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The Emerging Political Movement and Change in Limuru 2B Is A Much Welcome Phenomena In Kenya

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Leaders address Limuru 2B rally

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.

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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Politics


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Limuru 2B A Smashing Success And More Is To Come

As an answer to Gema and speaking loudly to what changes are afoot in the Mt. Kenya region, Ngunjiri Wambugu and other progressive organizers, including retired Bishop Gitari, Paul Muite, Hassan Omar and others held a successful meeting in Limuru that has sent shock-waves among those who still backwardly believe that ukabila and other divisive tactics is the way to go in seeking the presidency in Kenya.

It is not for Kenyans are tired of it and want leaders who will unite, not divide the country.

Congratulations to the organizers and a toast to the success of Limuru 2B with more to come.

This group has set the pace, let others follow or be left behind only to come to grips when the reality hits this is the only way to go in the new Kenya, namely, ukabila free politics or at least one where ukabila remains the province of the few still stuck in the past.

Peace, Unity and Truth


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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Politics


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Pro-Change and Anti-Tribalism Group Plans Another Meeting In Limuru

By Moses Njagih, Standard, Saturday, May 26 2012 at 22:40 GMT+3

After the dramatic cancellation of the Limuru 2B Gema meeting last month, the organisers are planning to return to Limuru and finally hold their meeting.

The group will on Wednesday be heading to Jumuia Conference Centre in Limuru, where police evicted them under fumes of teargas.

After the aborted meeting disrupted by security officials over claim it was a security threat, the organisers are exuding confidence that this time, they will push through their agenda.

The organisers plan to meet in Limuru only days after Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru, who is viewed as the groups target in some quarters, set in motion his bid for the presidency by launching The National Alliance party.

But Ngunjiri Wambugu, one of the organisers of the Limuru 2B dismisses claims their meeting targets the DPM.

“We want to deliberately move the socio-political conversation from ‘tribe-thinking’ to ‘Kenyan-thinking’ by challenging tribal narratives from within and across several communities,” says Ngunjiri.

He adds: “After the meeting, we will then launch a movement to challenge tribalism propagated by ethnic chieftains”.

Right to assembly

The disruption and cancellation of the first meeting planned for April 18 attracted condemnation, with the organisers perceived to be “leftists” in Central Kenya politics, complaining the move was an affront to their right to assembly.

In what is seen as a move to insulate the planned meeting from possible cancellation, the group has been waging a battle against security officers in court.

Only last week, High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola ordered Police Commissioner Matthew Iteere to provide security for all those who will wish to assemble for the meeting.

But the court also gave strict conditions the organisers will have to meet before they can assemble, with Justice Lenaola saying they must do it in a peaceful manner and have to be unarmed.

Ngunjiri, who is also the Executive Director of Change Associates, says the requirements stipulated by the court had been met during the earlier meeting.

Wambugu says contrary to police claims, they had followed due process and had asked for security for the meeting they had organised only days after the Limuru 2 championed by official Gema leadership, Uhuru and his supporters.

Police notification

“We had met these conditions during our earlier meeting, and will meet them again on Wednesday. The police notifications have been hand-delivered to the OCS Tigoni, as required by the law and acknowledged,” said Ngunjiri.

He added: “We have this time gone a step further and hand-delivered copies of this notification to the OCPD Lari and the DC Kiambu West”.

As was the case in the first meeting, Ngunjiri says the key speaker on Wednesday will be retired Anglican Church Archbishop David Gitari, while other political leaders such as former Kabete MP Paul Muite, former Runyenjes MP Njeru Kathangu and Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara will respond.

Coincidentally, the three fiery political leaders were among key subjects in the crusade for multi-party politics in the early 1990s and the push for a new Constitution.

Ngunjiri says other MPs including Mithika Linturi (Igembe South), Dr Kilemi Mwiria (Tigania West) and former MP Maoka Maore will also attend.

Others will include Rosemary Kariuki-Machua (JM Kariuki’s daughter), Evelyne Kimathi (Dedan Kimathi’s daughter), Zarina Patel (Author & Publisher), Hassan Omar (Former KNCHR Commissioner) and Bob Ndolo of the Bob Ndolo Foundation.

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga, whose supporters disrupted the first meeting where Uhuru was endorsed as Gema’s preferred presidential aspirant, will also attend.

Njenga has been critical of the manner the first meeting was dispersed, saying the group will not be cowed by police action.

Noble agenda

“We have never understood why the meeting had to be cancelled when the agenda was noble,” he recently said.

A Central Kenya MP, who does not subscribe to this group but who argues the meeting should have been allowed, says the cancellation gave credence to claims Uhuru is being protected.

