My heart breaks so as to make me sob when I remember the 2002 general elections in Kenya. When I look back at high hopes and sighs of relief that Kenyans had-which turned to be a hoax- I honestly go berserk. I trust no player in this stage-cum road show (elections).
In 2002, Kenyans ushered in Moi Kibaki as they booted out Daniel arap Mwai (not their real names). In other words, Kenyans voted for the same wine in a different bottle.
Whenever I read or hear of the marriage of convenience between Mwai Kibaki and Daniel arap Moi, I sigh and shake my head. How wouldn’t I if this atones the sins of Moi as it blesses those of Kibaki? Refer to the vanishing of Goldenberg after the coming of Anglo-Leasing.
Once again, the session and season of lies and braggadocios are in. Magicians in the cloak of politics and deliverance are on the arena busy performing. Kibaki wants the mandate to finish his business. This time around, he has other two potential presidential materials, Raila Oginga Odinga and Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka who weighed in to give him a heck.
I have been reading and hearing many promises of heaven, paradise, Shangri-La valleys, Canaan you name it! I wonder though. What new do these guys have? I wonder with reasons. I still remember how Orange-Narc’s squabbles and machinations doomed the draft constitution unreasonably. I even remember the pomposity and huge support for Kibaka when he was scheming to unseat Moi (KANU).
Fortunately I was in Nairobi when this beautiful document was slain. Kibaki promised to deliver it. Raila and his whiz kids blocked him to see to it that their foe does not deliver and score. Here, what they considered is nothing but their political glory as opposed to hoi polloi’s emancipation! Sadly this has been the order of the day Africa over!
Now here we are. They want more! For them the constitution is nothing given that they can get away with it! This, if anything, is the juncture at which I see colours as far as who suits to become the president of Kenya.
Frankly speaking, the blood of the draft constitution is on the hands of Kibaki, Raila and Musyoka in the first place. If Kenyans bother to look at the true trend and trajectory of their nation, chances are; there is no worthy candidate for them to pick for president. How will they pardon this sin not to mention -needed and hard earned- millions of shillings lost?
Hence, in this tragic-comedy, Kenyans must ask crucial questions especially on how much was delivered and not.
Reasonable reasons must be adduced. Did the common man in Kibera, Kawangware, Majengo Uthiru and what not get what he expected of them? If not, why?
though Kibaki boasts of turning the economy around, looking at it practically, this is the subject to debating. statistically he performed miraculously. But again the common man in slums feeds not on statistics. His is to see not to be told. Seeing is believing.
I spent my three years in Kenya at Valley Arcade. I interacted and discussed issues with many Kenyans. One thing, thank God, I tackled with those I was lucky to meet with, is the fable of the rampancy of tribalism.
I am still convincingly positive to aver that, in essence; there is no tribalism in Kenya save confusion, illusion, hallucination and Kenyans being hoodwinked and taken for ride under "tribalistic" sympathy and apathy.
In Lavington every who has is of the same tribe with anybody who also has. Being a Tanzanian, I thought, I would be discriminated against. Nay! I was comfortably at home.
You know what? If the freedom of Kenya makes sense, it makes more sense even to Indians in Industrial area than slum dwellers. Slums produce and breed "criminals and Mungiki" whilst Lavington and Industrial areas produce rain makers and sharp shooters like Kamlesh-Kamani and Kibaki-Raila-Kalonzo! It is easier for Moi to iron out the difference between him and Kibaki than the Mlalahoi to do the same with him.
Looking at the type of life people-forgotten ones- live in above mentioned slums compared to Lavington, Muthaiga and the likes, one can comfortably assert and draw conclusion that Kenya has two tribes only-those who have and who have not.
There are those enjoying the fruits of freedom and those bearing the pangs and twangs of freedom.
To be open, to me, freedom is mockery even an abuse for the people living in slums (in Africa) unnecessarily. Freedom is meaningful for the people living in posh and well to do suburbs. How can a person sharing sewage with pigs and all beasts of burden feel and enjoy freedom? Sadly though, the same is a good voter and burden bearer!
How can a person groaning and gasping to put a full meal on the table -not to mention where to comfortably put his ribs- feel and enjoy the so-called freedom? This is but the freedom of doom! If he does, either he doesn’t know what he is enjoying or he is crazy and foolish. What does the situation on the ground tell?
In the neighbouring Tanzania, the hoi polloi who were tired of big headed Mkapa’s regime, goofed by trusting the current regime. I still sadly and vividly remember. Tanzanians voted in the so-called Tsunami magnitude as far as victory for the current president, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is concerned! Gosh! Ask them today. Where are they and in what situation? Of course, they are lamenting and regretting as to why the committed this sacrilege.
If it were my venue and jurisdiction of decision making and command of the situation, I would honestly and strongly aver that Kenyans, like Tanzanians, are facing the hardest moment of their time to choose among and from many evils.
Let us face it and say it. Africa is cascading down just because of having self seekers in political outfits. Beware of grandiose promises and sweet words.
To me, neither Kibaki, Raila nor Kalonzo fits to be president of Kenya. If any of them wishes and thinks to be one, he better explain reasonably why he did what he did for the failure of the nation. Again, all of them must seek forgiveness for doping Kenyans especially the hoi polloi.
By the way, politicians can say and promise any and everything. When it comes to delivering they are all the babies of the same mother-duplicity.