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RIP The People’s Watchman Martin Shikuku, Hello Politics As Usual

I applaud the venerable and now late Martin Shikuku’s funeral organizers for dissing Mudavadi in having Speaker Marende introduce the PM to address the mourners. This was an appropriate break from protocol in Mudavadi’s own backyard to show Raila is the man to beat as all polls show much to the chagrin of Mudavadi who quite frankly looked very boyish and amaturish in his remarks.

How can someone seriously urge a crowd not to consider voting for a comedian to elective office? Since when does being comical or funny become a disqualification for holding elective office? Is Mudavadi’s lack of sense of humor and boring character now something he wishes to avenge by railing against Raila’s good sense of humor and charming character?

Well, whoever is advising him to go down that road is as dumb as whoever advised him to decamp from ODM and if its the same person or persons, then more so the reason he should fire him or them and start thinking for himself for that way he may finally start making the right calls on many of these things, including returning to ODM, which he should seriously consider if he wishes to remain relevant in Kenyan politics after 2013 general elections.

I like what both Speaker Marende and Hon. Wetang’ula said at the funeral, namely, Raila and Mudavadi should avoid exchanging fire with each other and that Mudavadi should not seek the presidency merely on account of being a Luhya, respectively.

I would only add to Weng’ula’s statement to say neither should Mudavadi or anyone else seek the presidency simply to deny Raila the Luhya vote–or the vote of any other community for that matter for doing so is primitive and undemocratic.

Let every man and woman go out there and make the case why he or she should be elected president, governor or whatever and let the people make the choice, not ganging up against one based on these primitive notions of tribalism and negative ethnicity.

Note to the late Shikuku: Samahani wasamehe awa wanasiasa walileta siasa kwa mazishi yako dhidi mapendekezo yako; they couldn’t help it and hope you understand.

Someday we shall be able to bury our departed national figures or their family members minus the politics but even then it won’t be completely without politics much as we wish it otherwise.

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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Politics

 

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The Kibaki Succession Game and Raila; The Unfolding Truth and Other Revelations Part II

In Parallels and Contrasts Between Mitt Romney and Raila Odinga, I mentioned the “anyone but Romney” spot that was variously occupied by individuals who would sooner than later crash and burn only to be replaced by others who did the same thing until the list of possibilities was exhausted, leaving Romney to occupy the spot himself without any further effort to replace him.

This scenario is eerily similar to what’s going on in the KSG.

All opponents, political and personal enemies of Raila have created this same spot for “anyone but Raila” (“ABR”) that initially was occupied by a group that proudly presented itself to the public as the KKK alliance—Kikuyu, Kalenjin and Kamba tribal alliance.

The Kenyan political scene as any other is never short of dumb ideas but the rolling out of this group of tribal leaders as KKK was so dumb, even the masters of Divide and Rule politics came out and openly told them this was a really dumb thing to do.

They heeded and quickly morphed into the so called G7.

Instead of having a grouping of 3 tribes to gang-up against Raila, it was better, the wiser minds concluded, to morph into a grouping of 7 tribes.

History will tell which was more dumber than the other one but what we do know for now, is that the so-called G7 may not exist anymore courtesy of its own unchecked ambitions and the very tribalism it was intended to exploit.

Be that as it may be, at its inception and as discussed in The Kibaki Succession Game and Raila Part I, KSG schemers featured one William Samoei Ruto as its inaugural ABR.

The inauguration was not exactly of State proportions but none other than President Mwai Kibaki himself graced the occasion in Eldoret on January 21, 2011 to announce to the world that Ruto was now the occupier of the freshly minted ABR.

Ruto will also be the first ABR to crash and burn from that spot for the reasons stated in the aforementioned blog.

No different than a spinster who goes into overdrive to find a man to marry quick before kicking or worse—and yes, there can be worse; the KSG schemers went into overdrive to find someone to replace Ruto as ABR.

The search was far and wide, even deep but each time a suitable person was identified, 10 pieces of unwanted baggage were found attached to him they could not shake him loose from.

Then the most brilliant among them—and note the key word here is “them,” put forth an idea: why not just take over ODM?

“How?” a befuddled lesser brilliant mind of the group inquired.

“Simple,” intoned the originator of the idea, “we identify someone within ODM we can marshal support within but from behind the scenes to challenge Raila for the party flag-bearer position and if we play our cards right, we can have our person nominated as ODM candidate only to destroy him in the general elections with our own true choice and leave ODM in tatters.”