“In some quarters, it has been claimed Uhuru is engaged in a contest for popularity among the youth in Central Kenya with Maina Njenga, which may not be necessarily so given that the two play in completely different leagues,” says the MP.

He added: “The disruption has given credence to the perception that the police are being used in Uhuru’s favour, which may not be the case. It would only be prudent to allow the group to meet.”

Needless to say, this group’s right to assemble under the constitution should not be interfered with again as was shamelessly the case the last time they tried to gather in Limuru.

We are now past the politics of state intimidation and malicious use of state organs to harass and abuse people for the protection and benefit of those in charge of the organs and their masters.

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Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Politics


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The Police Stopping The Limuru 2B Meeting Is Impunity Per Se and Abuse of Law Enforcement

The police action of blocking the Limuru 2B meeting which was scheduled today to counter the recent Gema and Kamatusa tribal meetings in which certain divisive declarations were made is a shameless act of citing “security” to thwart efforts by progressive Kenyans who want to show Kenya and the world that we cannot change our country unless we shake and rid ourselves of hate based division and tribalism.

Indeed, grave as it is, it is both comical and an irony that the police would move to stop a peaceful meeting organized by conveners like the Hon. Mithika Linturi and activist Ngunjiri Wambugu when they have been missing or more accurately they have looked the other way as “prayer” rallies upon rallies have been held in the country where any casual observer would have concluded the rallies were more about inciting and dividing the country than what they are purported to be.

The police action in stopping the Limuru 2B meeting says more about the police and where we are in reforms than anything about security.

More specifically, and to be more blunt, those in charge of our country’s security apparatus are clearly showing their hand that they will not hesitate to use state instruments such as our police to both thwart efforts to couner groups such as Gema and Kamatusa as well as to advance and effect their wishes in the succession politics.

This is a flagrant violation of both the letter and spirit of the constitution and Kenyans will not stand for it.

It makes many people’s stomachs turn to see tell tale signs that the lessons of PEV have not been learned and shockingly in the very circles where one would think they would have been the first ones to learn and never try to get us back to those dark days, yet, as if with hearts made of iron and steel, an unbelievable and unparalleled elevation in self-importance and sheer arrogance, these characters entrusted with public trust and power or with uninhibited access to same are busy recklessly laying ground for the very repeat of PEV none of us should ever wish to be the case ever again in our country–or elsewhere for that matter.

Fortunately, Kenyans and by that I mean Kenyans who love our country and stand for peace are more enlightened and more vigilant to allow this to happen.

A clique of power hungry individuals cannot hold a whole nation hostage.

As I am sure the organizers were shocked to find out, both the Gema and Kamatusa gatherings were roundly condemned across the country.

The Gema gathering was condemned immediately upon its conclusion by Kenyans from all walks of life who saw it as an attempt to return Kenya to the old days when an earlier version of the same organization was used as an instrument to marginalize and lock out of power all other communities in Kenya.

Politicians from the region with common sense and a spot in their hearts for the country and its unity such as Gitobu Imanyara, Mithika Linturi and Alex Mburi called out the organizers of the Gema meeting as opportunists who were using the occasion to advance their own narrow political and legal interests and not the interests of the communities they purport to represent and demanded an apology.

Other leaders from the region echoed the same sentiments much to the relief of the rest of the country, which began wondering whether we are regressing back to the old GEMA days again.

The same thing happened with the Kamatusa tribal gathering organized by Ruto in Eldoret.

While Ruto’s sycophants supported the divisive gathering, other leaders from the area dismissed the alliance, saying it was “like a cloud without water,” as the Standard Online reported in its story about the event.

The leaders noted that tribal outfits are “tools only used by dictators” and they could not be more right.

Indeed, judging from how things are progressing in the country, more and more Kenyans are simply being turned off by Uhuru and Ruto’s blatant efforts to divide the country and potentially laying the ground for a repeat of PEV by the manner in which they are basically saying they are entitled to run for president the country or the law be damned.

It is in the wake of these tribal gatherings that Linthuri, Ngunjiri and other progressives organized the Limuru 2B meeting that the powers that be have now scrambled to stop because the message of peace and unity in our country the conveners intended to convey goes counter and actually defeats the powers the be’s narrow and selfish interests of trying to shove down our throats a successor to Kibaki someone they prefer rather than letting Kenyans make the choice on their own via an open and transparent elections we must have.

The war ahead is not one of Raila vs Everyone as has been cast from before; rather, the war is one between the forces of impunity vz Kenyans.

It goes without saying that only Kenyans must win this war and this is not an option.

Simply put, enough of impunity

Peace, Love and Unity


Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Politics


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