BY JIM BONNIE
When it comes to toeing the party line, no one is a boss. No one is untouchable. Even the claptrap of holding independent views doesnâ€™t matter. Donâ€™t tell me you should have the freedom of expressing your views. It is utter nonsense. You must champion party positions like a robot. Unless you want to lose your job! If in any case you find that your views arenâ€™t in agreement with those of the party most of the times, then I here inform you folk, you are in a wrong place. Resign.
Some of the MPs are half-learned; they stand absolutely for nothing and they can easily and cheaply be bought even by Satan. I didnâ€™t even mention that most of our elected members behave in a manner that would overshadow prostitutes. They love money like fools.
I tell you. I have to state at this juncture that parties are built on ideologies. The existence and growth of a party depends on the kind of ideologies it propagates. However, we all know that most political parties in Africa and specifically in Kenya have no clear ideologies. This is true. For example in Kenya you canâ€™t clearly tell what that outfit called URP or that community organization called TNA stands for.
They are like companies that were formed by individuals to achieve some selfish goals â€“ you remember ICC issue. The devil is in the details of course. We all know that. Not unless you are a kowtowing follower, you would idiotically refute that. But what happens when an individual decides to ran for a political office using a political party as his/her chosen vehicle? Isnâ€™t it a common knowledge that he/she must and will always abide by the partyâ€™s position on important matters of national interest?
Just tame your ignorance; this is the general belief and the fact. Not unless you are an ape. Unlike the old constitution which Kenyans sent to the dustbin in 2010 by promulgating the current one, the new dispensation has opened up a window for those who think can be politicians to vie for any post as an independent candidate. Watch out. It isnâ€™t that easy. This window wasnâ€™t put there for decoration.
Neither was it included to make the constitution voluptuous. It was for those who in their wildest dreams would think that their individual views would be wiser than any party stand. It was put there for people like Hon. Gideon Mungâ€™aro.
The coast politician who thinks that by virtue of being the chairman of a club of MPs from coast, he can dictate to ODM on what actions it should take or not take. Let me tell you something, no party in the world can allow its members to heckle in rallies and have private meetings with an opposing party the way they choose in the name of democracy or worse still; expressing their â€˜independentâ€™ views.
A party must always watch its members. Whenever a party feels unease by the moves of any of its members, then it MUST crack the whip! Whether you like it or not it must. If it hurts you then please go and form your own political party. I understand Balala formed one.
I canâ€™t recall its name but I remember it has something like a horse as its symbol. Why a horse? I donâ€™t know. Donâ€™t tell me that is dictatorship. All party members must promote the ideals of the party and when you feel uncomfortable, you resign and seek re-election. You donâ€™t earn salary on a party you think is no longer important. That is why I support the demotion of Hon. Gideon Mungâ€™aro as the minority whip in the National Assembly.
This man has been accused by the party of incompetence. The party is therefore at liberty to make the necessary changes that will improve its performance in the house. We know there are opportunists who will want to use this opportunity to blackmail the party and its leadership.
These self seeking gold diggers can go to any extent of even having coffee at state house late in the night. Watch them. It should be made clear to errant members that there is an option of resigning and seeking reelection either on a new political party or as an independent candidate.
ODM will not be dictated by outsiders, bystanders and political noisemakers on what it ought to do with its undisciplined members. The party must use its structures according to its constitution to qualify this. ODM is the largest party in Kenya and the only one for that matter with a clear ideology. If you naively think that the â€˜Dâ€™ is silent, yeah man face the reality, quit and face the electorate. Otherwise, shut up and praise the party always. Jim Bonnie comments on topical issues.