By William Makora
As the country leaps to the forthcoming General Elections in a few monthsâ€™ time, the leader of The National Alliance and presidential aspirant, Hon. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, is a man entangled in whorls of vanity. Although he is endowed with comfort of currency, communal goodwill and royal milieu; Uhuru basically lacks ability to translate royal facility into factual fecundity. The basis of predictable leadership competence is dictated by the way one translates one or two gifts into operational faculty. It reveals the acumen in him.
When former President D.T. Moi spotted Uhuru in Gatundu in 1999, nominated and appointed him Minister for Local Government before preferring him for a legatee, pundits predicted that he was poised for a great future, and that it would not be long before he assumed the helm of the nation. Uhuru took over leadership of Moiâ€™s party, Kanu, with which he sought to succeed him. Unfortunately, their hopes were cast on a steel rock. He dumped the aprty in 2007 for support of his kinsman, President Mwai Kibaki. He never really cared what became of the independence party save for Moiâ€™s son, Gideon Moi, who swiftly took action to sustain it.
In his style of leadership Uhuru has thrived in malice. He has always unveiled strategies that work to reduce the number of players of his opponents. That makes him no better than a sad sport. Guerrilla tactics of politicking do not make a leader in whom the nation would abide. It makes other leaders look at you and say; â€œWe are better off without youâ€.
In defense of Kibakiâ€™s sullied reelection efforts, Uhuru engaged in activities that besmirched his reputation absolutely. He oversaw atrocious operation of a post electionsâ€™ violence group known as Mungiki. Investigations by a Commission of Inquiry into the violence established that the group terrified and butchered Kenyans in Nairobi, Naivasha and Nakuru. In the Commissionâ€™s reports that form part of evidence at the International Criminal Court, Uhuru led the operations. That was the first of disgraceful pictures that cast the former State House kid. The ICC cases still stand and hearings commence in April 2012.
Today, Uhuru is vying for presidency in Kenya. His candidature attracts two clear indications. First, his community constitutes a mega voting bloc that never votes outside the house. He is banking on the tribal numerical with whom he hopes to succeed Kibaki and secure power for his community. In the current past, symptoms of this observation showed between 2003 and early 2008 when they literally insulated power around Kibaki. If Uhuru gets their support, he is assured of the contest. That spells why Uhuru uses much money in buying loyalties from selfish and money-hungry politicians. As usual, the money is believed to come from contributions of his moneyed tribesmen within and without the country.
Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth … he has issued threats to them … he thunders against them: â€œYou are either with me or against me; if you are not with me you are my enemy!â€ That is reminiscent of the arrogance of Moiâ€™s time when people … who felt politically correct would shove decisions through the gullets of the public â€œwapende wasipendeâ€ Such like umbrage! It sounds like he would fatally hurt his perceived â€œenemiesâ€.
Second, Uhuru is fighting against subjection to the ICC cases. That is where he gains support and escort of William Samoei Ruto, one whom he accused for the violence in the same document. In this engagement, the duo wish to use â€œVote us, vote against the ICC!â€ campaign slogan to whip emotions of tribesmen whom they hoodwinked into believing that they are besieged by â€˜opponentsâ€™ in the succession politics; and that the ICC cases are attacks on their communities. Ruto is trying it out among his people in vain.
Enlivened by the buoying pecuniary status, Uhuru has wined and dined in the sea-city of human trade. In the last one and half years, he has literally bought who-are-who in the political circles. Like a prodigal son, he has been buying without selecting. Only a few top cream lovers of money have fallen into his hand and the public have thought that he â€œalsoâ€ schemes his purchases.
Some of the bigwigs whom Uhuruâ€™s currencies are believed to have compromised include Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, Chirau Makwere and Najib Balala. They formerly belonged to Orange Democratic Movement, Ford, Ford Kenya and Party of National Unity. The Vice President, Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka of WDM-K, has tried to work round about him for convenience which he has never recognized. Kalonzo is believed to have fallen into the trap when he arranged a power-sharing deal which made him Kibakiâ€™s second in command.
Kalonzo is the first to face the force. Uhuru sent him out of his G7 outfit saying he was no longer needed in the team. He accused Vice President of insincerely seeking power while hiding on their backs like a tick. In fact, he likened the duplicity to a hound dog running behind them while hoping for ‘the meat in their hands to drop down’. He alleged that Kalonzo was hoping to benefit from their ICC predicaments by mischievously consolidating their followers for the appetite of power he nurses. However he humiliated the VP and reduced him to a helpless slave who joined the team at his mercy. Kalonzo asked for pardon and stayed round about him at his mercy. Currently, the VP has opted out and is wandering about seeking refuge in leaders like Musalia.
In the recent past, Uhuru airlifted Wetangula, Ngilu, Makwere, Eugene Wamalwa and Kiema Kilonzo to Bujumbura to discuss and/or sign a pact that would bind them to his support in the forthcoming elections. In that respect, Ngilu placed before him three suggestions which he opposed. Firstly, she sought to have partners maintain their identities by fielding candidates in the seats. Secondly, she suggested that TNA sponsors all affiliate aspirants for parliamentary, senatorial and gubernatorial seats, arguing that it would motivate them to direct voters to vote him president. And thirdly, Ngilu urged Uhuru to consider incorporating partner parties’ manifestos into TNA’s if the alliance should serve corporate interests when it forms the government. Uhuru made trash of them all, instead maintaining that every aspirant that wants TNA’s sponsorship in the campaigns vies on the party’s ticket. “TNA has enough resource for candidates of all seats nationwide but not for other parties. Whoever stands on TNA’s ticket will get the party’s full support”, Uhuru said. Ngilu resented it.
