When DP Ruto walked into the Kasarani Gymnasium for the launch of the new Jubilee Party, he was met by a hostile crowd. So the reports goes:
Deputy President William Ruto had to solely plead and caress delegates to drop their protest over unpaid allowances before… jubilee delegates’ conference could begin. When he arrived at the Kasarani Stadium, the venue of the NDC…Ruto found a situation thick in protest jeers and utter confusion. Delegates outside and inside the gymnasium had refused to cooperate defying speakers one after another as they insisted on being paid their cumulative allowances for the three day political extravaganza…The delegates said they had been promised Sh.10,000 each per day, totaling Sh. 30,000 for the three days.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000215398/deputy-president-william-ruto-pleads-with-jubilee-delegates-protesting-over-allowances
The delegates were reportedly so incensed that “when called to rise in prayer, shouted “pesa”. It is reported that the DP informed the delegates that their claims on allowances was “a small thing” which would be easily sorted out. Never mind that there were reportedly 12,000 delegates demanding Ksh. 30,000 each for the three days. Do the math. To be sure Ksh. 360 Million. That, in the world of the DP “ni mambo madogo madogo”. It does seem that some of the delegates had done the math, and when the money was not forthcoming concluded that they had been duped and the money would never come. The DP could court no such doubts. He promptly reminded the delegates “sisi si chama tu, sisi ni serikali buana”. (We are not just a party, we are the government man!). The point here being, what is Ksh. 360 Million to the government? What was eventually paid varies depending on who you ask. 9K per delegate seems to have been the reserve price, Jubilee’s “bei ya jioni” so to speak.
I do not know about you, but from where I am seated, this is a confession that the Jubilee affair was for all intents and purposes financed by government. If you had any doubts that the gory old days of KANU excesses are back, there is your confirmation!
The DP proceeded to placate the delegates. “He praised them as heroes and heroines of the country”.
Yes, heroes and heroines!
This would be a good point to throw up! In true KANU fashion, hirelings and mercenaries who were threatening to cause chaos and mayhem are now the new Jubilee’s heroes and heroines in town. Jubilee has an official price for purchasing a hero or a heroine.
It’s 9K. Any takers?
For those who are already disgusted I have bad news for you, the madness has just started.
The level at which Jubilee is throwing “sisi ni serikali” at our faces borders on the obscene. It is hard to believe that these are guys who “won” in 2013 with the thinnest of margins. They now think that with a few billions you can manufacture history. The DP was telling the Kasarani “delegates” that:
I want to pay tribute to you once again. Yesterday you performed an historic feat never seen before and which will remain for many years.
Such is the might of “serikali”. It manufactures history. You will remember the DP warning ODM and CORD that they are government “na tume jipanga“. This is the malady of a regime that has forgotten that the people are the government and that they govern courtesy of the people. They are nostalgic about the KANU of their heydays that imagined that it could manufacture history. Jubilee is recreating the KANU madness and it will fall. It was trying to manufacture history in Kasarani, the same “kisirani” place where Moi tried to manufacture history with disastrous results to KANU.
The manufactured history follows an official line that Jubilee is changing the political landscape by uniting Kenyans. That it is creating a new culture of organizations with institutionalized democratic processes. That it has distinct ideological positions, and that the merger is an “earth shaking” political machine that will carry along all Kenyans into the land of prosperity. Crap! What anyone in jubilee is yet to explain to me is how merging two tribal political parties, TNA and URP, and buying out some nondescript briefcase parties is supposed to unite Kenyans.
When the real history is written, it will record that two tribal overlords, desirous of perpetuating themselves in power until 2032 collapsed their distinct tribal parties into one big tribal party, with ten or so other briefcase parties as flower girls. To further consolidate power, the governance machinery of the new tribal party was handpicked by the tribal overlords, with sensitivity to the ethnic power balance between the two dominant parties not to upset the tribal elite who had collapsed into one party. Fact!
Ultimately, the circus of the merger will unravel because of the real history. They will have to manufacture new history to tell us why it will have fallen apart. But fall it will. Not because I am a seer, but because history has taught us that nothing founded on manipulation of the people, corruption of money and a dearth of ideas can survive the test of time. I am sure you have continuously heard of the phrase, “History will judge them harshly…”. Nowhere is this truer than the fate that awaits the product of the Jubilee madness displayed in Nairobi over the three days.
