By Jim Bonnie
The mention of Nyayo rule sends a chilling effect down the spine of many Kenyans mainly those who experienced it, those who have read about it and those who have been told stories by nyayo totalitarianism victims. It was started by Kenyatta. Moi followed in his footsteps and sprinkled ingredients to it. If the deeds of these regimes could be put to a movie, I swear it would pass as a horror movie.
We have words that explain these regimes accurately; detention without trial, torture, political assassinations, runaway corruption, tribalism and a myriad of vices. It was a rule by an iron fist. In those days, the president was like a god. I heard Kenyatta used to flog his ministers! My question is, why couldnâ€™t someone punch his face?
I have to state something here because I have a crystal ball. Listening to 1.00pm news was somehow mandatory. These tyrants used KBC radio like jubilee is using the social media today. The president viewed every government employee like his house maid or shamba boy. He could fire and hire at will. The two presidents were actually dreaded rather than respected.
One common denominator in Kenyatta and Moi eon is that they were always accompanied by dozens of sycophants and their groupies to functions in funerals, churches and harambees. Is jubilee different? Anything the president did was top headline news even if it involved the president organizing a party for his grandchild.
After the presidents name was read and the masses informed of what their â€œgreat leaderâ€ did; tens of names of those sycophants who accompanied him were read. This was predestined to accomplish one goal. It was to fool people that their president is loved by all and sundry and that is why he is being body guarded by a crowed of â€œrespectedâ€ leaders. So compare the nyayo regime and jubilee.
The only difference is that the criminal duo has digitized â€œnyayoâ€. Recently, Uhuru ordered the revocation of land titles in Lamu County. Such irresponsible roadside declarations were rampant in his fatherâ€™s rule. So like father like son, the son has put on his fatherâ€™s shoes. Donâ€™t you think he crossed the red line?
There are only two ways one can be respected; through love or by force. Uhuru has not earned the admiration of majority Kenyansâ€™, the alternative is use of threat to earn respect. Jubilee style of leadership is a reincarnation of nyayo era. We have witnessed several attempts to infringe on Kenyansâ€™ rights.
The manner in which they rose to power too can tell you a lot. Those who support Uhuru for example behave as if he is the biggest thing to have happened in Africa and beyond. What they forget is that leaders of Uhuruâ€™s ilk vanish swiftly immediately they step out of power. They say that doesnâ€™t matter to them. That is ok as long as you are myopic and thick minded. An English term for that is an â€œIdiotâ€. What other way can we describe you?
You need to know this folks; Uhuru being a president is only hyped in Kiambu and its environs. As you edge closer to our borders, the man is known by another title. You can ask Ocampo. It is therefore primitive for anyone to expect anything â€œheavenâ€ from this regime while all about nyayoism is â€œhellâ€. You can try and prove otherwise but I know you will be doing that only to protect your guy.
The irony here however is that Uhuru calls himself digital while still actively practicing the age old political tactics and philosophy of our â€œlate ancestorsâ€. Donâ€™t fool us man. Jim Bonnie comments on topical issues of political weight.