This is probably the biggest news for youthful supporters of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy this year. Social media â€˜softwareâ€™ and blogger Robert Onyango Alai has announced, though sheepishly, his intention to vie for the post of Organising Secretary of the Orange Democratic Movement Party â€“ our grand â€˜ol party!
The ODM elections are only two months away as the party seeks to reorganize its campaign machine for the next season of elective politics in 2018.
Blogger Alaiâ€™s candidature is set to excite the youthful party base, many who continue to accuse old party guards for failing to counter Jubileeâ€™s takeover of the youth as the last campaigns played out on an analogue verses digital platform.
â€œAlaiâ€™s entry is the biggest news for me this year; we need him more than he needs the party,â€ said a party youth winger.
CORD remains the most popular political formation by geography and across all demographics. From Busia border to Lunga Lunga, the CORD coalition is home to the next big thing in this hemisphere.
Alaiâ€™s wide knowledge in social media trends and marketing, together with an unassailable contact base with the party youths is a powerful combination that will help re-establish the lost chances by the party of Raila Odinga as it begins a new phase.
Yet Alai also comes with another good: He is not wobbler, not the sycophants and rent-seekers like one Ngunjiri Wambugu. He will not be buying time; waiting for an opportune moment to â€œaccept and move onâ€.
Alai is thorough, and the party of millitant youth needs thorough capatains. Alai understands the pain of party youths being taken for granted. Alai is sending his name to the delegates at the right. Heck, he is the right guy!
Already, while announcing his potential candidacy, Alai took a long swipe at the current party Secretary General Prof Anyangâ€™ Nyongâ€™o; an old arrogant academic whose stint at the apex of Chungwa party cost CORD the election.
Prof Nyongâ€™o will have to sit back. Sorry prof, these are hard times. We are taking hard decisions, you know, we mean good for the party. We love ideological wars too; but our opponents donâ€™t have any ideology. Thatâ€™s how we lost it! Thatâ€™s how we were so careless to force democracy through a trial.
The party youth base is convinced that former young turks are now old enough to take a backseat. If anything, with lessons of 2013 and 2007, the â€˜dogmas of the 1990s seem woefully inadequate to counter the roaring tempests after the failed Rainbow experiment. I mean, as Kenyaâ€™s politics gets â€˜ruthless within the lawâ€™, the past playbooks must be discarded; I dare add, we must download new tools.
I am excited about Alai because he will help run ODM as an iHub, a tech startup, a hackers bootcamp. I am charmed by Alaiâ€™s potential entry in the ODM ranks because he is not a pussfooter. He is not a rent-seeker. He will not be bidding his time. He is not, and will never be, a Ngunjiri Wambugu!
ODM after 2013 has to be re-imagined and recreated a new; else it becomes a dangerous experiment.
And just so you the Wambugus of this country, there are youths not exchanging allegiance for the penny any time soon.
By Dikembe Disembe