By Comrade Albert Nyakundi Amenya – The Banana Peddler
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said that “The price of greatness is responsibility” Now I understand why there is no shortcut to maturity.
Honestly, I have a lot of respect for leaders who respect other leaders. Nevertheless, whoever is under the illusion that there is any quality of leadership exuding from President Uhuru Kenyatta must reexamine his illusion.
As a matter of fact, I determinedly profess here that President Kenyatta is not only the weakest, but also one of the wicked Presidents in the world since the departure of Adolf Hitler. The tear-gassing of CORD principals yesterday at the Anniversary Towers signposts how Uhuru’s integrity is shockingly unmet. Peradventure, there is no change without a conflict but elders must be respected.
By incautiously incapacitating Raila Odinga using teargas, the President confirmed that he lacks respect for his elders cum freedom fighters. Is this not the same president who tear-gassed primary school munchkins when they constitutionally remonstrated over their grabbed playground?
Constitutionally, PM Raila has an untenably inalienable right to his political future. Thus, he has a right to demand for a change of referee, if he has the best reasons, coupled by unassailable evidence that the referee is working for his opponent.
In Premier League, when Manchester United is about to take on the MIGHTIEST team in world ARSENAL FC, they usually question the integrity and fairness of officiators. But because it is their right to do so, the referee is always changed to their convenience to avoid pesky post match complaints and appeals.
The incomprehensible abomination done against the Rt. Hon Raila Odinga is not only inconsolable, but also condemnable by all means. In fact, the incongruity encompassed in the process of tear-gassing the leaders will forever remain indelible in the people’s minds.
Sincerely, even if Uhuru wanted to run counter to CORD’s approach towards disbanding IEBC, were there no other channels rather than that of unleashing the entire military higgledy-piggledy all over the city? I am edified that the Bill Of Rights as envisaged, is the backbone of our constitution. Where is that freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and that of peaceful demonstration?
I expected Uhuru to gallantly hold back his wrath no matter how deep he is in love with the controversial IEBC. Instead, he naively unleashed a contingent of crackpots on his senior – Yes, senior because some of the fruits President Kenyatta is enjoying, including the multi-party democracy, were paid for by Raila.
I expected this President to versatilely confab with CORD Principals and comradely demystify the IEBC debacle, only to realize we are living in a country where the rule of the jungle prevails, only the strong survives.
As far as integrity and leadership are concerned, I thought my President is an astutely versed egghead, only to realize that he is surrounded by likeminded Team-Mafisi, only thinking on how to develop their stomach infrastructures.
A Good Samaritan must tell the President that the atrocities he committed against Raila yesterday, one day he will deservedly get his comeuppance. Just like any doomsayer out there, I have an impregnable premonition that Uhuru’s imprudent acts will haunt him forever.
Just like Albert Einstein, I belong to Res ipsa loquitur school of thought. It is an open secret that President Kenyatta begrudges Raila’s rich history. Nonetheless, the fact remains that he owes the Prime Minister a huge debt of gratitude and apology.
This administration continually gives us the ugly side of leadership. From head to toe, nonchalance, bribery, nepotism and ethnicity clouds public activities.
Just name them: From the computer typing error, to the NYS scandal where Ksh2billion grew wings and flew with the help of former Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru. From the Ksh20billion El Nino funds, to the $1.4billion Eurobond proceeds where the partners in crime shared the loot and swept the crime under the carpet. Uhuru Kenyatta runs a deliberate porous system where his friends – those that helped him ascend to power – are on a looting competition, if not a looting spree.
This president does not care about the well-being of his people. All he cares about is his 2017reelection, the more reason why he jealously guards the treacherous IEBC. To him, it takes rocket science to fix quandaries like these.
As a leader of the nation, President Kenyatta has failed to convince Kenyans that he is serious with the fight against graft. Kenyatta’s body language neither radiates nor manifests this. To him, the phrase “leading by example” is a foreign language.
What sense does it make for the President to ‘reportedly’ get Ksh2.5m monthly salary while Statehouse spends Ksh8million a day, Ksh56million a week, Ksh224million a month and Ksh2688,000000billion a year on expenses? Isn’t this one of the primary reasons why he is fighting hard to retain IEBC?
Rather than tear-gassing school children, fellow leaders and other peaceful demonstrators, what has this President achieved so far to justify his being re-elected?