By Chris Maina
Uhuru, Senior government officials SNUB Itumbiâ€™s grandfather funeral. Sad
The much-hyped presidential hacker Dennis Itumbi must have felt it in his mind of heart when his Boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, did not show up for the burial of his grandfather, the Rev David Gitari. It would have been a great ego boost in this trade where common sense matters very little. Sycophancy functions best when the receiver of sycophantic deeds appreciates, overtly or covertly, for better, always!
Apart from the president, whom people may excuse for a busy schedule, senior jubilee government officials, both from the Legislature and parliament (and also the judiciary) did not turn up too! Both the speaker of Senate and Parliament did not show up. Cabinet secretaries did not show up! Even colleagues in the PSCU unit did not show up! I mean, it was just another funeral, like yours and mine.
To be fair, the Rev David Gitari stood for everything that is not in the Jubilee governmentâ€™s priority list, or manifesto. In essence, the prelate would have cringed in his coffin if Cardinal Otunga, one of the current 24 elders advising Jesus in Zion on African Affairs, including the Hague, where to inform him that a man accused of barbarism and savagery became the â€˜chief guestâ€™ in his funeral!
However, that does not mean doing the politically correct thing is wrong. But the absence of top jubilee politicians, including those from Central Kenya speaks volumes of what that region thought about Rev Gitari when he lived. Sadly, Gitari spent most of his time fighting Moi, ooh, a Kalenjin but when Kibaki he of the mavi ya kuku fame got to power and did some, if not most of the things, Moi did; like Njue et al, Gitari lost his mojo. I think we should not talk ill of dead people. Right?
Back on the very defect of the matter.
Itumbi, like the â€˜missingâ€™ Bogonko Bosire, became the chief social media architect of candidate Uhuru. He laboured for him, in the process, soiling his name and reputation after he was accused of being among the many phantoms massaging ICC witnesses. Unknown to many, Itumbi, though very low in the pecking order of things both at Harambee house, Statehouse and other houses which shelters the tyranny, is probably an international fugitive! But for rising through the ranks, and landing a lucrative job (salary et al) in the government of the accused; on that score, even those on this side of the political divide who have nothing to do with the Jubilee government piously respect the man. Hats off!
But then again, the snub by the president only means one thing: Itumbi is just a lowly and shadowy â€˜civil servantâ€™ occupying some corner office at Harambee House, or is it state house, with an â€˜overrated public imageâ€™.
Again, it serves to remind hangers-on and lowly charlatans, especially the â€˜poor reserve armyâ€™ of the jubilee masses, Â who often spew offensive tribal verbiage whenever other Kenyans criticise the government of Uhuru Kenyatta, that not everyone in Jubilee Â is a member of the â€˜ruling familyâ€™.
But luckily, former prime minister Raila Odinga was at hand to bereave him. Now you all know that Odinga does not hold political grudges, right? Which brings us to what some unthinking Mpig did during the funeral.
When we send Odinga to go bereave in â€˜enemy territoriesâ€™, all we ask is reciprocal respect. One Gachoki Gitari, an Mp still living in the campaign mode, had the audacity to claim it was Odinga who took guys to the Hague! Imagine?
â€œDonâ€™t be vague . . .â€ was that Odinga? â€œHague will take 90 years,â€ was that Odinga? When a debate was introduced in parliament (by then this shit was just another Dick in Mt Kenya region) which side of the political divide, back then, voted for the Hague route?
So long as politicians in Central and Rift Valley live in denial of the history, and the present reality of the Hague cases, Kenyans will still be treated to such cheap myiopia. Hague was an Uhuru/Ruto experiment; we, the citizens, are just but live props in an eerily real movie.
Back to Itumbi, buda boss, the â€˜friendsâ€™ on this side of the political faultli ne condole you during this sad moment, may the old man RIP, meanwhile Kazi iendelee, ao sio?