By Gitungo Wamere
The well-presented lecture (HINDSIGHT, INSIGHT AND FORESIGHT) by former president Kibaki on Monday has aroused compliments and remote yet caustic criticism too. However, Dikembe Disembe criticism of the lecture, openly biased, filled with bitterness of the March 4 losers, Â cannot go unchallenged.
It is palpable that this ODM youth activist and social media propagandist hates Kibaki like sin and nothing objective about Kibaki can be expected from him.
Whenever he talks about Kibaki emotions based on distorted facts reign supreme. The saddest thing is that Dikembe has dedicated his youthful energy towards revisionism to suit his rogue political persuasions and that of his party and political idols.
Dikembe thrives in politics of petty grievances and therefore a sieged mentality; coincidentally, the same political behavior that Kibaki lamented on, in his lecture.
But did dikembe hear this? I doubt. It is an unblemished lie to woof that Kibakiâ€™s Lecture was twisted to put the government bureaucracy in handsomeness.
His paper presented the good and the bad of the Kenyan history which the former president has been part of.
In HINDSIGHT for instance Kibaki outlined the condition in which this country was, at independence and how we could not manage Majimbo as it was prescribed by the colonial masters and some of their black sidekicks.
This is some of the bare truth that Dikembe did not want to hear. Selective study of history makes him harbour a fallacy that Majimbo was the panacea to all the Kenyan problems then.
The truth is that Kenya lacked physical and even attitudinal infrastructure to support such.
Dikembe also picks a bone with Kibaki on the sessional paper no.10 of 1965 that became the economic development guideline during that period. He terms the paper as a mockery of socialism.
I may not know which benchmark he uses to term it as such. The paper was to devise the Kenyan version of African socialism free from the Western capitalism and the Eastern communism.
The paper believed to have been authored by Mboya and Kibaki took middle position between the two extreme ideologies. The paper had all the good intentions to the development agenda of this country.
It upheld social justice, equal opportunity and political equality. What Dikembe may not know is that implementation of the paper was not the sole duty of Mr. Kibaki.
In his honorable nature, Kibaki lamented of the years in the wilderness when Kenya stagnated and was left by countries like Singapore.
Bear in mind that during this period Kibaki was still identified as one of the most promising world leaders. Later he was offered a powerful position in the World Bank but for the love of the country Kibaki declined.
He diligently continued with his duties in the treasury. Kibaki may not be an orator to stir the masses and put them high but his legacy has its safe place in the annals of history as the father of Kenyaâ€™s economic renaissance.
Inside Taifa Hall Dikembe seems to have carried his own account of Kenyan History. In his article he writes that former president never spoke about the 2007 PEV.
In the contrary Kibaki summed up the events of 2007/8 as an â€œartificial apocalypseâ€. Who doesnâ€™t know all the events in this shameful period were tailored at Orange House which he reveres in sycophancy?
To answer the question on why Kibaki ignored some questions, all the questions Kibaki was asked were answered in his lecture. But the particular one on the media bill; there was a reason why Kibaki ignored it.
In the first place, what is it with the media bill? In its resentment our media wants to remain ambiguous; they only fear the law thatâ€™s why they are running up and down with unconstitutional concepts like â€œself-regulationâ€.
Finally I would like to leave my senior college mate with a word from the FORESIGHT part of president Kibakiâ€™s lecture: â€œPositive thinkingâ€ is within your reach; embrace it lest negativity chokes you up in your youth.
Gitungo Wa Wamere is undergraduate political science student of Moi University, a college mate in the same institution with writer Dikembe Disembe.