Today Dennis Waweru has declared his candidacy for Nairobi. Waweru is the candidate of the Mt. Kenya moneyed who wish to run Nairobi the way they are currently running Kenya under Uhuru.
He led a sh51 million Harambee for ‘voter importation’ which leaves no doubt the ‘enterprise’ is with him. But this is precisely the reason he must fall.
Dwellers of Nairobi already have teething problems to deal with we don’t want to deal with an ethnic chauvinist on top of being captured by the corrupt city fathers who are reeling from missing city hall spoils in the first five years of devolution.
People who don’t like Gov. Kidero accuse him of corruption. They don’t accuse him of being tribal – which is viler (vile, viler, vilest) than graft.
Waweru’s tribalism will eat at not only the economic structures that keep this city moving forward but will also eat at its very social fabric.
Dennis Waweru has this ‘supremacist’ ideology that makes him unfit to lead this city of everybody, including its nobodies.
His attitude is fit for Kiambu, not Nairobi.
Here in Nairobi, many people are in the opposition ‘economically’ they don’t want to be in the opposition ‘socially’ again.
My experience in Nairobi is that it knows no tribe. When you move to Luthuli Avenue, a ‘shot’ is sold at the same prize whether you are circumcised or not, or whether you are buying it from a Kamba, Luhya or Kikuyu.
Nairobi is a cosmopolitan. It makes us equal. Waweru’s Mt Kenya supremacist experiment is bad for Nairobi. We’ve seen how the same experiment has backfired for Kenya.
Imagine Waweru is an MP for a Nairobi constituency but he is more known/popular for his activities as Chair/Convener of the Gikuyu/Central Kenya parliamentary group.
He wallows in the pathological dogma of a once powerful GEMA political and financial machine whose tentacles held hostage the Kenyan state for the benefit of one group. That machine, like the people who conjured it – the Karumes of this world – is dead. History buried it.
In this young second decade of the 21st century, we are better off with the GEMA machine lying soulless in its ignoble grave. The vast masses of the kikuyu nation have progressed without it. They may not need it.
I believe Nairobi is capable of electing anyone, regardless of his second name. Dennis Waweru too can be elected but he doesn’t want to be elected by everyone – only his ethnic group. That’s why he is importing them in droves with the rallying call of ‘taking over’ Nairobi for ‘them’. But really, I see many Kikuyus doing better in this city. Should ‘owning’ it be so formal?
Politics of Dennis Waweru is bad for a modern city like Nairobi, with its coffee houses, iHubs, Lounges and Project Xs.
Jubilee ni chama kubwa, leteni mwingine jameni. Deep!