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The President’s Men, Arrogance and Abuse of Power In Jubilee Regime in Kenya

15 Jun

President Kibaki

In my today’s column in the Star the President’s Men, Arrogance and Abuse of Power In Jubilee Regime, I make the case it’s often not the president himself who abuses power but those around him.

Excerpt:

Watching a documentary about our first president simply entitled “Meet Jomo Kenyatta,” one could not but come away with the impression that many a thing were connived and carried out by the president’s henchmen without his approval.

The same thing could be said about retired president Daniel arap Moi. Moi was certainly more hands on and therefore knew and approved a lot of what he’s remembered or blamed for than his predecessor, if anything because that was a natural progression from how he came to power.

That the forces that be even as far back as independence did not want anyone but their own to succeed Kenyatta was not secret. By the time then Vice President Moi came to power, clearly against their wishes, he had to constantly look behind his shoulder while learning as quickly as possible how to consolidate power in the minutes he had, if he were to survive, let alone succeed as president.

When now retired President Mwai Kibaki succeeded Moi as our third president in the euphoric elections of 2002, Kibaki quickly ripped to pieces his MOU with then Liberal Democratic Party leader and now former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Kibaki then immediately had a fight on his hands he had to personally get involved in if he was to neutralise or even altogether eliminate (though not physically) Raila.

Game set, the duo went after each other with Raila winning most of the price fights, including shaming Kibaki and Co in defeating the passage of the ill-advised draft constitution Kibaki and his henchmen preferred in 2005.

The defeat stung. Kibaki and his people must have resolved they would not take another defeat from Raila and what close or worse defeat could there have been but the presidency itself?

Is there any doubt therefore why Raila won the popular vote but was not sworn in as president in 2007? The powers that be were simply not going to suffer another defeat in the hands of Raila. If that meant rigging elections, then so be it and it was.

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Watching a documentary about our first president simply entitled “Meet Jomo Kenyatta,” one could not but come away with the impression that many a thing were connived and carried out by the president’s henchmen without his approval.

The same thing could be said about retired president Daniel arap Moi. Moi was certainly more hands on and therefore knew and approved a lot of what he’s remembered or blamed for than his predecessor, if anything because that was a natural progression from how he came to power.

That the forces that be even as far back as independence did not want anyone but their own to succeed Kenyatta was not secret. By the time then Vice President Moi came to power, clearly against their wishes, he had to constantly look behind his shoulder while learning as quickly as possible how to consolidate power in the minutes he had, if he were to survive, let alone succeed as president.

When now retired President Mwai Kibaki succeeded Moi as our third president in the euphoric elections of 2002, Kibaki quickly ripped to pieces his MOU with then Liberal Democratic Party leader and now former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Kibaki then immediately had a fight on his hands he had to personally get involved in if he was to neutralise or even altogether eliminate (though not physically) Raila.

Game set, the duo went after each other with Raila winning most of the price fights, including shaming Kibaki and Co in defeating the passage of the ill-advised draft constitution Kibaki and his henchmen preferred in 2005.

The defeat stung. Kibaki and his people must have resolved they would not take another defeat from Raila and what close or worse defeat could there have been but the presidency itself?

Is there any doubt therefore why Raila won the popular vote but was not sworn in as president in 2007? The powers that be were simply not going to suffer another defeat in the hands of Raila. If that meant rigging elections, then so be it and it was.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-124427/presidents-men-arrogance-and-abuse-power-jubilee-regime#sthash.XrArwKTO.dpuf

Watching a documentary about our first president simply entitled “Meet Jomo Kenyatta,” one could not but come away with the impression that many a thing were connived and carried out by the president’s henchmen without his approval.

The same thing could be said about retired president Daniel arap Moi. Moi was certainly more hands on and therefore knew and approved a lot of what he’s remembered or blamed for than his predecessor, if anything because that was a natural progression from how he came to power.

That the forces that be even as far back as independence did not want anyone but their own to succeed Kenyatta was not secret. By the time then Vice President Moi came to power, clearly against their wishes, he had to constantly look behind his shoulder while learning as quickly as possible how to consolidate power in the minutes he had, if he were to survive, let alone succeed as president.

When now retired President Mwai Kibaki succeeded Moi as our third president in the euphoric elections of 2002, Kibaki quickly ripped to pieces his MOU with then Liberal Democratic Party leader and now former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Kibaki then immediately had a fight on his hands he had to personally get involved in if he was to neutralise or even altogether eliminate (though not physically) Raila.

Game set, the duo went after each other with Raila winning most of the price fights, including shaming Kibaki and Co in defeating the passage of the ill-advised draft constitution Kibaki and his henchmen preferred in 2005.

The defeat stung. Kibaki and his people must have resolved they would not take another defeat from Raila and what close or worse defeat could there have been but the presidency itself?

Is there any doubt therefore why Raila won the popular vote but was not sworn in as president in 2007? The powers that be were simply not going to suffer another defeat in the hands of Raila. If that meant rigging elections, then so be it and it was.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-124427/presidents-men-arrogance-and-abuse-power-jubilee-regime#sthash.XrArwKTO.dpuf

Watching a documentary about our first president simply entitled “Meet Jomo Kenyatta,” one could not but come away with the impression that many a thing were connived and carried out by the president’s henchmen without his approval.

