By Dorcas S
Even though I shouldn’t, I DO feel sorry for Jubilee’s Secretary-General Raphael Tuju. Not only is Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandango calling for his scalp, the former Minister for Foreign Affairs is at the center of what has been a disastrously chaotic nomination process. And like a good soldier and underling, Mr. Tuju took one for the team by accepting “responsibility for the chaotic primaries” and proceeding to cancel voting countrywide.
It is both depressing and comical to hear the likes of Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire and other Jubilee aspirants complaining about rigged electioneering fraught with “numerous anomalies”. Likewise, former CS of Devolution & Planning Anne Waiguru, now fully recovered from the mysterious ailment that forced her to “resign” from the docket accused the incumbent Governor of Kirinyaga Joseph Ndathi “of attempting to rig her out”.
My favorite from the Jubilee’s Period of Discontent is the video of Bishop Margaret Wanjiru “making it rain” on the faithful at Muthurwa Market. And who are the recipients of the good bishop’s “philanthropic” gestures?
Voters in the upcoming August elections.
I will give it to Ms. Wanjiru though, she did on video what those suit-wearing “polished” snake oil salesmen, women and “hustlers’ do using brown manila envelopes away from prying eyes.
The purpose of this piece, as was the purpose of the quiz is to highlight a fact that Jubilants don’t want to acknowledge:
Violence, especially during elections, crosses party lines. It also crosses ethnic lines. No one party or group has a monopoly on it – violence and chaos that is.
More troubling is the fact that the incumbent Jubilee Coalition, the current owners of the keys to the country’s levers of law and order, cannot hold peaceful and violent-free incorruptible primary elections across its stronghold – with the main event 109 days away.
This should worry all Kenyans regardless of partisan and ethnic stripes.