As I often do, I am posting here my responses to a netter I often engage in a certain Kenyan forum because I believe his views are not unique so others can benefit from mine in response. When I say “You say,” I am quoting the netter, and my responses follow
Thank you for your sober response to my post and, as I always do when I see such (and to your credit is often the case), let me respond in kind as follows:
You say, “I don’t think Kikuyus ever thought they can only vote for a Kikuyu.” I agree and let me be more precise in what I meant to say about this, and many people hold this view: by dint of history and cultural norms, most Kikuyus have always believed and still believe the House of Mumbi must always be at the dinner table, sitting on either end of the table always reserved for mama na baba or guest of honor.
You say, “Right now the only two people mentioned are Raila and Ruto. I believe they are not Kikuyus.” True, but understand this from my metaphor above, which you should also keep in mind when you’re reading this or anything I say about the subject.
You say, “That notion or movement [of only Kikuyus being president] would be a waste of time.” Partially true, when understood by the metaphor above.
You say, “It is non-Kikuyus who held that notion and unfortunately you are among them.” I am sure by now you see what point is meant by this and why your assertion is incorrect or wrong when analyzed from that perspective.
You say, “The confusion is because since 92 when they had a choice, they only voted for Kikuyu candidate. They have had very strong candidates who have been presidential materials.” Being Kikuyu was more of a factor than being a “strong” candidate; in other words, a Kikuyu mannequin would have harvested the same number of votes as did any of those candidates.
You say, “Kibaki and Matiba in 92, Kibaki in 97, Kibaki in 02 and 07, Uhuru in 13 and 17 [had the near unanimous Kikuyu vote because they were “strong” candidates] but, as I note above, being “strong” was only secondary to being Kikuyu in as far as nearly all those who voted cared.
You say, “Today, all Kikuyus to the man agree on letting another person rule and now instead of hearing hallelujah from you and others, I still hear that notion of Kikuyus only supporting Kikuyus.” This is not true. While the general sense among most Kikuyus is the country cannot stand another Kikuyu presidency, there’s a health doze of them who believe otherwise—but let me hasten to add you and I agree they’re an insignificant number.
You say, “Who is that Kikuyu to be voted by Kikuyus in 2022? Wairia or PK? That is news to me.” Take this to the bank: were a Kikuyu to be on the ballot in 2022, he’ll get more votes in Central than all non-serious candidates in the past have gotten across the country—combined!
You say, “Kisiis voted for Nyachae to the man in 02 and you did. Can we say you are a tribalist because you voted for Nyachae?” No, and this is not the issue; if not sure why, read again what I am saying is the point in my post.
You say, “Anyona run but did any serious Kisii vote for him?” No; but they didn’t have to.
You say, “Communities have a way of identifying with a candidate and the leaders play a central role in that decision.” True.
You say, “So if PK rose, and leaders coalesced around him, he will get Kikuyus votes.” My point above.
You say, “For Raila, he needs to compete with Ruto.” He is already.
You say, “Ruto for all his weakness and baggage has known how to reach the Kikuyus and has captured their will.” I don’t know about “capturing their will,” but I’ll give you he figured how to reach Kikuyus (note I am deliberately putting this in the past.”
You say, “The anger from your side is because Mt. KENYA which include Ameru and Embu supports Ruto.” Speaking for myself, and many people I know like me, we are NOT angry at ALL with Ruto having previously gained ground in Central as a serious presidential contender for 2022; in fact, I have said many times here and elsewhere, including my column that if Ruto were to somehow overcome all these forces against him and get elected as president in 2022, I’ll be the first one to congratulate him and will be right there to help him govern.
You say, “Please accept their democrat right to decide on Ruto.” I have never said neither would I that those supporting Ruto have no right to do so; they do.
You say, “Raila is not being rejected because he is Luo but because he has not campaigned and also campaigned against Uhuru.” Partially true and mostly False. There are many who vow they will never accept Raila no matter what and those will never change their views even if Raila moved to central Central and waged daily campaigns from there till the fat lady sings. You’re right Raila has not campaigned in Central nearly as close as Ruto has but that will soon change.
You say, “Uhuru called him a mad man (kimundu Kiguruki) and Kikuyus are asking when that changed.” Hypocrisy is inseparable from politics; were the absence of hypocrisy to be a disqualification for holding office or campaigning for one, there will be no politician holding office, ANWHERE.
You say, “The interests of Mt. Kenya are in Jubilee.” Only until Jubilee merges with the already informally formed super coalition in which case those who you represent or think like you will have the choice to remain or go elsewhere with Ruto.
You say, “They have a stake in that party and not Jubilee otherwise tell me of who is in ODM from there except Kamanda and Waiguru.” You’re stuck in this false belief that this is about Jubilee vz ODM; it is NOT.
You say, “Let Raila find out what Ruto has done to command that massive support.” There’s no “massive” support but there’s support for Ruto in Central which will soon disappear or remain in pockets not enough to overcome the surging tsunami.
You say, “If you think Ruto is not popular there, then be happy because they are only thinking of Ruto and Raila.” 2022 won’t be a popularity contest, rather, who captures 50+1 of the vote, and that man will be none other than the one you know.
You say, “Uhuru is with Raila so this notion that Kikuyus cannot vote for a Luo must be rejected.” Raila has had many Kikuyus who have openly and publicly supported and voted for him, including prominent ones like Sir Charles Njonjo. That was not my point, but I am sure you have seen it by now but, if not, let me make it one more time:
We need a break from yet another Kikuyu or Kalenjin president.
You say, “Ruto is a Kalenjin.”
Exactly my point.