The Friday CORD consultative rally at Eldoret’s 64 stadium is in limbo after Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago instructed the police to surround the venue and not permit anyone through Friday and the whole weekend.
However,Mandago, a small fish who is a first time elected politician may not get the complexity and danger of denying CORD a venue in what is Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard.
Ruto is known to nurse presidential ambition and will soon move across the country in search of votes. But by Mandago behaving politically stupid by ‘zoning off Ruto’s North Rift’, he opens a can of worms for his boss. One is reminded of a rally in South Mugirango in pre-2007 elections when the Abagusii ‘mungiki’ – Chinkroro – shot at Ruto with arrows which nearly killed him.
It was the result of attempts to ‘zone’ Kisii by Simeon Nyachae and Ford People.
Anyway, Ruto never learns. However, focus may turn to Ruto when he visits other areas hostile to the Jubilee government. Sadly, characters around Ruto are believed to be top players in attempts to scuttle the CORD meeting.
A highly placed source in Uasin Gishu told this writer that Mandago has organized several meetings to ensure the rally is not attended, including procuring those who caused mayhem in 2007 and burnt people in a church at Kiambaa.
Mandago is among a group of Jubilee governors locking and zoning their counties despite the huge CORD supporters in such regions. Uasin Gishu is a cosmo-politan area with all the major communities in Kenya residing in the area. To deny the thousands whose political persuasion is inclined to CORD to assemble and express their political feelings is not only unconstitutional but also reeks of impunity.