The only thing agreeable to most Kenyans after the botched 4th March general election is that the Jubilee coalition had an all-star cast in campaign propaganda. They did their home-work. Stories and myths were peddled as facts and the people soaked them big time.
CORD too had their spin-masters doing the same thing. But Jubilee bested them in the game of propaganda and I must say that in campaign propaganda, Jubilee won fair and square. However, after the election, their spin-masters, perhaps still drunk from the bungled electoral process, have decided to extend the campaign into â€œovertime.â€
Cognizant of the impact of social media in todayâ€™s society, they have decided to raid the social media masquerading as CORD members who have decided to throw the towel and concede a yet-to-be-decided contest. There is just one problem; they have decided to use names belonging to one tribe (Luo) as if CORD only belongs to one tribe and in doing so, wanainchi especially Luos caught on pronto!
A Jubilee propagandist calling himself â€œJohn Omondiâ€ would jump into an ODM or CORD forum and start urging the bloggers to â€œaccept that they lost and concede defeat,â€ other talking points are; â€œwe are supporting a guy who is very ambitious and greedy for power, itâ€™s time for him to go home, and UK won fair and square, letâ€™s move on.â€
First, if that was a real CORD supporter, they would know that CORD is contesting the results, so concession before having their day in court is a pipedream. Secondly, any politician who is not ambitious has no business being in politics, therefore the argument falls flat before it makes the first step. Any objective CORD or Jubilee supporter is aware of this.
The “greedy for power” charge is interesting because it opens up a whole new can of worms. We can now confidently say that the last two elections were intentionally bungled and before we knew it, the scales were tilted in favor of those who control the state security apparatus.
To condense this a little more, sample this; one side goes to the polls betting on wanainchi and the other side goes to the polls betting on their proximity to the levers of power! So who wins? Your guess is as good as mine. And that is why we are where we are today. Opening a million Facebook accounts is easy if you have the time just like opening ballot boxes with one million â€œfor President onlyâ€ votes is easy if you have the power and you control the system.
The difference is that on Facebook, those accounts are easily shot down by watchful eyes of real voters who love democracy and the rule of law and unfortunately, on the other case, the powerful, play with the system like a video game. In the end, the country wipes away all the democratic gains that some of our finest and bravest paid the ultimate price for.