“Brilliant!” exclaimed one of the octogenarians in the group, “now; who shall the chosen one be to carry out this dirty trick?” he inquired.

“Mzee; that’s simple,” came the reply from another now awake not so much of an octogenarian but close—adding, “that should be Musalia himself.”

“Why him?” inquired a previously mum veteran politician in the group seemingly dumbfounded and perplexed with where all this came from or was headed.

“Well, let’s see,” came the assuring and even commanding voice of the originator of the idea, “for one, the man is really no man of his own therefore we can mold him to whatever we wish to.”

“Second, besides the votes we can buy outright among ODM delegates to propel him to the top of ODM as its party nominee for president, we can actually easily convince even good supporters of Raila that he is a better bet for the party, given the polarizing nature of Raila’s candidacy.”

“Hmm, I like that,” intoned the now barely awake octogenarian.

“Third, given the party strength in the western part of the country, we only have a chance if we prop up and support either a Luo or Luhya and of all the potential candidates we can consider, none comes close to Musalia and even he, its rolling a dice with our money and faith.”

“What about Euni…ah, Eugine Wamalwa?”

[Laughter in the room]

“Okay, I suppose that means we are left with Musalia as our only option” growled the octogenarian bringing the discussion to an end with instructions to the lead schemers to work-out the rest of the details how to go about the scheme to install Mudavadi as ABR to succeed Ruto.

“Sir, before we close this meeting, may I inquire how do we get Mudavadi to agree to this without knowing we are simply using him only to dumb him later?” inquired one of the rare young minds in the group.

“Again; that’s easy,” the not so much of an octogenarian assured, adding “all it would take is a call from Baba.”

“And how do we get Baba to make the call, he being not part of us?” further inquired the rare young mind in the group.

“Young man; good, sharp questions that show promise you have a future in this dirty politics for those are the things you must ask and answer long before you engage in this game and we have,” came the answer from the originator of the idea, disclosing this idea did not just spring up out of nowhere; he had carefully thought it through this was just the moment to bring it to the fore within the group.

“Nothing will please Baba than to knock Raila out of the presidential run,” bemused the now gleeful originator of the idea, adding, “I know because he and I have had a chat about it and I saw with my own 4 eyes the excitement the idea aroused in him.”

Meanwhile, with his face and smile literally saying, “At your service Sirs; how can I be of use?” when the call came, MM literally said the same thing word by word.

“First, we would like you to challenge and defeat Raila as ODM flag-bearer,” came the answer.

Laughing rather loudly almost to the point of choking, MM nonetheless requested for more time to do “consultations,” which was another way of saying he is indecisive and can’t help it but would need guidance from his sidekicks who are not any better than he is, which explains much of what is going on with KSG even as I pen this blog.

“I know just how to do that,” replied the dull but still smiling high stakes politics newbie, several days later, adding, “I shall seek to replace Raila in the name of ‘internal democracy’ and if you give me enough support (read money), I surely as hell will deliver his political head to you after defeating him and taking over ODM as its leader and flag-bearer.”

The schemers and MM could not contain themselves with excitement of even the thought of MM defeating Raila as ODM flag-bearer.

And with that, the MM Project was consummated and the man installed as the reigning ABR; for how long, stay tuned.

In Part III, I will disclose what I know through my own impeccable sources and analysis as to the current state of the KSG.

Excepts thinking ahead: “Because of the bungling in his fake bid to challenge Raila under the false name of “internal democracy,” the schemers were faced with a dilemma: to drop the idea altogether or salvage it with its concomitant risk of total failure.”

And with that, MM was converted from a pawn to be used in the high stakes game of KSG to, in the minds of the schemers, their only hope to defeat Raila altogether in the general elections.

To say the man is now not only the unchallengeable ABR but also the de facto Vice President of the Republic of Kenya would be feebly stating the case.

Where does that leave Kalonzo Musyoka?

To be continued.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Politics

 

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President Mwai Kibaki Once Again Flips Kenyans The Middle Finger

By appointing Eugine Wamalwa, the errand boy among the so-called G7 as Minister for Constitutional, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, President Mwai Kibaki has once again flipped Kenyans the middle finger.

In essence, Kibaki is telling Kenyans I may not have you pending over with your hands on your toes as I did in 2007 but I am going to screw you the next best way I know how and that is by making these appointment that makes no sense to most of you and I know you know doing so is clearly not in the interest of the country but I do so with delight because I know there is nothing you can do about it.

He may be right; in fact, he is right.

