By Joseph Lister Nyaringo
The voice of one mortal man Raila Odinga, has disoriented the government of the Republic of Kenya. He is the subject in many kitchens, eating joints, State house, bedrooms, offices, Churches and mosques. I’m yet to comprehend why this hype from the Jubilee regime over Cord’s Saba Saba rally.
I also wonder why the government of Kenya with the overall management of the state affairs is in a state of panic due to activities of mere political opposition.
The Jubilee regime of Uhuru Kenyatta has forgotten the threat from the Al-Shabaab terror group, insecurity and the poverty in the country and has instead made Raila Odinga and the Cord coalition their daily agenda.
Kenyans, Raila Odinga is a mortal man just like all of us. He is not Joseph Kony of the LRA or Abubakar Shekau of the Boko Haram. We only have one arm in Kenya. The political opposition has got no known militia to terrorize the country to capture power.
Majority of Kenyans are in agreement that Cord’s concerns about the current state of the nation are genuine.
While I don’t agree with everything Raila does, the Cord leader has remained consistent and a strong voice for the downtrodden proletariat by the bourgeoisie in our society. Those who are deprived social justice, equity, equality and fairness see Raila, as their true advocate.
There is no way the Jubilee government can win the argument against Cord or derail Raila’s influence in the country if the poverty stricken poor continue being the majority. This poor majority poor aren’t after quick fixes. They however, see Cord as the right voice because the Jubilee government has failed to offer them hope.
The character of a good opposition which cares about the future of a country is not to rejoice or salivate when the government in power is failing but to provide tangible alternatives especially when a country is in a crisis.
That is why I think Uhuru’s government is the luckiest to have opponents who want to provide alternative avenues to get the country out of the current challenges and ultimately improve our national wellness.
A true friend is one who reminds you to zip up your trouser and not the one who remains silent so you can be ashamed in public! What Raila’s Cord is doing is reminding Uhuru Kenyatta, to zip up his pants or precisely pursuing audience to offer ideas which can help get Kenya out of the current mess.
The three Cord Principals are doing Jubilee a favour by trying to tell the government where they have gone wrong and offer alternatives for improvement.
If Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Raila Odinga were sadists, they would be feasting over Jubilee’s failures. Just as the Swahili saying goes, “vita vya panzi, ni nehema ya Kunguru.” (the vulture rejoices when two wild beasts are rocking horns).
The ultimate winners for any positive dialogue will be Kenyans and President Uhuru, for it will earn him respect for showing statesmanship…
The country is back to the trajectory of disunity which dominated President Mwai Kibaki’s 10 years regime, despite being voted on a united platform in 2002. He had the best opportunity to mend fences and nurture ethnic harmony but he aborted it less than a year in office. In fact, when we look deeper, it’s Kibaki who laid the genesis for Kenyans to clobber each other in the 07/08 post election violence.
Fast backward, former President Moi was dictatorial but the Country was united. Moi hated the opposition but never marginalized any specific community in his government. His dining table had most Kenyan communities. That is why the Kanu regime lasted for too long.
Today, when the likes of Kalonzo, Raila, and Khalwale talk about equity and safeguarding regional balance in the national government as per the constitution, they are labeled as tribalists and purveyors of havoc.
I want to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta to tell Kenyans and more particularly the Luyia community why has destroyed the political career of Eugene Wamalwa and Musalia Mudavadi?
Does it impress any Luyia when Uhuru duped these two young leaders before and after the last election? In fact, Mudavadi even went ahead to sign a post election-pact between his Amani coalition and Jubilee but he remains a spectator.
Let us call a spade a spade and not a big spoon. Uhuru diluted Wamalwa and Mudavadi’s career and dumped them…
In my home front, how does the Kisii community feel when one of their best minds, Bitange Ndemo, is not utilized to help the country? Ndemo’s views in the media speak volumes about his professional prowess. The number is huge of Kenyan professionals at home and abroad who are ignored because they don’t belong to the tribe in power.
In fact, there is a lot of grumbling in the Rift Valley, despite massively voting for Uhuru over unfairness in the allocation of government jobs.
Kenya’s cancer cannot heal with the use of Panadol. The Right medicine and therapy is for the current government to ensure equity and equality as well as implementing the TJRC recommendations. This is the surest way for Uhuru Kenyatta to enjoy his Presidency.
Otherwise, Saba Saba will pass but what is a head will be titanic. Kenyans from Moyale to Namanga; Mount Elgon to Liboi will rise up irrespective of tribe, creed and gender to fight and pave the way for a leadership which will care about them.
For Jubilee regime to continue using sycophants like Aden Duale, Kithure Kindiki and Murkomen as attack dogs on the opposition is a waste of time. Not even the rants in the media by the likes of Moses Kuria will save Uhuru, during the inevitable hour.
The Saba Saba rally will be over but tough times are ahead for the Jubilee regime unless they do something to pacify the Country. Cord has set a tempo which may not end on 7/7/2014.