A public ‘war of tweets’ broke out between blogger Itumbi Dennis and powerful Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru over the exact term to define the the ‘new vision’ of the National Youth Service. Itumbi Dennis says what feets in the Jubilee agenda is ‘militarisation’ while CS Waiguru claims it is ‘re-socialization’.
The two are highly powerful figures in the Uhuru presidency. It remains to be seen who winks, or blinks, first.
This blog, in an earlier article, revealed how the Jubilee government is creating a paramilitary unit within the NYS whose main agenda is to achieve violent political ends in case of a major political turmoil in the country.
As with countries facing vibrant opposition politics, or regimes whose figureheads still believe in extra-judicially exterminating its dissidents and critics, paramilitaries come in handy to do the dirty work which cannot be traced to state legal machineries. This is because paramilitaries work in legal jungles with no clear laws.
The state, in democratic societies, monopolizes violence. However, the use of violence on citizens is guaranteed under strict set of laws – both national and international – that most dirty regimes would rather not attempt to use legal state apparatuses to further destructive ends.
In Kenya, increasingly, the government has increasingly been accused of using an elite Â hit-squad to eliminate a section of the condemned population. This has been especially on terrorists and radical muslim clerics. However, recent activities point to an expanded portfolio, with government accused to be going for land officials and powerful racketeers with the same assassin bullets.
Soon, and this is the fear from the opposition side currently, government may ‘include’ a section of opposition figures,civil society critics and bloggers on its hit list – if at all such list exists.
This brings us to the rare but true ‘retweet’ by Mr. Itumbi who, for all practical reasons, may be better informed than Waiguru on the ‘politics of militarising’ a section of the youth in Kenya.
Itumbi, in the tweet, corrects Waiguru who had tweeted that the youth programme is a ‘re-socialization’ sort of thing. Itumbi blatantly corrected the tweet, revealing it is a ‘militarisation‘ programme.
Here are the tweets and retweets:
— Itumbi Dennis (@ItumbiOle) October 25, 2014
— Anne Waiguru (@AnneWaiguru) October 25, 2014