The rantings of the Moi political orphans: Series Part 5 of 5
(The Moi political orphans: DP William Ruto (presumably representing his boss), Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula ran separate commentaries in The Standard of Wednesday 10th August 2016, in a feature on the Countdown to 2017. In this “The rantings of the Moi-political-orphans” five part series, I respond to the commentaries. In the responses, I am demonstrating that as Moi-political-orphans, their engagement in politics is simply based on ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi. They all have absolutely nothing new to offer to Kenyans as we Countdown to 2017. We must get a new non-ethnic political narrative to animate our politics and it cannot come from these Moi-political-orphans. This is Part 5, a response to Kalonzo’s article “My bid is a call for a Kenyan renaissance”.)
Part 5 of 5: Mr. Kalonzo, after thirty years as a KANU man, there is nothing new or hopeful about your pursuit for the presidency
Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka, many words and descriptions have been used to describe your career in politics, none flattering. Instructively those who have labelled you are the ones you now run around claiming to be co-principals with in CORD. That is why when you penned a commentary titled, “My bid is a call for a Kenyan renaissance”, I could bet the first people to dismiss a Kalonzo rooting for a renaissance are your co-principals in CORD who once called you Judas Iscariot.
Of all the five commentaries, yours was the most vague, ambiguous and cliché. It shared an obsession with ethnic politics with that of Mr. Moses Wetangula and cementing the perception that CORD pivots around ethnic politics and prioritizes ethnic grievances, perceived or real, at the expense of everything else.
If you read the Standard in which you had published your call for a renaissance, you will notice that your other KANU siblings in Jubilee, Amani and CORD had also published their own dreamy fairy tales equally drooling at the prospect of the presidency. Oh the pain of being Moi-political-orphans!
It is curious that you would offer yourself as a cure to the ethnic balkanization caused by the political class. One can see why such unflattering words like watermelon, chameleon and Judas Iscariot have been used by your CORD co-conspirators to describe you. How can the ethnic bigots of yesterday be the nationalist renaissance crusaders of today? Of all the tribal overlords in CORD and Jubilee you hold the sole record of unspeakable tribal bigotry. You refused to answer a question from a journalist on account of his last name and loudly proclaimed, “Your name betrays you”. What is the difference between this and the murderers who in 1994 murdered a million people in Rwanda because “their name betrayed them”? What is the difference between you and the murderers of the 2007 madness unleashed on Kenyans by the political class who massacred people on the basis of their name?
Mr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, I have news for you. Do not imagine that ethnic warlords who cause genocides are creepy red-faced alien creatures with horns and the three-pronged satanic shovel emerging through fissures in the earth’s crust from the depths of hell.
They are not.
They are bigoted, well groomed, well-educated ‘learned friends’, smooth speaking, shiny faced, designer suit & tie wearing politicians, praise-the-lord, church going, well traveled diplomatic types with bloated tribal egos, verbal-diarrhoearring ethnic crap like “your name betrays you”, in a televised media briefing.
What you as a Kenyan leader fails to understand is that Kenyans are listening to you and they will pick up the cues from you on how to deal with each other. In my blogging, I have come face to face with the disastrous results of your tribal bigotry expressed on national TV in the engagement of Kenyans by other Kenyans. There are those who will not engage with others because “Your name betrays you”, a uniquely Kalonzonian phrase, immortalized by you and I hope you are ready to take responsibility for the consequences of the phrase in the event it is pushed to its logical bigoted possibilities. Pushed over the cliff by the ethnic politics of the current political class, these people having taken cues from you, will do more than refuse to answer questions. No one invites them to a press briefing.
For avoidance of doubt I have compiled and preserved some of those responses for you. So before you start dreaming about a renaissance, sit back and enjoy your handy work in ethnic jingoism…Kenyans mentored Kalonzo-style. These are real responses from Kenyans on my blog. It is what you have inspired. Enjoy!
Newton Mwangi , Danson Ondero, the moment I saw the Os in your name I knew straight away that I was dealing with with a lunatic, a retard… Ni hayo tu kwa sasa…
Peter Ngunyi Jose. “Prof” needs to be realistic. He can read am Jubilee from my name. “Your name betrays you”. Remember kalonzo.
