By Gitungo Wamere
I must begin by sending my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Hon Kajwang for his untimely demise. I believe he was a loving husband and father; a good brother; a loyal confidant to some; and a first senator to the people of Homabay.
I believe he offered his best in all the responsibilities he had as a mortal being, knowing too well someday he will depart from the face of earth and history alone will be left to account his short stay on earth.
For us Kenyans, we shall remember Mr. Kajwang for his thrilling skills in moving crowds in political rallies.
After all is said and done Mr. Kajwang has certainly left a void in Luo Nyanza politics. His death will equal the death of the likes of Njenga Karume and John Michuki of central Kenya. Indeed, when you hear Mr. Odinga eulogizing the man you will discern that Kajwang was a big man in Luo Nyanza politics. He is described as one of the closest confidants of Mr. Odinga. As matter of fact any action of Mr. Odinga must have had Â a fraction of Kajwangâ€™s wisdom, or, in some instances, lack of.
His untimely demise came at a time when he was needed most. A time when a revolt against the Odinga dynasty is looming right at his backyard. Just when the party that he thought was larger than any deity is disintegrating. Mr. Kajwang just left when Mr. Odinga, a man whom he remained loyal to in all his political life, needed to rebrand himself for the last shot at the presidency.
When you conceptualize all these issues, the reality of Engineer Regeâ€™s words that politics â€œhave diedâ€ with Kajwang’ starts to dawn in the context of Luo Nyanza politics.
Kajwang was a behemoth in Luo politics, no one could have fallen him. He had positioned himself well and he was a favourite of the Odingas.
He started his journey long enough in the University of Nairobi where he was expelled as a student leader and ended up in Makerere University where he shared a room with Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi. If there are people who owned ODM then Kajwang was on top of the list. He formed the insider cabal that could not have lost in nominations. He always had his way in matters of ODM.
It will be remembered that Kajwang was vying for the position of the Vice chair during the bungled ODM elections. What was so interesting was that he formed part of the old guards who were being fought by the young turks in the party. Unfortunately, Kajwang has left before the rivalry of the old guards and the young turks in the party has been resolved. He was among the people whom would have been key in forging a harmonious future for the party.
Due to his influence in Luo politics he was significant in the Odinga succession politics. Claims have been hovered all over that he is among the people who advise Mr. Odinga, unfortunately wrongly for their own interest.
Since the defeat of Mr. Odinga in the last election, Luo Nyanza is divided into two; with one side saying that â€œJakomâ€ should call it a day in elective politics while others hold muscularly that Odinga should try his luck for the last time. Mr. Kajwang resided unapologetically in the latter camp.
Critics of Mr Odingaâ€™s stay in politics, especially from his backyard have proliferated a strong thesis that the likes of the late Kajwang will be insecure with the absence of Odinga in politics.
The argument raised is that a good number of Luo politicians have their political umbilical cord tied to Mr.Odinga. Now that Kajwang has gone to rest, pundits may theorize that the political tempo towards encouraging Odinga to run for the presidency again may diminuend.
The seemingly expression of Luo politicians rivalry may come out in its true colours in due course. It is either a coincidence or the making of the gods that the battlefield will be in South Nyanza where most of ODM perceived renegades hail from.
This is where the â€œKalausiâ€™sâ€ storm come from, and the demise of Mr. Kajwang may be a blessing in disguise. After Mr. Kajwang has been laid to rest with all the respect that he deserves battle lines may be drawn in Homabay that will define the future of the Kalausis in Luo politics.
The death of Mr. Kajwang may not be their best opportunity to flex their political muscles but again this is politics, where a man must fully assume the status of a political animal.
Finally, as we continue to mourn the death of Mr. Kajwang, it will not be done until the by-elections in Homabay senatorial position are conducted.
In deed BADO MAPAMBANO.