By Janet Mwikali-White
Ever since the Mpeketoni attacks, the Jubilee administration has hidden behind the veil of National security in a sustained attack that seems intent on debranding CORD.
Whether its Uhuruâ€™s insinuations that â€œlocal political networksâ€ in response to â€œincitementâ€ by CORDâ€™s then heightened political rallies, or Nelson Marwaâ€™s declaration that ODM was behind the Likoni attacks, there does appear to be a well orchestrated use of propaganda to ward off accusations of insecurity by in the Jubilee administration.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku has been the most notorious with these conspiracy theories. He has probably said enough to write a fiction novel. He has previously accused former leaders â€œin this country to be recruiting Mungiki Members with the intention of causing chaos in Kenyaâ€.
Even before Cord has even gotten into the business of collecting signatures, The Interior CS went overdrive when he claimed that CORD was duping Kenyans into signing up for the proposed referendum â€œunder the guise of a Land distribution planâ€. The Daily Nation quoted Ole Lenku as saying that â€œMy office has received credible reports of the dubious scheme purporting that the State will issue free land in places such as Moiâ€™s Bridge and Nakuru,â€
Failing regimes have been known to cling to propaganda to create an impression that they are winning wars. Adolf Hitler enlisted the services of Joseph Goebbels to keep repeating certain things until they can be believed. Yet Hitlerâ€™s forces were experiencing major losses and casualties in war against the Allied forces. Like ate had it, Hitler was to later take his own life rather than face trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity.
And so this propaganda thing isnâ€™t the only thing Jubilee is similar to the Nazi regime. International crimes also unite them at the hip. And Ole Lenku seems to be their designated Joseph Goebbels of course with instructions from a State House based messaging team, but who cannot be believed.
Other than the Nazis and Jubilee, failing parties also engage in propaganda. The US Republican Partyâ€™s Birther movement, weary of Obamaâ€™s unassailable superiority in polls, is reported to have repeatedly made fake allegations to claim that Obama was born in Kenya.
However these claims were refuted after irrefutable material evidence was availed to prove Obamaâ€™s birth at a Hospital in Honolulu Hawaii. The Tea Party is also notorious for emphasizing on Obamaâ€™s name rhyming with Osama. However this failed to hold water after â€œObama killed Osamaâ€. His Name Hussein has also been used in Tea party express propaganda initiatives.
In a nutshell, propaganda is a game of losers. You can tell who is trailing in the court of public opinion by the degree of propaganda that they are churning around.
If this propaganda that â€œCORD is responsible for all evil in Kenyaâ€ is the Jubilee official line, it does appear that Jubilee in an attempt to advance their anti-CORD theories and propaganda is behind some of these attacks by hooded men. And use of hooded men like Idris Kamau isn’t new in Kenya. Hooded men backed by security agents are known to have raided the Nation Media Group and the Standard Group.
The situation could even be dangerous if reports that Jubilee government has enlisted the services of an international Al Qaeda linked mercenary group to wreck havoc on Kenyans and then blame it on CORD. The involvement of Idris Kamau is proof that the Coastal attack commander is to receive top secret orders in Kikuyu from a higher up person, but execute those orders in an Al Shabaab coded language. This is possible since the entire security chain of command is from one tribe, with Ole Lenku as their gullible puppet.
The Likoni attacks were a government operation aimed at bringing the war away from Mpeketoni to make it appear as though itâ€™s all â€œupcountry peopleâ€ who were under attack, and not just the TNA supporters who illegally grabbed land in Lamu and other places at the COAST. In other words Marwaâ€™s brief is meant to broaden the coalition against the indigenous locals so that this matter stops having the â€œKikuyuâ€ label.
The aim is to help the Mpeketoni Uhuru support appear national and multi-ethnic, by ensuring a few â€œLuo, Kalenjin, Kamba, Luhyaâ€ funerals over Likoni killings. A national outcry to blackmail Kenyans over insecurity is the only goal I see here. This way, land grabbers at the Coast can win against the locals.
House Majority Leader Aden Dualle, who was accused by the CORD Deputy Minority Whip Jakoyo of doing charcoal business at Kismayu, has also been reported to have pointed at targets that Al Shabaab could attack. Machakos, he is reported to have advised Al Shabaab to be a more prime target for Al Shabaab than Eastleigh. At the height of Somali crackdown in Eastleigh, Dualle is quoted to have insinuated an explosion at Machakos was sure to only kill â€œinfidelsâ€, and not Somalis as the Eastleigh bombings had been doing. According to Dualle, Al Shabaab bombings are okay so long as â€œinfidelsâ€ are hit.