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Gusii Is Fully Loaded–An Update

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In Gusii Is Fully Corded I said “Having accompanied the Cord team for rallies and having witnessed the historic crowd in Kisii Stadium with my own eyes, there is not a question Gusii is fully Corded. This was not the case just a few weeks ago.

Not surprisingly, and as they always do–copying, imitating or otherwise trying to replicate Raila/Cord successes, Uhuru and Co went back to their drawing boards trying to figure what they can do to not necessarily match for they can’t, but slow down the momentum Raila and Cord have picked in the most reliably independent of all communities in the country.

Their goal, having seen they cannot but pick a handful of votes in Gusii, and they stated it publicly, is to harvest about 10 percent of the Kisii vote and they are “home.”

Following the script of this strategy, the Uhuru schemers went into overdrive with their point-man in Gusii, the never has been so-called “Professor” Ongeri to try and make some come back there.

The “professor” who really gives professors a bad name, and his minions concocted a plan that they also initially tried to recruit Omogaka Simeon Nyachae to bring Uhuru and Co back to Gusii in what they hoped will be a huge rally to try and undo what Raila and Cord have gainfully done in the recent past.

Nyachae, who most of my readers know to be someone I consider a friend and political mentor, initially declined to work with the Ongeri clowns and this only in the last week or so.

Today, I am told Uhuru camped out at a Kisii hotel where he was doing what he does best and the only thing he knows in politics, and that’s dishing out money in the hopes of buying support.

Reliable sources tell me a plan was concocted and unfortunately involving my friend Nyachae in which people were being paid from Kshs100 to 500 to attend an impromptu rally at Kisii Stadium.

When this shameless facilitation was complete, Uhuru with Nyachae in tow went to the “rally” and what happened from there is something I would not wish to blog about but do out of necessity because the truth must be known no matter whether it’s someone like Nyachae I highly respect or an Ongeri who I really have never had any good reason to.

Nyachae took to the podium and thought it fit to declare his support for Uhuru.

The reasons he gave for the support are shocking except for one I can understand as reasonable and these are:

First, Nyachae claims as compared to Raila, the Uhuru team has plenty of money–which is really nothing revealing in by itself other than it was Nyachae himself saying this–a very wealthy person in his own right you would think money or the consideration of it would not be a factor in who he supports.

Second, and this is the reason I would not have any issue with any time because I understand its premise and underlying logic, Nyachae says he supports Uhuru because his father was his friend and was good to him (Nyachae) when he was a civil servant.

Third reason Nyachae gave but not in a direct way–and this is the shocker to me, is publicly dissing his own son, Charles, CIC Chairman, for supporting Raila/Cord, which is another way of saying Nyachae would not and cannot support Raila.

I understand where my good friend Nyachae’s reluctance to support Raila comes from and I have previously blogged about it; in a nutshell, it’s largely because Raila said Kibaki tosha in 2002 when Nyachae and those of us with him had hoped Raila would have said Nyachae tosha.

Raila’s decision was a stinger and I can speak to that because I know we all knew the moment he said Kibaki tosha, Nyachae’s presidential bid was finished and over with without any much further effort on anyone’s part, including Nyachae in what he did or could not do afterwards.

However, after all these years, one would think Mzee Nyachae would let that go.

He has not and acting on the same emotion, my good friend has probably committed the most embarrassing thing he ever could notwithstanding the many decades he has said and done great things as a civil servant, businessman and politician.

It is my hope and wish my good friend Nyachae can have a moment of reflection and reverse what he has done for he will be harshly charged in history in these graceful sun-setting days of his illustrious career.

In the least, Nyachae has to and must retract the public humiliation of his son Charles, whom he also challenged to sue Kibaki over the non-gazettement of the land reform commission.

As a father and senior elder, he owes his son that much.

As a previously highly regarded Gusii leader and still in some respect still is, he owes the community either a retraction of his obviously hasty endorsement of Uhuru or better reasons for the endorsement for his own legacy;

I doubt my good friend Nyachae can come up with any reasons that would persuade the more than 70% of Abagusii who will vote for Raila and Cord candidates come March 4, 2013, but he can try.

