By Onyikwa O
The highest form of ignorance is to reject completely, something which you know little to nothing about. That handshake is yet to be fleshed out for any of us to hold any really strong or informed opinion about it. There have been a series of ‘related handshakes’ that have left the media and their so called pundits on ‘guess mode’. The NIS labeled it a ‘handcheque’, but could not sustain that narrative for long. Here is why.
All it takes the older and more discerning members of the cause is a casual glance at similar incidents in the past and realise that if the KANU~NDP merger wasn’t a ‘handcheque’ but instead turned out to be the smartest political move any opposition politician in Africa has ever pulled, and the ‘razor blade’ that eventually felled the ‘Mugumo Tree’ KANU that we had come to believe could not be felled for 100 years, then even this one ain’t no ‘handcheque’.
If, when Raila Odinga ‘abandoned us’ and gave up ‘everything we had fought for’, raised Mwai Kibaki’s hand instead and declared ‘Kibaki Tosha’, he wasn’t doing so in furtherance of a deal in which a cheque hand changed hands, but instead turned out to be the second smartest political move that any African opposition politician has ever pulled, and by so doing hammered in the last nail on KANU’s Mugumo Coffin, then even this one ain’t no ‘handcheque’.
If, when Raila Odinga, against all norms of logic and practicality filed that election petition at the SCORK, and no one gave him a chance ~ not even myself ~ he hadn’t been compromised to ‘throw the match’, but it turned out to be the first time ever in Africa, and fourth ever in the world that a an opposition politician had sent a sitting President back to the polls, then believe me, even this one ain’t no ‘handcheque’.
Baba ain’t in it for the ‘Chedar’. What he sees whilst seated on the floor at the basement car park at his Capitol Hill office, the average Kenyan political pundit cannot see even from a platform atop the KICC. If you got caught up in the emotional ~ but hardly thought out ~ outbursts against ‘Baba’ for ‘abandoning Miguna Miguna’, when he failed to repair his house (among a litany of other signs of abandonment), just swallow your pride, cross the floor ‘aste aste’ and come back to the ever calming shade of Baba’s huge wings.