By Albert Nyakundi Amenya
In Kenya today, Tweeting or expressing an honest opinion, is baptized by the government as libelous bile or hate speech and can land you in jail. But as ever, the victim is not the target of the message but the speech itself. When Dikembe Disembe was temporarily detained for proficiently exercising his constitutional right of free speech, the internet did what the internet does better.
In high dudgeon, the friends of the constitution â€“ with I being one of them â€“ sputtered, typed in all caps, and excreted hundreds of witless messages just to express their ultimate disgust on Dikembeâ€™s arrest. Kenyans sent a strong message to President Kenyatta and his Jubilee government. They never cowed from the continued lamentation on Kenyattaâ€™s dictatorial and despotic governance.
For now, there is nothing that can or will be done to stop Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee government from playing ugly games with helpless Kenyans. The President of Kenya knows no history. Nonetheless, despite the fact that he is one of the poorest candidates of history, he is also a successful student of his own father. What his father could do or did, the son can do it much better. Truthfully, Kenyatta is among the half-hearted presidents in the world alongside Robert Mugabe, Vladimir Putin et al.
Kenya, already one of the more densely populated countries on earth, grows dramatically smaller following the massive land grabbing by Mzee Jommo Kenyatta. Uhuru Kenyatta is relentlessly and methodically causing extraordinary devastation on the already resourceless Kenyans. Kenyattaâ€™s family is landlord to almost Â½ of Kenya. This has eventuated in overcrowded neighborhoods thus promoting acts of thuggery and other unlawful activities. Following the flood of tears by the innocents, this manâ€™sâ€™ life is indeed a difficult one.
He and his deputy speakers have become the undisputed world cup winners in the game of threatening, bloviating and palavering. Importantly, no matter how loud Kenyans whimper or whine as a result of economic sabotage, Kenyatta is obviously untroubled by their noise. All he and his minions are doing is underlining who holds the cards, and it isnâ€™t Kenyans.
In the short run, Kenyatta and his deputy have the power to do as they please.
But, and here is the good news, the people of Kenya through their constitution have the real power over the long run â€“ if only they would unite strategically and take the bull by its horns by making decisions that could reverse the tide over time. The moment for Kenyans is almost ripe for them to forge a long run strategy, the one that possesses the economic, political and strategic advantages. Kenyatta certainly realizes that no sane Kenyan is expecting him to return the land that his father grabbed.
What Kenyans are praying for is a president that demonstrates that he can manage very complex situations competently and improve their lives. They expect instant solutions; they yearn for a leader who is capable of outlining a workable path they can follow, one that is capable of checking any economic temptation to muscle its strength even to the point of outright aggression.
The President and his deputy should not pop the champagne corks just yet because Kenyans will soon make a statement. Call it a ploy, or gambit to tamp down the government, the truth is that the people are tired and cornered. They can take it no more.
Even if Kenyatta and his deputy are fallaciously deifying their historically blemished reputations, there is a deeper quandary afoot for the two wrongdoers. Despite the presence of a few notable dissents â€“ which is normal in any situation â€“ Kenyans have always expressed a broad uniformity of opinion in disfavor of the duoâ€™s repression leadership. Kenyatta and Ruto are exceptional enemies of intellectual democratic fashions. Kenyans no longer buy ideas propounded by these neocolonialists and that is why they are about to make a statement soon.