FOR JUBILEE, THIS IS THE MOMENT THE BOTTOM FELL OFF
By Jackson O
September 16th, 2016 was a day that Jubilee political operatives will never forget. The venue was Narok and the whole country was glued to the television screens as Kenyans watched the proceedings at the burial ceremony of the late Ole Ntimama.
In true Kenyan tradition, politics took center stage as politicians sought to make their mark. Jubilee tapped Nkaissery to sherpa the event believing that with the retired general emceeing the event, opposition leaders had no choice but to tow the line.
Or so they thought.
Unbeknown to the Jubilants and just like I wrote on a post on that very day, Raila took control of the event and paraded what is now known as “NASA.” Mudavadi, then seen as ‘up for grabs,’ and uncommitted to neither coalition, was debuted and given a prime time slot with Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka. As all this was happening, the ‘tough’ emcee was reduced to a mere spectator begging Mr Odinga to hand over the microphone or address the mourners . Mr Odinga, of course, anchored the Team- NASA address.
Oblivious and perplexed by the goings-on, the President uncorked the mother of all diatribes: “Nyinyi endeeleni kumeza mate sisi tukikula nyama.” He didn’t stop there. ” Na sisi tunafurahia kukaa kwa hii kiti.” The state-controlled media houses rushed to spin the gaffe as a victory for the President but they forgot the watchful and hawkeyed bloggers who disseminated the verbal salad for what it was : a presidential taunting to hungry citizens.
As Jubilee PR operatives worked overtime to reverse course, their efforts became a cropper and akin to chasing a runway-bound plane on a bicycle. Like wildfire, the message briskly spread around the country and obtained a life of its own.
WHY? The President’s message reminded hungry Kenyans that they were on their own. The government was working for just a fraction of well-fed Kenyans who are out of touch with Wanjiku. Heck, the CEO of Kenya had no problem telling them on live TV!
That moment, jettisoned whatever was left of Jubilee’s PR campaign and it became an eye opener for Wanjiku who can now see this regime for what it is. It is no wonder that Wanjiku is saying ENOUGH! Enough to siphoning tax payers money, enough to armtwisting Kenyan teachers, enough to playing ping pong with the nation’s doctors and if the fact that the nation’s doctors have been on strike for over 40 days is not peeving enough, they are threatening to put some of them behind bars!
No amount of PR can mask the citizens disgust and disapproval of Jubilee misleaders. They can barely address rallies without being jeered and booed off stage! That’s Wanjiku saying ENOUGH!
Trips to Baba Moi are now in the public domain. At least Baba Moi, despite his strongman style of leadership, ensured that kids were fed albeit by way of free milk and never missed school for even a single day. This regime sent school kids home just because they felt like it!
I am sure Baba Moi must have said: ENOUGH!