By D Sarkozy
A combination of Machiavellian and Orwellian tactics catapulted the Jubilee duo to political messaging dominance in the last Presidential elections. Most objective political observers will agree that Jubilee won the narrative battle of the last general election. They successfully packaged ICC indictments as Raila’s handiwork!
Truth be told ODM’s lacklustre push back came too late and a dollar short. And by the time Kenyans were thronging the polling stations, most voters in Rift Valley and Central Kenya believed that the Hague trials were Odinga’s grand plan of locking WSR and UK away and have the keys thrown away! Hitherto ODM supporters instantly became anti-Odinga voters.
In short, ODM lost the messaging war. Never mind that the whole premise was hinged on a big, fat lie! Heck, there is the infamous footage of WSR declaring his preference for Hague trials as opposed to the Odinga-backed local tribunals!
Fast-forward to 2015 and Bam! Odinga suddenly wakes up from a messaging slumber and gives a devastating account of the essence, the main event and the key actors behind the whole post-election violence that claimed over one thousand lives and left hundreds of thousands maimed and displaced! To say that it caught Jubilee cheerleaders off-guard is an understatement.
Odinga’s account puts the President squarely in the thick of things, it crowns him the key architect of the violence and the hand behind WSR’s Hague tribulations. Odinga’s statement also places the Â uber-vocal MP-Select from Gatundu Moses Kuria perfectly at UK’s office as a key political handyman. In other words, Odinga went nuclear on an adminstration that often displays Josef Goebbels’s signature techniques.
WSR and the Kalenjin nation now know who did them in and its time to wake up and smell the coffee. WSR delivered more votes to RAO than the then VP candidate Musalia Mudavadi and as such was a key pillar in ODM and to think that at the height of the mayhem, RAO would betray the man who gave him a brief case full of votes is a big joke. Instead, what RAO did to WSR was to allow him to pick a ministry of his choice and gave him full autonomy of all the parastatal appointments related to his ministry of choice. Naturally, as a trained Botanist, WSR picked the ministry of Agriculture and the rest is history.
RAO goes ahead and reminds people that WSR was instrumental in the Serena talks where he helped make the case for a coalition government in which he served in! How the team that trusted him enough to let him negotiate on its behalf became traitors is beyond the comprehension of sane mammals. But we know who had the motivation to see him gone forever.
When Kericho Senator Charles Keter complained and bemoaned the existence of those who fixed WSR in the government, he was summarily silenced. Does this mean that Keter now believes that what Counsel Khan and his team have always held to be true is now false? Now that the world got a clear picture of who did what, is the Kalenjin nation going to turn a blind eye to the harsh reality that they have been hitting the sheets with the ultimate enemy?
And to William Ruto, I don’t know about you, but there is no way that I can work with a guy who wants me gone forever!
To the Kalenjin voters, ‘Arap Mibei’ was your man and he did his best to accommodate you and your leaders and what was the thanks he got? A propaganda-laden campaign that saw him clock minor figures in Rift Valley! Under Mibei, Henry Kosgey, Sally Kosgey, Musa Sirma, Franklin Bett and company retired as cabinet ministers. What has UK done to your able leaders? Koskei and company have been humiliated and shamed while the other side has kept its leadership intact. For Waiguru to flex her muscles at the Devolution ministry, one of your own had to be cut from NYS for no reason at all!
What was supposed to be a 50-50 arrangement has now morphed into an 80-20! Henry Rotich was made Treasury Secretary and then UK brought in his former PS at the Treasury Mr Kinyua to become Statehouse Chief of staff ( the number two person after UK at Statehouse) and then moved the power of the purse to the presidency! Meaning, all key financial and economic policies are made where the Presidency resides (by Kinyua) thus, rendering Rotich a mere rubber stamp! And that’s a loss to WSR who thought that by getting the Treasury, the Kalenjin nation had scored a plum portfolio!
The reason why Omamo was appointed defence Secretary is because both sides couldn’t agree on who among the principals would get to appoint his man to the sensitive position, so they gave it to a ‘neutral’ person who knows absolutely nothing about defence and then gave the substantive PS position to an experienced person from Central Kenya! That ensured that Defence affairs are hatched and Implemented by ‘home town’ boys.
Another blow to the 50-50 arrangement. I could list more but you get the point. URP is not an equal partner in the Jubilee coalition and will never be treated as such.
WSR and the Kalenjin nation must remember the reason why they came to ODM. They saw the abandonment and utter disrespect of their leaders and their rank and file in the hands of the ‘enterprise.’ And now that they know who is responsible for their misfortunes, it’s gut check time.
How come the charges against the other ‘equal’ partner have sublimed while WSR is still left to repeatedly grace the court’s chamber with little funfair? Oh, the answer is now clear: kikulacho ki nguoni mwako!
Over to you all and chamgei!