By: Dikembe Disembe
BRITISH Public Relations firm BTP was contracted by Uhuru Kenyatta to manage Jubilee campaigns (read related story on The Star)
This firm developed the Anti-ICC and Anti-western strategies which Uhuru used to project the ICC and most western countries as ‘interfering’ with Kenya’s domestic affairs.
This firm used media connections and ‘international contacts’ to market Uhuru as a victim of politically instigated fabrications by his Main Challenger, Raila Odinga.
Here was a man whose campaign was based on anti-west sentiments yet employed propaganda minted by a western (European) PR firm to ascend to power.
For close to a year, Uhuru readily used the services offered by the West. It was all politics. All PR spin. . .and it worked.
Here is the list of BTP operatives which surrounded Uhuru even as he unashamedly lectured off the west and created a siege mentality among his followers:
1. Mark Pursey-Briton, Head of BTP kenyan operations.
2. Charles Anglin-Advisor(Briton)
3. Simon Waddington-Strategist(Briton)
4. Milan Starcevic-Strategist(Briton)
5. Charlie Tarr-Strategist(Briton)
6. Anuuret Rai- Strategist (Briton)
This team was assisted by local representative Nana Gecaga and TNA media pointman Moses Kuria.
Another Uhuru lawyer Stephen Kay, another Briton; and Ed Staite, former advisor to British Chancellor of Exchaquer, aslo a Briton joined this long list of expatriates working for Uhuru.
Having studied the Kikuyus and Kalenjins, these foreigners concluded a tripple dose of lies (on sovereignity), fear (of Odinga) and hollow nationalism (tell them the problem is the West and ICC) would produce a change in attitudes and portray Uhuru and Ruto as the best revenge for the international community.
To prove the last point, they roped in former US Undersecretary for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer (whom sources say have been invited for the swearing in) to tell off the ICC.
But even with all these mechanizations; the final bit was to temper with electoral process, and, massively doctor the results.
It was revealed during the petition hearing at the supreme court that Jubilee misused all institutions to get to power. They have killed our once vibrant media, the civil society, the courts and even independent-minded central province residents who believe Kenya is multi-ethnic and that progress, if true, must appreciate this fact.
Who is bloodier? The man who used the West to romp to power by projecting himself as anti-west? Or, a compatriot who believed that Kenya, though sovereign, cannot isolate herself from the community of nations?
Now you understand why Kenya is divided, some people are bitter ….very bitter.
How do we move on? How do we forget all these?
Dikembe Disembe is a social commentator, writer and media critic; Your feedbackÂ on the comments section here below.