There is nothing even as a beep from anyone about this strange and in your face appointment other than from a few astonished netters expressing their disgust on these fora including yours truly.

It is reported Prime Minister Raila Odinga was consulted on the reshuffle but there is nothing even he could say or do to stop Kibaki from doing what he has done with this appointment, given the portfolio falls on the 3/4 side of his loaf.

Here is some news for the president, though:

If by appointing Wamalwa his intention is to bolster G7 and vicariously implement their agenda and schemes through the ministry of Justuce, Kibaki may be in for a rude shock in that no one would be more watched and every move scrutinized and brought to fore than Wamalwa and, more importantly, no single person or group of persons are ever again going to flagrantly thwart the will of the people ever again if the people have anything to say about it and they do.

As for demoting Mutula Kilonzo, this is more so the president flipping Musyoka the middle finger than anything else and I am unaware of anyone who would feel sorry for Musyoka about that, even though Kilonzo has suddenly found himself the hapless one in this whole saga whichever way one looks at it.

Musyoka’s stock has been barreling south from the south it has been teetering since his disgraceful day he betrayed our nation with his selfish and reckless rush to legitimize Kibaki’s stolen presidency anymore drop will find him totally useless and irrelevant.

The irony of it is it may be its only Raila who can now save Musyoka from total anihilation from the political scene.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Politics

 

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The So-Called G7 in Kenya Is a Band of Wannabes and Johnny Come Latelies

The so-called G7 who are all over the media in Kenya with stories of how they have reconstituted themselves (from KKK) to block Raila is nothing but a band of wannabes and Johnny Come Latelies. The seven are Uhuru (their apparent flag-bearer), Ruto (VP candidate), Kalonzo, Balala, Magara, Wamalwa and Dualle.  Regardless of how they repackage themselves, the band will not win the hearts of Kenyans to win the presidency simply because of how they are going about this.

Moi tried to ram Uhuru down our throats but we repelled him. While Uhuru has every right to contest the presidency, he ultimately must answer three basic questions voters will have in mind (informed as they will be this time around beyond the last time he was defeated) and these are: (1) What has he done since he was last defeated to show he now deserves being elected president–he can’t say being named as one of the ICC PEV suspect qualifies in any way (2) What has he done to demonstrate ability to unite the country which is badly needed than Raila has done or will do? and (3) What has he done at the national, even local level to show he is a better leader than Raila? If he were to be honest, Uhuru will readily agree he falls short compared to Raila in all these measures and more.

The same questions may be asked of Ruto but that is to elevate him to comparison with Raila when there is nothing serious to compare between the two; Raila in this context is the father with a son who thinks he is mature enough to take over as head of the family simply because he now knows how to pee on his own.

As for Kalonzo Musyoka, he is such an open book; pick any chapter and you’ll know everything you need to know about him so much so even this so-called G7 recognizes this and thus the reason they have relegated him to clerical duties in Parliament in their imaginary take-over of the State House. True to his form, Kalonzo has obviously accepted the role for anything thrown his way is good enough.

Balala and Magara names are nominally known at the national level thanks to their mentor, Raila. Once openly Raila loyalists the one thing they have in common with Ruto, a former Raila supporter himself and Moi loyalist is they all three know how to fake loyalty and jump ship when its in their selfish interest to abandon the Captain. In other words, they don’t stand for anything other than for themselves.

The trio and the rest of the band, Wamalwa and Dualle combined are so light weight politically, one can easily dismiss them as irrelevant but it’s tribal politics we are talking about so even giving them credit for their efforts to milk Option A in their playbook, ukabila, to stop Raila, their efforts will still fall short because even factoring in tribalism, Raila is still the preferred candidate precisely because he is the only one running for president who has demonstratively proven he can transcend tribalism and claim national victory as he did in 07.

Ruto goes around bragging that he delivered Rift Valley for Raila in 07 but even he admitted in the Waki Report he was irrelevant in Raila’s carrying the Rift Valley in 07 and so will he be in 2012 when Raila carries the region again.

In sum, to the extent this so called G7 rise above their petty tribal politics and engage Raila in a serious campaign for the presidency, the better for the country as Raila would certainly emerge as an even better and stronger leader for no serious presidential candidate ever takes anything for granted, save Moi and his UK project.

Raila is a serious presidential candidate and he cannot be more different from the likes of Moi and Uhuru in seeking the presidency as he believes in making the case and resonating with the ordinary folks and Kenyans as a whole not running around telling people I and so and so are going to be your president and vice president whether you like it or not, which is quite frankly, dumb. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Siasa

 

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