The least he can do, is erase or at least try to erase the embarrassment and major stain to his legacy that would remain were the not to retract or modify the reasons he gave for the endorsement and even above all, his dissing of his own son, which I would have to believe and must believe was not done with much reflection.

Were Nyachae to reflect on the latter, I have no doubt he would agree with what I have said at least with respect to that blunder.

It’s also the right thing to do under our community’s traditions and culture, which he knows very well and is a major part of.

His own father, Senior Chief Nyandusi will demand nothing less.

As for Raila and Cord, Gusii is fully corded no matter what Nyachae does the only counsel I’ll give him as both a friend and political mentor is, people do make mistakes that’s why pencils have erasers; he has made one, but it’s not too late to erase the mistake.

No hurt feelings.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Expounding On Raila’s New Vision; What Is He Really Saying?

In 2001, I drafted a document I simply called the Millennium Vision.

At the time I drafted the document, I had not paid any particular attention to any candidate then vying for the presidency at home in the elections which were about to then get in gear for the 2002 election circle.

Each of the top 3 subheadings of the document had the word “Healing” thus, A. Healing the Nation (Social/Cultural); B. Healing the Nation (Economic) and C. Healing the Nation (Political). These were followed by five other subheadings without the word “healing.”

I drafted the document purely as an expression of my thoughts on what I thought was important for any presidential candidate to focus on.

Again, I had not decided on who to support for president and neither had I even discussed with any of my family or friends what their views were about the elections.

Shortly after drafting this document, however, a friend of mine and I started talking about the 2002 elections and in short order, we both decided that, looking at the landscape, Nyachae was the person ideally placed to succeed Moi and that therefore we should support his candidacy.

For those who follow my blogs, you’ll know back then I was as anti-Raila as one could be starting from when Raila decided to merge NDP with KANU in 1997, which I thought was a total betrayal of his reformist credentials and especially given he was going to bed with the same man who had detained him over and over.

I will, of course, later understand why the man did what he had to but not in any of my political science books lining my bookshelf.

Be as it were, when I examined the candidates vying in 2002, I easily concluded Nyachae was the man, not necessarily because he was Kisii as I am but simply because of his mile long resume as an effective administrator, businessman and politician unlike what any of the other candidates had.

In fact, not even the fact that my friend, a professor at that time and to this day, was already good friends with Nyachae and was on board as one of his advisors had me tilting towards Nyachae but all that changed when I met face to face with the man himself and was convinced thereafter that he was, indeed, the man.

Soon after meeting with Nyachae in Washington, DC, my friend and I embarked on the journey to get Nyachae elected with I primarily focusing on Diaspora resources and my friend and others concerned with activities on the ground.

I remember the event we announced his candidacy at the then Safari Bar and Restaurant very well because it put a very big dent in my pocket, having footed the whole bill for the event when everyone assumed it was deep-pocketed Nyachae who footed it.

Not a penny and there was not even a discussion of him doing so at any time; sometimes we do things for the love of our country and causes we believe in but I fully understand why it’s difficult for people to believe that to be the case.

Anyway, fast forward to end of that year, Raila said “Kibaki Tosha” and the rest is history.

I recall the 2002 elections and the documents I reference above now because, several of the individuals who were initially involved in the Nyachae campaign and some even to the end as I was and I do not now see eye to eye when it comes to who should next lead our country.

Indeed, what I find interesting, is not one of them is supporting any conventional candidates as I can tell; rather, they are either mum as to who they are supporting or, if they have indicated anything, they are leaning in the direction of the so-called G47 or Third Force.

What I also find rather very interesting is, I have no idea who these individuals supported in 2007 and have tried but cannot even recall having any one of them associated with ODM during that period; they might and could have as well been die-hard ODM but I just don’t recall even running into any of them during the campaign either in these fora or on the ground but that’s neither here or there.

