First, it started by ruling coalition government MPs, Senators and Governors calling for either barring opposition from holding political meetings during a period of heightened political activity just after the return of former prime minister and opposition CORD leader Raila Odinga.
Mr Odinga, still a hugely popular politician in Kenya, had been away in Boston University for an African eminent leaders fellowship programme.
While he was still in Boston, Odinga’s brother, Dr. Oburu Oginga, a nominated legislator in the national assembly, made wild claims that a section of East African Presidents recently met in Kenya with a plot to assassinate his brother Â who was still in the USA.
Dr. Oburu attempted to make formal his claims by recording a statement with the criminals investigation department in Nairobi but was turned away by the police.
Since then, with political temperatures rising in a resurgent opposition, and a government which, despite its lofty promises to the electorates has egregiously failed, talk of treason and jail has returned to the public discussion, often propagated by a mass media environment which is pro-government in mind, body and profits.
Is Kenya sliding back to the anarchy of the 1990s?
Several diplomats in Nairobi are said to be sending just that cable back home.
Sources close to the diplomatic community, especially EU, Britain and the US revealed to this writer that numerous meetings have been held between the diplomats and key civil society players and opposition leaders to prepare a nother round of Â ‘underground networks’ and ‘safe houses’ for those earmarked by a government seen to be keen to maintain power at all costs, despite elections still some years away.
For top opposition leaders, the concern is on the safety of their key supporters and support base. One claim that keeps propping is that government is avoiding targeting the top leadership of the opposition, especially CORD, and resorting to intimidation of their close supporters and allies, especially politicians and social media bloggers.
Is the slid to the dictatorial past stoppable?