By Dikembe Disembe
Jubilee Alliance government mainstream media blogger Miguna Miguna has written a woeful diatribe inÂ The Star, KenyaÂ titled ‘To my Fellow Luos, Emulate Jews, Don’t be Fixated on State Power’.
Of course, this is isn’t a digression from Miguna’s ‘new thinking’ after leaving the employ of RailaÂ Odinga and the free world which comes with it.
Let me tell you something about Luos who differ with Raila Odinga: Politically, they live bitter lives. Those who regain themselves return to the fold and make out something for themselves and their ‘stories’.
Those who don’t fade away due to ignominy of redundancy or regress to self-pity, finding nothing worth to do for themselves if not a never ending shadow-boxing war.
This last team may be re-absorbed in the political establishment of the day as ‘tokens’ and, or mere units of the requirements of the constitutional ‘face of Kenya’, however, they never stop to be bitter people. It is scary.
Miguna is neither of the two. He has yet to be re-absorbed into the political establishment of President Uhuru. He has also not retreated to oblivion. However, like his other anti-Odinga groupies, he cannot hide bitterness. Sad.
I do not know where this source of passionate negative emotion geysers from, but you see it everywhere. Unluckily, unlike Moses Kuria, he cannot get elected to parliament. He remains, in his bitter Luo soul, ‘cursed’ by the same establishment he so worships. But I digress.
In his TheÂ Star column (Saturday, July 19, 2014), Mr. Miguna, in order to cloth his apologies, spends the first seventeen (!) paragraphs giving a ‘background’ to the verbiage he is about to spew.
‘Uhuru is more democratic than Raila,’ the bitter man closes the last paragraph of his ‘background information’.
He knows he has to, for that’s the only way he can separate his personal bitterness from his ‘objective’ analysis of the political happenstances of the day.
The reader is left with a sour taste of a man struggling to have his cake and eat at the same time. In layman’s language, Miguna attempts to cover his trails even before venturing out to commit the sort of unconscioble ‘advice’ he gives to the Luo community.
The gist of it is this: Luos should not be ‘fixated’ with power. You may think Miguna will at least, in a paragraph, present to us the dangers inherent in this ‘Luo fixation to political power’. Alas, Janyando does not!
Let me pause here and respond to Mr. Miguna: As a Luo, I reject your ‘advice’ with the contempt it deserves.
My generation of Luos are not ‘fixated on/with power’. In fact, I dare reveal: no community in Kenya discusses political power merely as an academically construction as Luos. It is not something we would have brought down Westgate to maintain. It is not something we would have messed up BVRs for.
We Luos win squarely. You only need to look at a certain house that is white.
“This will be a bitter pill to many Cord and Raila Odinga supporters to swallow, but it is something that must be dispensed: President Uhuru Kenyatta deserves some peace and quiet to govern,” Miguna writes.
It is difficult to tell how the peace and quietude Uhuru ‘deserves’ to govern is hindered by ‘Luo fixation’ on state power. Mr. Miguna, President Uhuru deserves no peace. He deserves no ambience. To govern. A president who serves in peace is a dictator, for democracies thrive on constant checks and balances, constant deliberations.
President Kenyatta deserves a serious people and strong-willed spirit to keep on demanding of him to achieve his campaign pledges, key among which entailed ‘national reconciliation and cohesion’ or what again does the “N” in TNA stands for?
Of course, there is that narrative. The age old narrative of ‘my government’ or ‘our government’. It is a narrative that peaked in 2007, when it was challenged bloodily. Do I need to remind Miguna of his own contributions to it during that December fiasco at KICC?
In 2013, ironically, it is probably due to the easiness with which Luos (read Raila Odinga) let go that the post-March 4 events evolved peacefully in a constitutional environment which unleashed other democracy actors -lawyers and judges – to determine the true national character of the new institutions.
“The President must appease Luos and embrace the entire country” Miguna writes. What a pathetic low. The President shouldn’t appease any ethnic community. I’ll tell this to the President for free: Any attempt to appease Luos, especially, will backfire on you. I hope it is not what you tried by adopting that Owiro boy.
If the president must appease, he should do it to Kalenjins, they love it, or, at least, they deserve it: 50-50!
As I observed earlier, it is difficult to tell the reasons why Luos shouldn’t be ‘fixated’ with power when reading through Miguna’s hogwash.
It is also involving to decipher whether Miguna wanted to advise Raila Odinga or Luos, for in the whole piece, he mentions Raila Odinga by name 19 times, by reference indirectly even more and only mentions the word Luo/Luos a paltry four times. How contradictory!
‘Don’t weep for me, weep for yourselves’. Does it ring a bell, Mr Miguna?
Finally, next time you write your warped rantings on The Star, please don’t compare yourself to Malcolm X. It so offends my sensibility.
Dikembe Disembe blogs on politics and ethnicity in Kenya. Follow on twitter him at @Leftistpolitics and on FacebookÂ