering them on and doing whatever can be done to make sure their quest is noted and resoundingly so through the ballot, not the bullet.
After all, other than those who have in the past committed crimes for which they should be held responsible as anyone else committing a crime, these are young men and women who have done nothing wrong other than being born in a country where they have been denied the opportunity to live a decent living because of corrupt politicians who would rather use them for their own selfish gain than doing anything to even as have a token positive impact in their lives.
It is my firm believe someone like Raila understands the plight of these youth and is ready to do what it takes to finally address their plight and put them on course to live a life free of the desperation, poverty and disillusionment they all live in today.
All he needs is the opportunity to do so beyond the constricted and constrained one he has had thus far and what better opportunity would that be other than being reelected as president.
Let the work begin to finally make that happen, if it hasn’t already in all of us.