By Consolata Mutua
Until Mois memory is buried he will continue to hamper, influence politics and leaders and decide who takes what and from where. In 2002, Moi hand picked Uhuru Kenyatta to run for Presidency under KANU, that dissatisfied many KANU members or partners who wished it was democratically done. Upon hearing that Raila left KANU, followed by Ntimama, Saitoti and Kalonzo etc, KANU lost that election because Raila played a big role in deciding who was to win. So the veteran Kibaki won and the freshman Uhuru lost as dictated by Raila. Raila was praised and much praised for helping kick KANU out of power for its corruption, nepotism and tribal clashes. This time Raila advised Kalonzo to vote against the constitutional referendum under Orange banner.
The old KANU feathers have regrouped that is Uhuru, Ruto, Kalonzo etc, to frustrate Raila most likely as he frustrated Uhuru in 2002 general elections. By Uhuru pulling out of ODMK may mean disassociating himself from Raila who was the major player in his losing the 2002 elections. In other words Raila pulled out of KANU which made Uhuru not get elected and Uhuru pulling out of ODMK in 2007 is pay back time to have Raila lose nominations as ODMK torch bearer. Tit for Tat.
Uhuru and Moi are likely to be lenient to Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi as President and Vice. Musalia is the nephew to Moi since Mois sister was married to the late Moses Mudavadi. The comfortable zone or repellant zone has been created which still tells you that Moi retired from office, but not from active party politics. It is sad for a teacher to train students and then those students come from behind to compete with their teacher on promotions. It is actually very humiliating with immature politics from a few who have failed to see the role Raila has played in the Kenyan political history. Every politician if they claim to have supporters who are reliable should steer to the positive politics of respecting others. African culture is respected based on the cultural sharing, raising orphans of the extended family members and at times solving matters using elders. We are not supporting Raila, but we are asking Raila be given a chance this time.
Forced marriage always ends in difficulties, those who are saying consensus seemingly have cast their conviction on Kalonzo and Musalia who will not be able to win by delegates version. Let us enlighten you that you if you compel some ODMK luminaries into consensus when they are likely to win by delegates, even if you win national elections still there will be a big problem of understanding. Consensus is by mutual understanding and delegates nomination is by democratic nomination, some ODMK luminaries are hiding behind curtains of failure and scandals and have opted to use consensus to bail them out. Still if one is forced to consensus it is taken as political rape; Kenya is democratic and exercising rights of democracy that brings satisfaction and confidence within and internationally. The stove has three stands and without one stand the stove will not hold the pot.
It is wise and fair to face delegates than politicians like Musalia who now want easy way of consensus which will groom them to power when he is not even an MP, there is no promise that he will be elected MP, however he wants consensus to uplift his political stock to the executive. Supporters of consensus in ODMK think that Kenyans will vote for ODMK euphoria.
The political point of digestion is will ODMK win elections without Raila? If they are sidelining Raila that he is a Luo and cannot beat Kibaki and a Luo cannot rule Kenya what is the stake on Raila? Raila still has a big chance to frustrate those who are discriminative to his political adventure in ODMK. He has numbers that none of those ODMK aspirants has, he has many politicians behind him and he has the influential capability and the capacity of issue fit for the executive. If it was agreed on delegates to elect a torch bearer why and how does it turn all of a sudden to consensus? That means they cannot win on delegates now they want consensus if that is democracy; democracy in ODMK or democracy in Kenya? Hard to say but quick to point that some candidates have scandals from KANU which may hinder their chances! If you think you are standing watch out you may fall as many rats don’t dig a deep hole.