I will remind you for what purpose the madness was in full play. They say that they are uniting the country. In their head, by uniting two tribal entities called TNA and URP and buying out some other nondescript briefcase parties, they are uniting Kenyans. For them, they might even believe the hype. It is reminiscent of KANU in 2002. A deluded cabal of Moi-men who after raping the country for 24 years were preaching to Kenyans about national unity under a Moi-proxy Presidency occupied by Uhuru Kenyatta. It failed then. It recreated itself in 2013, and in those 3 days they have come full circle. KANU has been reborn. It is now as a behemoth duopoly of the Kikuyu and Kalenjin political elite who have a lot to protect accumulated over 53 years of politics of ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi.
Someone asked in this blog, whether we have been bewitched. How we ended up where we are now and for how long our politics will be manipulated like this by dirty money and tribal overlords. Kenyans who were asking this question earlier have been left dumbfounded by the events of 8th – 10th September. I have consistently maintained that ours was a choice between the bad and the ugly in 2013. We chose one. I don’t know which one. All I know is that the bad has become badder and the ugly has become uglier. The greatest tragedy for those who had hopes for a new Kenya after the promulgation of a new constitution is that a self-confessed-YK92-hustler and a 2002-failed-Moi-project occupied statehouse at a time when the desire of every Kenyan was change. No wonder some people think we are bewitched.
“Serikali” vs the People, Round 2…
But I am optimistic. The madness does not depress me, it excites me. There is a saying in West Africa, that “those whom the gods will destroy, they first make them mad”. So, do not be discouraged by the madness you are seeing. It is a cue to all Kenyans of goodwill that the time for change is now. Why am I confident that the Jubilee hubris is terminal madness, the pride that comes before a fall?
However bloated their egos get in being “serikali“, Uhuruto are no Danel Arap Moi. The hardly 4 year old Jubilee “serikali” cannot approximate the political might and material resources of the 24 year Moi “serikali”. Moi had all the instruments of the state at his disposal and an old despotic Constitution to boot. Everyone in an appointive position in government was his hireling and he shared power with nobody. Yet, Moi was defeated and (unfortunately) humiliated by the same people he had ruled over with an iron fist for 24 years.
In contrast, Jubilee are operating under a new Constitution that has significantly whittled down the powers of the executive. Even Moi would find it hard to be Moi with the new Constitution. To make matters worse, Jubilee is a tribal tango between the Kikuyu and Kalenjin political elite which makes the DP a powerful individual, almost sharing executive power with the President. Uhuru is no Moi, he has to make a call to Ruto before making the smallest of decisions.
Additionally, the new constitution created a devolved system where considerable power is with the counties. While primary school kids can name a few governors, I doubt many can even name a single County Commissioner (except probably Marwa), who are supposed to be the power of the Central government at the grassroots. When we were in school we knew all the PCs and a few DCs. They were Moi’s power on the ground. Thus, the attempt by Jubilee to recreate “serikali” in Moi’s image will backfire. They are no Moi and this is not the 1980s. And this brings me to the next reason I am hopeful.
The people of Kenya in 2017 are not the people of Kenya in the 90s. The demographics have shifted and the beneficiaries of NARC’s free primary education in January of 2003 will be voting in 2017. Unlike then, the people now know that they can bring down a government. Theirs was an act of faith in 2002, they had never seen a government fall. Now it is an act of procedure. They not only have a defeatable regime, they have significant experience in defeating regimes and regimes’ agenda. They know that the money they are being bought with is their money, and that those buying them are giving them just a small fraction of what has been looted. When they came to Kasarani, they did not come in search of heroism, they came for the piece of the pie, to partake of the crumbs offered to them by “serikali“. Easy money. It was déjà vu, “kula kwa KANU” all over again. In 2017, the people will “kula kwa Jubilee” and give their “kura” to a new leadership, a new dispensation.
Kasarani was a rehearsal of 2017. And although there were “mambo madodo madogo”, the Jubilee “serikali” did not disappoint. They delivered and affirmed to the people, that for 9K, you can be a Jubilee Party hero, they can manufacture history & remind you “…sisi ni serikali buana”. The madness has just started…but remember, those whom the gods will destroy, they first make them mad.