By G Oguda via Facebook
I will fight in Khalwale’s corner any day. You see, if you ask any random ODM supporter what Evans Kidero brings to the party they will be hard pressed to offer a satisfactory answer without touching on the issue of party funding. The Orange Democratic Movement is an ideological party, that is why when freedom fighter Wafula Buke – a man I have utmost respect for – was brought closer to the Orange House inner sanctum, I felt more connected to ODM than ever before.
Raila Odinga has money that can buy this country, but he chooses not to pump it into the party campaign coffers because his has been an ideological struggle, the struggle to emancipate this country from institutionalised marginalisation. In this country, where you were born determines the trajectory you will take in this life. An Ilchamus child, born on the shores of Lake Baringo, for example, will have to fight four times as hard as a Kikuyu child born on the fringes of Kabete. A Somali young girl studying in El Wak will have to equip herself with the mental strength to brave missiles and bombs, searing heat and terror alerts, while her counterpart in St. Andrews Turi will be twerking her way to academic prosperity.
These are facts I am not ready to start debating about. Raila Odinga is aware of these facts, and, even though he was largely born of royalty, his has been a struggle to bring dignity to the hitherto marginalised and forgotten sons and daughters of this country which successive regimes have relegated to eating crumbs from the rich man’s table, if ever there were crumbs in the first place. The state of inequity in this country has reached alarming proportions poor people are increasingly becoming extinct, national resources get plundered by those in positions of power and we are expected to zip our lips because if you raised a finger dogs of war will be unleashed on you.
No, men. We cannot run this country like that.
Raila Odinga has always been asked about his political ideology and I think he once said he is a social democrat. Social democracy, Prof. Google will tell you, is a political ideology that supports economic and social interventions to promote social justice within the framework of a capitalist economy. The key word there is ‘social justice’, which, Prof. Google adds, is “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” I want to tell you that what we lack in Kenya is a practising social democrat.
So between Dr. Kidero and Dr. Khalwale who between the two is best placed to fit into the social democrat’s ideological leaning of ODM?
Of course the bullfighter from Ikolomani. There is something I love about men with conviction, they never back down from expressing their standpoints even in the face of virulent assault. Dr. Kidero might have the money, even throw it around to whomever he wants, but when the chips are down and ODM needs a fighter to install sense into political thugs running down our country, they will be better with Khalwale any day. People who speak truth to power are rare to find these days. People like Khalwale are the last of a dying breed of politicians with balls of steel and facts to boot. Khalwale might be a necessary irritant sometimes, but you will be hard pressed to find half-a-fighter of his guts in the entire ODM ring. People who don’t chicken out from speaking the truth should be protected by all means.
This is the chance for the Orange Democratic Movement to begin cleaning house,and cut loose any politician soiling the party’s name in the pretext of defamation. My late grandfather always argued that you can not continue keeping rats in your granary and expect your sealed sacks of maize not to suffer irreparable damage. Evans Kidero is on slow puncture, either he leaves on his own volition or, in due course, his association with ODM will become untenable.
Something tells Dr. Kidero that he is popular in Nairobi. Let him be reminded that we voted him in because we were so scared of letting our beautiful city be turned into a stone-hurling range by that man who is now MP for Kabete. I submit to you that if ODM makes another mistake of fronting Kidero for 2017 and Jubilee settles on a candidate with composure and finesse, like Jinnah Mbaru or Peter Kenneth, Evans Kidero will not even have the vote of his cook – and you can take this to Muramati Sacco and ask for a loan. People with no political ideology and too much money to burn must never be allowed to get close to governance, and that is why Nairobi is so rundown and disused high-rise residential buildings are frequently coming down like a pack of cards.
Those hooligans who accosted Senator Khalwale might have won the battle but they will lose the war. Allow me to remind you of the price people pay for not speaking out against the regime in power solely because they are sharing the loot or are sympathetic to the Big Man.
And this example comes from World War II.
At the height of ‘Operation Hannibal’, Nazi Germany embarked on evacuating German troops and civilians from their bases in the Baltic Sea. A certain cruise-liner, used by the Nazis for combat missions, was dispatched to send them safely over to the German territory of Kiel. MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a tank of a ship, would later go into the history books as the greatest maritime disaster in world history. The Soviet Army torpedoed it in the high seas killing in excess of 9,000 Nazi Germany sympathisers at the touch of a button.
Tyrannical regimes are difficult to dislodge because of the acts of ommission or commission by people so compromised they allow good men and women to suffer under their sponsors’ watch. You will eat with state plunderers today, even shove the stinking cash down our throats, but when that time comes when the marginalised in this country will rise up to fight, money will not rescue you from the wrath of 1,000 plagues.