To many Jackson Omondi aka Nicco Machiavelli is just a mere political pundit on Facebook despite his occasional insightful political strategy posts go viral and end up being plagiarized by mainstream media journalists and columnists.
Well, Jackson is not a political armature pundit, he actually runs a top political strategy consulting in USA with ‘A-list’ clients in the democratic party (from state senators, governors, house of Reps , senate and even presidency- Obama campaigns.
Now, sample this amazing piece of a random free advice in a form of an open letter to Governor Kidero, many a Luo only are said to have been moved by the content- nobody cried yet!
OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR EVANS KIDERO
Allow me to inconvenience your person with some unsolicited political counsel. Your Excellency , the political season is upon us and many a political commentator is penning your political obituary in the most grotesque ways known to mankind. This writer has a different view and I beseech you to take a walk with me.
The Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives and were on their way to another electoral drubbing in 2012. On the chopping board, was a much more potent political seat – the presidency! Obama was running for reelection and many African Americans were disappointed with the Obama administration, the first black president had not lived up to their expectations. They expected Obama, a black president, to bring about a paradigm shift in their lives and after four years, Obama, in their view, fell short.
And when the Republicans sensed the dejection in the African American community and made efforts to tap into it by swaying blacks to abandon Obama, the Obama campaign Strategists unleashed black political luminaries on the trail with a chilling political talking point: ” are we going to be the generation that gave the first black president only one term to fix what generations of white men couldn’t fix?” ” How will America remember the first black president? ” Is he going to be remembered as a guy who couldn’t govern? By not voting to reelect Obama, are we not going to reinforce the stigma that blacks are just not up to par?
Blacks got the message and virtually all blacks voted to reelect Obama and the minority votes made the difference in key battleground states and helped put Obama over the requisite number for reelection.
Your Excellency, we are being told that you have underperformed and somehow, you don’t deserve a second term. Curiously, your detractors have established a benchmark that no other politician is required to meet. They expected you to turn Nairobi inside out, a fete that no politician can hit the confession booth and wax about.
A county that has hosted four presidents who didn’t give a rat’s tail about its roads or its amenities, a county that has been a habitat for all and sundry, in just five years, is now expected to be heaven. You have done your part and it’s time to fiercely seek a second term.
Allow me to address those who have trained their firepower your way and I am talking about those from your side of the aisle. The fact that Jubilee is spending sleepless nights trying to figure out how to kick you out should be enough to let people know the magnitude of what you will confront.
Cordashians should be and will be on your side. Until someone can produce video footage of you plotting to undermine our party leader or an audio tape of you rattling out disparaging remarks about RAO, I urge you to treat the ‘molegate’ as mere hearsay or political witch hunt.
Any true Cordashian cannot purport to be so peeved by your record to an extent that they can fathom voting for a Jubilee candidate. If they do, then they should put up their CORD credentials up for interrogation and we will ask them to show us a jubilant who has switched to CORD because of Jubilee ‘s pathetic record on security, economy and education.
Mr Govenor, this election will be one of the most expensive elections in the country and I am sure you are up to the task. The whole country is glued to the Nairobi gubernatorial JAP political bloodbath and as you are well aware, Jubilee will inevitably leave some people heartbroken. That is your opportunity Sir! Jump in and clandestinely pick a horse and bankroll him or her to the main event! You have the money. Use it!
In doing so, you will have a dog in their fight and while they duke it out, you and CORD will watch from the sidelines while you simultaneously use your vast largesse to cement your position as CORD’s candidate in Nairobi.
AFter all, if CORD is serious about a presidential stab, they must protect and defend the most coveted gubernatorial seat in the land! That’s your pitch. As a fellow luo, the last thing I want to be associated with is a sorry narrative to the effect that a luo had the infamy of losing reelection for the most plush gubernatorial seat in Kenya!
Sir, your 2013 political team was second to none. I urge you to resurrect it and give it more teeth. This time, sir, include more wily and shrewd political operatives with a take-no-prisoners attitude. You are the incumbent and I am sure you have seen what incumbents do to retain power. Pull all the stops.
You are the majority owner of a local daily, make good use of it. Plant stories of you can. Recruit a media team with a knack for political ruthlessness. Don’t ignore any political attacks. You are likely to face Senator Sonko as your main opponent, just remember that Sonko is a champion retail politician and the last thing you want is to attempt to match him in his forte.
Since you are the incumbent, you get to set the rules of engagement. If you are to debate him, make sure that you have thoroughly rehearsed and ready for unconventional debate. Everyone and their mother knows how you flunked the Waititu debate. If you botched a debate against Waititu, Sonko will clean your clock. I suggest you stay away from the debates unless your team is confident that you have improved.
In conclusion, Mr GOVERNOR, I want you to succeed and I believe that you will get it done but you must move with clinical precision. The spirit of CORD needs you to succeed, historic political fable is on the table. Jubilee is doing so well that they have managed to throw a spanner in CORD and now CORDASHIANS are busy attacking you instead of focusing on Uhuru Kenyatta! This is why I urge you to stay focused.
The history of Nairobi and the interllectual legacy of one of Kenya’s most maligned and celebrated community is on the line. How will historians judge us? Will they say that a community that produced a president of the United States, a mercurial trade unionist, an unparalleled reforms champion and panafricanist was given the most coveted gubernatorial seat in the land but after one term, was booted out of town in infamy? I don’t think so! We know better. Go for it Odhis!
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