He humiliated the VP and reduced him to a helpless slave who joined the team at his mercy. Kalonzo asked for pardon and stayed round about him at his mercy. Currently, the VP has opted out and is wandering about seeking refuge in leaders like Musalia.
There also emerged tussle on how Wetangula and Wamalwa would run Western Kenya campaigns when it appeared Uhuru had settled on Wamalwa and not ready to discuss further options Wetangula would advance. The antipathy greeting his pick on Balala for Coast against the more indigenous Makwere exposes his tendencies as suspect. He chooses his people in disrespect of bonds that form a united nation.
Conspicuously missing out of Uhuruâ€™s basket are Martha Karuaâ€™s and Peter Kennethâ€™s respective Narc-Kenya and Kenya National Congress parties. He has not shown interest in them; instead he has issued threats to them. In his trademark Central Kenya whacks, he thunders against them like the former USA President, George Bush, did for terrorism: â€œYou are either with me or against me; if you are not with me you are my enemy!â€ He thunders: “Join TNA or perish!” That is reminiscent of the arrogance of Moiâ€™s time when people like Shariff Nassir who felt politically correct would shove decisions through the gullets of the public â€œwapende wasipendeâ€ (whether they liked it or not). Such like umbrage! It sounds like he would fatally hurt his perceived â€œenemiesâ€.
It is an open secret that Uhuru has not been tolerant of other people. In his haughty heart, he spews at those he disregards. It is not by bad chance, therefore, that he disgraced the VP a few months ago by publicly casting him out of the nebulous G7 outfit. Musalia has not escaped the brunt of seeking to team him up in vain after it became apparent that he sweet-talked him out of the ODM. Musalia has had to toil with the donkey work of trying to pose as the candidate of United Democratic Front, a party superficially formed by Uhuruâ€™s schemers to host him in defection. It is now clear why Uhuru did not want to have Musalia in the same party with him. To him, it appears, the people bought by his money must serve capacities as slaves and nothing more. That has seen the â€˜slavesâ€™ skeptic of fully yielding to work with him or do his work. His style promotes hysteria other than stability.
If Uhuru was honest with Musalia, he would not â€œfishâ€ him from the safe ODM waters and abandon him on a dry UDF rock. That is like killing for nothing, which only thrives in childhood stages of human lives.
At initial stages, Uhuru seemed to form a family with his â€˜slavesâ€™ and the nation imagined how it would be a huge horde of people. And yes, it would; especially if he would be intelligent to establish a broader ideology. In his style of leadership Uhuru has thrived in malice. He has always unveiled strategies that work to reduce the number of players of his opponents. That makes him no better than a sad sport. Guerrilla tactics of politicking do not make a leader in whom the nation would abide. It makes other leaders look at you and say; â€œWe are better off without youâ€. A leader who is not guided by leading principles is no more than a cartoon.
As I write this article, the VP and Musalia are the people who will not work in aide of Uhuru. That is not because they discriminate against him but because he has no regards for them. In fact, it is apparent to all and sundry that he wants their support for selfish reasons. That is not what aspiring leaders would like to associate with. They want to be part of the main movement to promote national well-being. They want to work with leaders who respect others. Karua and Kenneth should not be Uhuruâ€™s enemies because they believe they have ambitions that they can share with all Kenyans freely and directly. It is their constitutional and democratic right and whoever helps them enjoy it helps the land of Kenya.
With his social, communal and financial background, he should be able to raise a comfortable head over his shoulders. If he fails to realize it, careless pride would bear blame for it. Other leaders may run to him but not want to be seen trapped in the cage of slave trade.
If Uhuru wishes to continue in blindness of his pride, his State House hopes will wait in nostalgia. If it cannot relate correctly, tribal swarm of attentions he is seeking may not come with any meaning to him at all.
Uhuru has had the many advantages which he has failed to exploit appropriately. Instead he has cumbered himself with pedestal cares and prodigal practices. With his social, communal and financial background, he should be able to raise a comfortable head over his shoulders. If he fails to realize it, careless pride would bear blame for it. Other leaders may run to him but not want to be seen trapped in the cage of slave trade.
A sorry scenario has emerged in the message of Uhuru’s “slaves”. In barrage of desperate propaganda explosions, they have shot in the air aimlessly leaving their (his) target, Raila Odinga,Â on the ground. Their bullets?! The ICC. Beginning with Ruto, Miguna Miguna, Tony Gachoka, and now Ngilu; they try to portray that Raila is spanner-boy who “fixed” him “so that he ascends to power unopposed”. This has turned into a boring noise to the ears of the public as people believe they merely use it to substitute their ideological bankruptcy even as they “milk an easy dairy cow”. It puzzles friends and foes how Uhuru fails to see that it has never made any tenable meaning in the time.
Kenyans know that, firstly Uhuru’s ICC cases cannot be done conclusively in public outbursts. They belong in the court. Secondly, Uhuru and team pushed the cases to The Hague when they thought they were safe of it and without caring implications they posed on who the [unknown] suspects would be. They were only surprised to learn that they formed part of the prominent names in the suit. That is the sorry part of the story that haunts Uhuru and his cahoots today. If that is what he thought then it was contrary, selfish and in disguise; a plot to have others evacuate the field for him. His loudest shout is an act of duplicity. He should not expect to use it to whip any emotions in the elections.
A good leader embraces broad and fair spectrum of competitions. A good leader refines his opinions about others and leads himself out other than confines himself. Kenya is for all Kenyans.