By: Jim Bonnie
I didnâ€™t intend to comment, talk,or write about the incident that took place in Kisii county during the requiem mass for the deceased students who perished in a road accident on their way back from sports.
Not because I wasnâ€™t interested, or unable but, I thought that my fellow columnists had delved into the matter deeply and dealt with it squarely.
But as a writer, you always have a constituent who burn with appetite to hear your take on certain matters of public interest.
It is as a result of this that I have opted to put my ten cents into the matter. Obviously, if you support Uhuru Kenyatta for whatever reason; either because he has rewarded you with a state job or you are waiting for him to fulfil a promise; you will oppose my view even before you read it.
Nevertheless, I still remain a happy man. I am happy because it happened. It happened at the right time and appropriately unlikely place.
Right time because this bogus digital regime, hasnâ€™t been in power for long. So, they have time to change their weird ways of governance if in any case they interpreted the mood of that crowd right.
It was an appropriate place it never took place in Luo Nyanza. If such an incident would have occurred in a place such as Migori County where I come from, the message wouldnâ€™t have been clear and unambiguous. Some fools from the other side would have twisted the matter to suit their tribal bigotry.
It was unlikely place because as you can recall, this is a region that benefited from Uhuruâ€™s tribal appointments that saw them rewarded with a full cabinet post. It was therefore expected (though foolish for Uhuru and TNA to think this way) that our brothers from Gusiland would
warmly welcome Fred Matiangi their son and Presidentâ€™s representative at the function.
Personally, sending Matiangi to read the presidentâ€™s speech vexed me. Uhuru has never failed to think and act along tribal line. I kept asking myself how Dr. Matiangiâ€™s docket was related to the event or to the tragedy that took away innocent lives.
Because an accident took away precious lives of students, I expected faces from either education and/or transport docket to grace the occasion and condole with the bereaved families.
Contrary to my expectations, Uhuru, who up to date still reminds us of how they won elections â€œfree and squareâ€, tried to play tribal card.
In essence, he was sending a coded message. He was secretly urging Kisii residents to embrace his confused leadership just because he rewarded one of their own with a cabinet post.
Methinks Uhuru was laying ground for a grand visit to the region. It flopped. The crowd sent a clear message to the president and his crooks.
They were simply saying, â€œYou (Uhuru) can go ahead and occupy state house.
As for us, Raila Odinga still occupies our hearts.â€ That is why they trashed a piece of paper (remember Jubilee claim to be digital) containing the presidentâ€™s speech. That is to say, they refused to hear any message the â€œpresidentâ€ had for them. This is equivalent to chasing the president from the dais. Dr. Matiangi (remember he is a Kisii) the presidentâ€™s speech reader, was shouted at. Sam Ongeri â€“ former education minister and jubilee errand boy in Kisii, was booed.
The incident confirmed the discontent and contempt with which majority of
Kenyans view jubilee government. It shows a society eager for change. Not even the so called president can come their way. Appointing one of their own canâ€™t quench their thirst for change.
More interestingly, they know who can bring that change. That is why they cheered Raila Odinga when he mounted the podium. I saw not a single CORD luminary being booed. It was clear from the crowd, we are sitting on a time bomb that is yet to explode, a REVOLUTION.