It is, as I say, very interesting that 10 years ago, we were pretty much on one side of the political divide, but now quite the opposite.

Nothing wrong with it; I just find it that interesting and of note.

The question I ask is, who changed? Did I change? Did they change?

My suspicion is they would claim they have changed with the evolving political winds but sometimes, one must be circumspect not to be overly presumptive as to what change entails.

I have heard of the refrain all current politicians are corrupt or inept and therefore unfit to be elected president.

This, of course, is in my view and pragmatically looking at things, sweeping with too broad a brush.

Yes, there are those in current leadership who are corrupt or inept or both but so, too, do we have a number who are neither but are quite the opposite in terms of being clean and are otherwise in every measure able and effective leaders ideal for election as president.

I associate with the latter, but not the former.

Back to the Millennium Vision document I reference above, I have actually never seen it since 2002; not even before or during the 2007 elections when I was this time actively campaigning for Raila.

When I saw the subheadings of this document earlier today, I was prompted to try and think why I would have had the subheadings so prominently focused on “healing” and remembered with little juggling of my memory that, in 2001, our country had sunk to the lowest levels any can sink and I therefore felt as though we were actually very ill as a country and needed healing.

Little did I know PEV was in the making and would explode in 2008, requiring healing as it now does in the true sense of that word!

It’s truly thought provoking when I look at this document and think, there I was in 2001 thinking about healing our nation of things that now pale in comparison to the near genocide we experienced in 2008.

While pondering these thoughts prompted by revisiting this document, I saw another related document I drafted at about the same time with the aforementioned friend who worked with me in initially setting up the Nyachae operations in the Diaspora in 2001.

This is actually a document we posted as a welcome or home page on a site that was designed to be a vehicle of communication and information sharing for Nyachae and the Diaspora but for reasons that are not relevant now, never became publicly operative.

The document essentially summed up why Nyachae was running for president and why he should be elected president.

Reading through the document, however, it’s hard to believe it was written more than 10 years ago.

Almost word by word, the document has the same sense and purpose in meaning and even more urgently applicable today than it did more than 10 years ago when it was drafted and this is really the point of my blog:

I completely agree with Raila and his new vision that we need not reinvent the wheel; the vision for our country is right there in the ideals expressed in our national Anthem!

I know we have sung the national Anthem a million times but do we really take in all of what these words mean?

Is everything we can dream of as Kenyans not prayed for and included in our national Anthem?

Are the ideals and aspirations espoused in our national Anthem not all the vision and dream we can have for our country?

Let’s revisit these greatly inspiring words:

O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.

Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

In composing the national Anthem, “it was expected that the lyrics would express the deepest convictions and the highest aspirations of the people as a whole.”

“Considering that words can either unite or divide, great care had to be taken to ensure that the Anthem was an indisputable unifying factor in the life of the nation.”

When the commission of five rendered their final version, “what came out was a national song where the people of Kenya sought special prayers and blessings from God, the creator of this universe to protect the land of Kenya from any foreign attack.”

“The song emphasizes unity, peace and liberty not only within the country but also with the neighboring countries.”

When I look at the Millennium Vision document, I see nothing but a reflection of these words.

When I see the welcoming document, I see nothing but a promise to fulfill these words.

There is no need to reinvent the wheel; the founders of our nation had this figured out in this unifying document, which identifies and ropes us together as a people of one nation we call Kenya.

We have recently promulgated a new Constitution setting forth the liberty we have sought for decades in having a government that is responsive to the needs of the people not a blot of itself.

The blue print for the necessary reforms is enshrined within the document.

Right now, given where we have reached in our country’s history, what we need are three basic things prayed for in our national Anthem: Unity, Peace and Plenty to live on.

That’s it.

Fulfilling the rest of our convictions and highest aspirations will simply flow from having these basic 3 aspirations met.

The missing link, is a transformative leader who understands this and is capable of getting us there.

This is what I hear Raila saying as his vision.

I see none better and neither does one really exist.

Peace, Love and Unity

Omwenga.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Politics

 

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