AS JUBILEE CHANNELS IT’S INNER VLADIMIR PUTIN TOWARDS GOVERNOR JOHO, HERE IS A PIECE OF ADVICE FOR THE SULTAN
By Jackson Omondi
“When they start to attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument.” Those immortal words of Margaret Thatcher succinctly apply to the political hit job being executed by Jubilee political hillbillies on the person of Governor Joho.
It all started with a public dressdown and an unprecedented show of political mettle that thoroughly peeved the peanut gallery and those who believe that leaders should get away with falsehoods. They didn’t like what they heard and what followed was a presidential vow to “teach huyo jamaa a lesson.” In dictatorial regimes, like in this case, that means deployment of whatever political chicanery, conjecture, forgery etc at the disposal of the state operatives just to drive a point home.
And in a script straight from Vladimir Putin’s playbook, they threw a “crime” on to the Governor’s political ledger and as I type away, the Governor is busy putting out state-orchestrated fires. The forgery claim follows several failed attempts to silence the ODM honcho. The Kampala University, frozen county bank accounts, delay of the county disbursements from the national government as per devolution requirements, family business being frustrated, security withdrawal, firearms withdrawal, house arrests are all mundane and primitive efforts that have been deployed to contain the Governor in vain.
The Governor must adopt a three- pronged strategy in order to counter these stupid charges. And all three must be executed at the same time;
First, let the Orengo- led legal team handle the legal aspect of it. No one comes close to the Kenyan version of the dreaded Johnie Cochran. They want to use the courts to cut you in the knees. Orengo won’t let them do that. And even if they succeed in court, chapter six of the Kenyan constitution was bastardized when those folks ignored it in 2013 despite the ICC imbroglio. That right there was judicial precedent.
Number two, folks often talk about tribes and their numerical advantages but never mention the silent ‘tribe’, which is the Muslim community in Kenya. Together, all Muslims in Kenya damn near trounce the vaunted ‘large’ tribes. As such, set up a team dominated by marquee clerics with a knack for message packaging and frame your tribulations as an assault on the Muslim community as a whole.
Listen to me.
Let the talking points go a little something like this: the Jubilee government is persecuting the first Muslim leader who has a clear and realistic chance of one day becoming President of Kenya. Let this message spread like wildfire and put the responsibility squarely on Jubilee. Let it be known that it is Jubilee that maliciously stood in the way of a leader who happened to be the first Muslim with a clear shot at national leadership. The upshot will be reminiscent of the day Dr Martin Luther Jnr was arrested during a Republican administration and when his father asked for his release, the officials siding with the bigots back then demurred and he declared that he was ” taking” his briefcase “full of votes” to the Democrats and since then, the blacks have always overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic party.
Lastly, bring in the enigma, he has a way of sucking the oxygen out of Jubilee. Plan major rallies and nationalize the tribulations, essentially crystallizing the message as Jubilee’s way of creating distractions to avoid talking about its disastrous record. Jubilee and its operatives are happy to discuss high school grades because of their lackluster record on policy. It is amazing that after four years at the helm, the only thing Jubilee can talk about is a high school certificate.
Political rallies highlighting this glaring attempt to hide a pathetic record can go a long way in keeping this government honest. The inherent irony here is that they are talking about the rule of law, yet they spent four years ignoring court orders and breaking all kinds of laws.
There you have it.