When it was reported that Kiraitu Murungi had said that the folding of TNA and URP and other nondescript parties to form Jubilee was ill-advised, untimely and had flopped, I recalled writing two articles on the issue. I published the first article on 26th June 2016 and warned that the then proposed merger was hogwash, mere tribal gymnastics. Allow me to quote myself:
“The proponents of the jubilee merger have been lecturing Kenyans about national unity. They claim that theirs is a “patriotic” move to “bring Kenyans together”. Politicians especially of Kenyan extraction can say anything. This is the newest “anything” in town which makes sense to no one except the jubilee mandarins and daydreamers. They are yet to explain to Kenyans how merging tribal entities like TNA and URP is supposed to bring about national unity and cohesion! It is akin to saying that if you have a small heap of garbage and you merge it with another small heap of garbage, you get a big heap of worthy garbage! But jubilee is so desperate to drop the tribal millstone hanging around its neck that they are willing to believe their own hype.”
When they met in Kasarani to solidify the merger with hired fake delegates, I spoke very strongly against the circus in an article titled, “For 9K, you can be a Jubilee Party hero, they can manufacture history & remind you “…sisi ni serikali buana”.
Now, the architect of the Jubilee merger, the guy who folded his mbus has spoken. And he is full of regrets. It is called buyer’s remorse. He has come to the realization that the Jubilee merger was a mistake, a big mistake. It was also ill-advised. He is not telling us anything we did not know or anything we did not tell them. It is said, a wise man benefits more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
I was very categorical about the merger. Some people even thought I was too strong in my language. I said that TNA and URP tribal kingpins were trying to manufacture history. Allow me to quote myself. This is an excerpt from the article I published on 12th September 2016:
“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”.
So Mr. Kiraitu, you are not telling us anything we did not see as we watched you dance on the grave of your dead mbus baby at the birth of the political bastard called Jubilee Party which you helped midwife. We warned you but you did not listen.
I have some advice for you Mr. Kiraitu, you and the TNA/URP tribal kingpins made your Jubilee bed, you must now lie on it.
I opposed the Jubilee merger as a matter principal for reasons explained in the two articles. It turns out that it was also bad political strategy. Kiraitu and Co. would never let us sleep with talk of unity and how Jubilee was the be-all-and-end-all of ethnicity and divisions in Kenya. They were delusional. But like a break-less train hurtling down-hill towards its catastrophic end, Jubilee loves the sound of its own voice and listens to no one apart from itself. They are blind and deaf. They truly reflect the old adage that for whom the gods will destroy, they first make them mad. I have said in numerous articles that despite their bravado, Jubilee is clueless, tribal and the greatest disaster occasioned on the desire for transformation and prosperity post-2010 Constitution. What has befallen them was foreseeable and avoidable. But like my people say gikuu kia nugu kianakinya, miti yoothe ni itenderaga ( Loosely translated, when it is time for the monkey to die, all the trees become slippery). The death of the Jubilee monkey is nigh.
I have one more piece of advice to Mr. Kiraitu Murungi, and those who are shocked at the death-dance of the monkey – “Na bado. You ain’t seen nothing yet”. You need to tell the Statehouse tribal kingpins that you work for to go slow. Kenyans are not as stupid as those KANU surrogates imagine we are. They should have been able to learn something from the reaction of Kenyans towards the recently concluded mass voter registration exercise. If they are still in denial, kindly remind them of my warning to them in the same article where I warned them that the merger will fail. Again allow me to quote myself:
“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.”
Kiraitu’s explanation of what went wrong is worth mentioning. He claims that the idea was noble and that the Jubilee tribal kingpins were “very progressive” in thinking about a monolith called Jubilee. He further goes on to insinuate that we, the people of Kenya, were not ready for the “highly sophisticated thinking” of his bosses in Jubilee. Rubbish!!
Something very tragic happens to people and their capacity to think when they get to power. This is the Kiraitu of the “young turks” fame of the 90’s who gave Moi sleepless nights. How he can argue that the creation of a monolith tribal party to consolidate power for tribal kingpins is “progressive thinking” defeats me.
I am not very patient with any argument that seems to insinuate that there is something wrong with the people of Kenya. My response to Kiraitu is if you want to know who it is you work for in Jubilee, rewind back to 2002. You had fought the KANU regime for more than a decade by then. Mr. Kiraitu, in 2002, who was the face of the KANU excesses, misrule and emptiness? Which side were you on, the side of KANU and its project or the side of the people? I have news for you: nothing has changed about the KANU you fought against all those years. It clawed its way back to power in 2013 just as Moi had imagined in 2002. KANU never changed. The self-confessed YK92 hustler and the 2002-failed-Moi-project became the new face of KANU in 2013. It is still the same tribal, corrupt and inept regime you fought.
Mr. Kiraitu, news flash! Someone has crossed over to the territory of the other, and it is not the KANUnnites.
Imagining they could manufacture history like their father Moi in Kasarani-Kisirani, the KANU surrogates talked you and other misguided and greedy politicians into killing your own parties for a delusional half-baked idea called Jubilee Party. After realizing how dumb the idea was, stop insulting the people of Kenya by telling them they are not ready for change. We are. But we also know that tribal gymnastics and mercenary mergers that seek to manufacture history KANU-style are NOT change. It is you who is having buyers remorse. You and the TNA/URP tribal kingpins made your Jubilee bed, you must now lie on it.