Hon Simba Arati, and Rt hon. Raila Odinga confer at a past function.Â Arati is the peripheral candidate challenging Raila for position of party leader.
ODM ELECTIONS should tell IEBC what democracy looks like. ODM remains attractive because of the DEMOCRACY part in it. I have seen some people argue that the party can be undemocratic in its internal processes and demand DEMOCRACY in external institutions. That is laughable. That is a LIE. That is a JOKE! ODM should not forget that this 2014….you cannot preach democracy to the masses and fail to practice it to 27 people. The word CREDIBLE was a buzzword during the Supreme Court hearings. Let it sound now. Let CREDIBLE be the catch-phrase.
To Raila Odinga, I will be very HONEST with you. I have met young people who THINK you are democratic. Some of them have NEVER met you in person and will probably NEVER meet you. If these elections are messed up; these young people will not blame anyone but you. In the last polls, you assumed people will blame FRANKLIN BETT but they blamed you and PUNISHED YOU. This polls may just be another repeat.
These young people are IDEALISTIC. They think that democracy is what is in the books. That it must be FREE, FAIR, AND TRANSPARENT. In fact, Kethi Kilonzo added another: VERIFIABLE!
That it must be through a SECRET “empty” BALLOT! That it should be peaceful and, at best, that the results should be declared DURING DAYTIME! These young people are still haunted by the image of a president who was SWORN IN AT NIGHT. They know when a process has been tampered with. They know when outcomes are pre-determined. Why? Because some of them have been in electoral processed of their own. Some of them have lost fairly and congratulated the victors. Some have been rigged out too. They can detect what’s going on. Thes people also know elections can be RIGGED at the TALLYING level. So they are saying they want OBSERVERS! They want ODM to TEACH IEBC HOW CREDIBLE AND VERIFIABLE POLLS ARE CONDUCTED…..HOW DEMOCRACY IS NURTURED in a society like this – a society used to MOCK ELECTIONS!
By the way, people have not moved on as you may assume. There are things that are hurtful to the people. One of them is insulting people’s intelligence. The other is raising people’s hopes; only to CRUSH THEM.
You see, TNA knew it had no capacity to get the million (or how many) signatures to be ready for the last polls. You didn’t see them going round the country REGISTERING MEMBERS…..they just moved round MPESA POINTS and took those names and details. They didn’t pretend that they were DEMOCRATIC or POPULAR. They didn’t follow the rules because they had not PROMISED they will follow the rules.
ODM cannot survive half-democratic and half-autocratic. It cannot survive with touchables and untouchables side by side. A great American senator, HENRY SEWARD, once called such extremes ‘irrepressible crisis’. That’s what will befall our party: AN IRREPRESSIBLE CONFLICT. In fact, this may be the final irrepressible conflict before this party joins the DODO or the SABER-TOOTHED TIGER.
This weekend is ODM’s “worst nightmare” and for a party that has been accused by critics of preaching water and wallowing in wine, it will sadden if the FACTS are once again proven RIGHT.
The stakes are so high BABA…so higher…so highest! When the stakes are this high; the triumph can be humbling….and, to the other extreme, the FALL/FAILURE can be DEVASTATING.
CHUNGWA MOJA, KURA MOJA, SIASA BORA.