The same thing could be said about retired president Daniel arap Moi. Moi was certainly more hands on and therefore knew and approved a lot of what he’s remembered or blamed for than his predecessor, if anything because that was a natural progression from how he came to power.

That the forces that be even as far back as independence did not want anyone but their own to succeed Kenyatta was not secret. By the time then Vice President Moi came to power, clearly against their wishes, he had to constantly look behind his shoulder while learning as quickly as possible how to consolidate power in the minutes he had, if he were to survive, let alone succeed as president.

When now retired President Mwai Kibaki succeeded Moi as our third president in the euphoric elections of 2002, Kibaki quickly ripped to pieces his MOU with then Liberal Democratic Party leader and now former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Kibaki then immediately had a fight on his hands he had to personally get involved in if he was to neutralise or even altogether eliminate (though not physically) Raila.

Game set, the duo went after each other with Raila winning most of the price fights, including shaming Kibaki and Co in defeating the passage of the ill-advised draft constitution Kibaki and his henchmen preferred in 2005.

The defeat stung. Kibaki and his people must have resolved they would not take another defeat from Raila and what close or worse defeat could there have been but the presidency itself?

Is there any doubt therefore why Raila won the popular vote but was not sworn in as president in 2007? The powers that be were simply not going to suffer another defeat in the hands of Raila. If that meant rigging elections, then so be it and it was.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-124427/presidents-men-arrogance-and-abuse-power-jubilee-regime#sthash.XrArwKTO.dpuf

Watching a documentary about our first president simply entitled “Meet Jomo Kenyatta,” one could not but come away with the impression that many a thing were connived and carried out by the president’s henchmen without his approval.

The same thing could be said about retired president Daniel arap Moi. Moi was certainly more hands on and therefore knew and approved a lot of what he’s remembered or blamed for than his predecessor, if anything because that was a natural progression from how he came to power.

That the forces that be even as far back as independence did not want anyone but their own to succeed Kenyatta was not secret. By the time then Vice President Moi came to power, clearly against their wishes, he had to constantly look behind his shoulder while learning as quickly as possible how to consolidate power in the minutes he had, if he were to survive, let alone succeed as president.

When now retired President Mwai Kibaki succeeded Moi as our third president in the euphoric elections of 2002, Kibaki quickly ripped to pieces his MOU with then Liberal Democratic Party leader and now former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Kibaki then immediately had a fight on his hands he had to personally get involved in if he was to neutralise or even altogether eliminate (though not physically) Raila.

Game set, the duo went after each other with Raila winning most of the price fights, including shaming Kibaki and Co in defeating the passage of the ill-advised draft constitution Kibaki and his henchmen preferred in 2005.

The defeat stung. Kibaki and his people must have resolved they would not take another defeat from Raila and what close or worse defeat could there have been but the presidency itself?

Is there any doubt therefore why Raila won the popular vote but was not sworn in as president in 2007? The powers that be were simply not going to suffer another defeat in the hands of Raila. If that meant rigging elections, then so be it and it was.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-124427/presidents-men-arrogance-and-abuse-power-jubilee-regime#sthash.XrArwKTO.dpuf

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3 responses to “The President’s Men, Arrogance and Abuse of Power In Jubilee Regime in Kenya

  1. Simon mwangi

    June 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    It’s nearly 100 days since Raila lost and Omwenga is still bitter about the outcome, what might have been. I remember him telling us to get used to saying President Raila Amolo Odinga. Monday night quarterbacking has become Omwenga’s crying game. Raila was in Philadelphia yesterday for personal business but was using state resources- Ambassador Odembo, married to his cousin is using the Kenyan Embassy fleet to chauffeur Raila around as if he is still PM but you won’t hear Omwenga condemn such an act of abuse of state resources by private citizens. When Romney lost, he was caught by cameras pumping his own gasoline somewhere in LA. Uhuruto are busy implementing their mandate, nusu mkeka, nusu VIP lounge is beneath their mandate. Omwenga can resourcefully use this column criticizing Uhuru policies as far as they affect mwananchi, not Raila. you exhibit inadequate capacity to move on.

     
  2. Macharia karanja

    June 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Mwangi. Please b ua brother’s keeper. Help Omwenga move on. We are now talking of serious stuff like Industrializatn, given the foreseen stable politcal envirönment. Me going 4 some packagng Machnery in Gmany next mnth bila wasi wasi!! And Kisumu too growing fast, likewise Lamu, Isiolo to Baringo.

     
  3. Harry

    June 19, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    LET ME STATE IT HERE CLEARLY BY CAPITAL LETTERS.RAILA WILL NEVER AND I REPEAT NEVER LORD OVER US,WHAT DO A 70 YEAR OLD FART OFFER US,20 YEARS AS KIBERA MP AND HE DID ZERO.TO HELL WITH HIM.

     

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