By Jack O
There is an old strategy in political consulting that entails taking out the lieutenants and the brains behind an enemy without touching the real enemy. The goal is to ‘clear the field’ around the enemy so that he or she is left standing alone with no buoyancy and in effect useless!
This is tantamount to having a dog with no teeth. Sir, I write to you out of concern because your detractors have methodically ‘cleared’ your surroundings and are now zeroing in on you as they ~ falsely believe ~ that they have put you in your place. How can a man compete with a depleted brain trust ? So they ask.
Any astute student of politics and history will note that at every key moment in your life, when you have attempted to lay out a real plan or an alternative train of thought that would fundamentally change our national fabric for the better, somebody close to you has been taken out!
For the purposes of economizing digital ink, I will pick up from post-2002 presidential elections. An election in which you defied tribal political matrix and relentlessly campaigned for Kibaki. Your campaign message resonated with Wanjiku to an extent that citizens were ‘arresting’ cops who sought bribes! The country was ready for what the NARC campaign envisioned.
Unfortunately, some of your teammates had other ideas and before you knew it, you became persona non grata at Statehouse and Dr Chrispin Mbai, your advisor and the architect of Devolution was taken out in what you vividly described as state assassination. The goal was to finish any intellectual surrogates associated with your cause.
Several years later, Mbai’s vision was implemented after a few false starts and a decisive rebuke of Kibaki’s custom-made draft constitution of 2005. You did it but the man who inspired the idea never lived to see it come to fruition.
Then came the Eurobond saga and the NYS scandals. As the leader of Opposition, you blew the whistle on the multi billion shilling scandals and sensitized wanainchi on the depth and consequences of the scandals. But it came at a very painful price as you had to bury another confidant who was a key player in the whole exposé.
The same forces who took out Mbai because he was believed to be the brains behind what was then considered verboten ( Devolution) extinguished Jacob Juma in one of the most grotesque ways mankind has ever seen. Inspiration being putting an end to the anti-corruption crusade and in essence plucking a key pillar of your economic ‘voice.’
As you proceed with this new push to consign the partisan IEBC to infamy, I urge you to keep on fighting because if there is anyone out there, who has weathered political storms, it is you Sir. The fact that the police are being deployed to unleash tear gas canisters at the Prime minister of the Republic of Kenya is testimony that the officialdom has no answers.
A regime that brags about the ‘tyranny of numbers’ is all of a sudden scared to replace the referee! I wonder why. If those numbers are so astronomical as they would want us to believe, then why are they not willing to allow consensus in reconstituting IEBC? It doesn’t take a genius to discern that the vaunted numbers just aren’t there.
I urge you to keep on fighting because the more they think that they have cornered you, the more you prove them wrong! The spirit of Devolution never collapsed because the architect was murdered, conversely, it became a reality seven years later!
The killing of JJ doesn’t mean that the Eurobond and NYS scams have been sanitized, the public is fully in the know.
Tear gas never stopped the clamour for multi party and the repeal of section 2 A of the defunct constitution, it emboldened the crusaders to keep on fighting!
Keep on fighting the good fight, the terrains will be rough and rugged, the roads will be bumpy, tears will be shed and sometimes the oppressors will celebrate pyrrhic victories ( images of you and your partners choking in tear gas) but as you are fully aware, tyrants and dictators understand no other language.
Nicco Machiavelli the Pythagorean Strategist.