“As a foremost agricultural researcher with a passion for poultry especially wild birds, I have studied quails and believe they can cure impotency,” this what one quail farmer (name withheld to allow quails lay eggs) summarized his take on the quail business which is now being touted as one of the biggest investment fads in Kenya.
However, if these words were uttered in politics by those who peddled the Jubille Alliance as a bastion of development and an end to impunity, where innovation, meritocracy and youthful zeal would take over patronage and ethnic politics, Â it could be something like:
“As a formost kenyan voter with a passion for innovative, merit-based and youthful governance, I have studied Uhuru and Ruto and believe they cure all our ills, forget that old analogue Raila”.
It is amazing what marketing and advertising can do. A little over a year ago, two Kenyans who now seem clueless even on the most basic tenets of running a government was oversold to Kenyans as the panacea for good youthful and dynamic governance that Kenya Â badly needed to confront both an ‘imperial West and its local surrogates’ and also ‘peaceably reconcile all the communities’ in Kenya.
Like quails and their eggs business which earliest farmers now claim was hijacked by hyper investors out to ‘get rich quick’, Uhuru and Ruto government is increasingly coming out as a captive of an impunity system which knew CORD would eject them out of business. Using their appendages in Kenya’s tribal media, the electoral commission, the military, the police and Kibaki’s “parallel state”, these two were re-branded in red and yellow and sold as new outfits.
Truth is, these two politicians had been here before; and to critics, there would be shocks if they changed anything. At least they have not mesmerised those who opposed them. The Jubilee alliance alliance is a grand quail business, complete with losers and the get-rich-quick types.
Will Uhuru and Ruto stabilize and run the country as ‘dynamic duo’? Depends. If you believe that quails cure impotency, cancer and even HIV/AIDS, you are welcome to bet your future on this quail government. If, on the other hand, you are the guy who is good with your traditional kuku choma or boiled eggs; you sure don’t give Jubilee much attention, right?
As our democracy grows and we become a well-organized post tribal society, people will tend to support political parties and candidates who don’t behave ‘quailish’ by riding over the buzz created by media and PR agencies. That’s why 2017 is an open book election where those ripped off by this grand jubilee pyramid scheme will recast their votes appropriately!
I love my kuku choma; to hell with quails of whichever form.