“They say, a country deserves the leaders it gets. By any measure, Kenya does not deserve the Opposition it got after the 2013 General Election” -Standard Newspaper Commentary (Thursday 29, 2015).
This opening falsity is in itself idiotic, for, simply, people do not go to the ballot to elect an ‘opposition’. An opposition formation become the natural, in fact, negative, consequence of an election.
In 2013, Kenyans came out in large numbers to vote in a new government. The vote, by and large, was based on whatever people believed the two leading coalitions would do to improve their lives. In the end, one political formation -the Jubilee Alliance – was elected (or rigged the election) to power, thus bestowing on themselves the mandate to rule.
With that March 4 elections, disputed by the Opposition but legitimized by the Supreme Court, the life of the nation, a collateral to Jubilee Alliance’s quest for power, Â was for the next five years risked on the Jubilee Alliance blank check. They have defaulted.
So, where does the Standard Newspaper, whose own slant in the 2013 elections toward Jubilee Â ensured people got persuaded on non-issues (Jubilee campaign was a pathetic rendition of neo-racism concocted on an anti-western agenda with no bearing at all to the lives of common people) and, often, elevation of primitive tribal emotions over and above everything else, get the temerity to point an accusing finger at the ‘opposition’?
The media in Kenya – not just the Standard – have this obsession that the Opposition should be the government’s mother to nurse it, cloth it and feed it. The government, thus, is treated as truant boy, whose foolhardiness must be blamed on his mother -the Opposition.
“As an alternative government, the CORD coalition has been an under-performer reduced to chasing shadows and fighting losing battles in Parliament”.Â
Were the ‘shadows’ worth chasing? Were the ‘losing battles’ the Opposition fought in parliament worth fighting? What are these ‘shadows’ and what are these ‘battles’?
A newspaper commentary should be specific to particular instances and happenstances. The page reserved for readers to fill in the gaps is the opinion page. When a commentary is scarce on specifics, it dubiously borders on hearsay and newsroom gossip.
“…even as the country is buffeted by a wave of economic shocks, the Opposition has failed to rise to the occasion and offer an alternative economic blueprint of how to get the economy working again.”
A newspaper commentary should be based on the prevailing legal parameters that political actors operate in. To whom should the opposition offer this animal called ‘alternative economic blueprint’? To Standard Newspaper CEO Sam Shollei?
This alternative economic blueprint is a variation of other two media obsessions – an alternative cabinet and an alternative budget.
The Opposition had its own blueprint. The media, in this case, The Standard, knows where to find this blueprint. It is a public document. It takes an idiotic journalist to peddle this silly propaganda that the ruling coalition -with its own so called ‘digital manifesto’ – will abandon it to work with the Opposition’s blueprint just because the Opposition has ‘offered’ it.
What are the constitutional modalities of presenting this alternative economic blueprint? What force in law will it have?
Now, the Opposition, as recently as this week, has been offering its alternative policy prescriptions to the government. I do attend opposition press conferences and in all of them, the government is always being ‘cautioned against’ this, ‘warned against that’, and, sometimes, the opposition even issue ‘threats of mass action’ (and please, mass action is not mass killings) to persuade the government to change tact on certain things.
When all political avenues have been exhausted, the opposition has often, as the last painful resort, taken the government to court.
But a litany of errors and graves omissions have exposed the Kenyan Opposition for what it is: a bunch of Opportunists with little else to offer. Take for example, they had a chance to impeach Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru over alleged corruption at the National Youth Service, but instead, they left it to their party leader Raila Odinga to engage with the matter in public rallies and in news conferences.
Can you believe it? Are you not bewildered by this lunacy? That this paper is blaming the failure to hold accountable a powerful state official on the Opposition! This pathetic lie gets published at a time the Opposition MPs lead in the number of those who’ve signed to have CS Waiguru impeachment motion debated. This falsity is being peddled at a time the Opposition in parliament, despite their low numbers, watched helplessly as their ruling counterparts got de-whipped to deny Parliament a chance to debate the massive looting under CS Waiguru!
As for news conferences and public rallies, does this not show the Opposition’s determination to prosecute the CS in all courts, and more especially, the supreme court of public opinion? Are these actions by the opposition what The Standard refers to as ‘litany of errors’?
It is disappointing that despite sitting in crucial Parliamentary committees it was not the Opposition, but the media, that was first to raise the flag on the fledgling state of the economy
Fucking seriously? Is The Standard kiddin’? Â When was this that the media was the ‘first to raise the flag on the fledgling state of the economy?’ This is the point where it gets ludicrous. What was national dialogue rallies for? Did the media see the state of the economy, which to us in the Opposition has always been the ‘State of Mama Mboga’ as fledgling when we in the Opposition moved around the country calling on the government to be prudent?
So the media realizes in October 2015 that the state of the economy (I think they are talking about the State of Nairobi Securities Exchange) Â is fledgling and is peddling it as their ‘scientific breakthrough’ and, worse, blames the Opposition for not discovering it? How shitty can it get?
The other lies in this commentary are too stupid to counter. If The Standard wanted to appease its current master, it did a good job.