Okoyo Jnr ur name betrays it all…
Desterio Juma Your name betrays you.
George Obendo No wonder the sir name is wainaina, professor of trablism…
Collins Galileo YOUR NAMES HAVE BETRAYED MOST OF YOU IN THE COMMENTS
Silaz Kirimi wainaina even your name ………..
Sayiore P Biram wainaina that name alone tells wat side ur
Glisson Megan That is being partisan is what so the called useless professor knows,l think you would be fare if u could have mentioned mungiki there.lf u cant trust men in black to conduct free and fair elections in kenya,then who are we to accept the outcome of elections conducted by mungiki??ln fact that name,#wainaina has betrayed everything
Pharice Suspha Odeke someone check out for me his second name before I make my comment please.
Israel Mande “wainaina” the name destroys u as aman from the slopes of mt kenya; tumewazoea
Paul Obbayyo what’s your 2nd name,,!!!??? the name betrays everything you say
Daniel Mwakidasi Your second name betrays you
Moses Ongwali Your name betrays u nothing we expect from someone like u thinking hatred eating hatred n drinking hatred u hate other communities create your own planet otherwise u will die b coz of jealousy hatred n tribal
Onchoke Joash @ Wainaina never convinced with your opinion coz to me your name betrays(too tribal) misleading as but in the actual since defending your tribe broory bure kabisa.
Silvas Emuruon Jina lakusaliti.
Mwalimu Ombaye juddie your name betrays you. you interest ni pesa… hahahaha
Enrique Othello all that comented hehe…there names can speak for themselves…..
Vincent Nasengo proffesor Michael who?oooh,ok.
Aleky Blake Asurry Ua name dscrbe all
Estone Magare “Wainaina” is yor last name that has betroyed u!!!.
Johnson Senelwa Your name tells your opinion.
Marimba B Cosmas you may be a professor bt of no good….your name betrays you.
Stanley StanoMastermind Keya I think you are very stupid…The last name sums it all Mr.Kikuyu professor
Lawrence Koka YOUR NAME BROTHER
Эвядним Фцщаиц your name betrays you…hizi degree za kujiwekea zinadanganya watu sana
Owilly Wuod Lokah Omalla Your name betrays it all
Eryq Roman Reigns McOmwoyo your name says it all.
Dan Omondi Your name betrays you just lyk your actions
Asuma Nyakieni PM Junior The name betrays you! Be objective. Endea bahasha; Uhuru likes your analysis.
Haajir Maow Fake proff Like magret wanjiru ur name betrays u go and join ur tribal small god leave rao peoples president.jiggers
Lawrence Majorityleader Professor your name betrayes your stament
They say choices have consequences. And that leaders should weigh their words. I hope you can now see why. God forbid, you have build an army that selects its enemies on the basis of their names. When the madness you have unleashed becomes manifest, Kalonzo’s army will be asking for ones name, and on that basis alone, they will decide whether you will live or die! And you are now writing commentaries calling for a Kenyan renaissance? Give us a break!!
This in my world ranks as the lowest point in your political career. Consequently, I personally do not think that your watermelon reputation is the worst is gets. In fact, almost all politicians in Kenya are watermelons at best, rotten mangoes in reality. So you really do not have to whip yourself too hard over the issue. Reading through your article, though, even with the dubious watermelon tag in mind, it is difficult to believe that you wrote it. And if you did, then you are more capricious than those who nicknamed you watermelon can even contemplate. You say:
My leadership will aim at enhancing inter-ethnic harmony and burying deep-seated suspicions among leaders and ordinary Kenyans. As a nationalist (Sigh)…our utmost attention will therefore be focused on national integration.
Why I am doubting that you wrote the article is that your other recorded and reported utterances are the polar opposite of what you are trying to preach here. Do you recognize the article below?
I do not have words to describe this kind of a duplicitous posturing. So what are you? This is not even preaching water and drinking wine. This is preaching holy blood and drinking changaa! What in this article calling for Kamba community to gang together shouts “inter-ethnic harmony” or “nationalist” or “national integration”? Do you now understand why your CORD co-principals labelled you Judas Iscariot? Do you now appreciate your role in creating the dying Kenya that you describe in your article in gloomy terms that:
Kenya is on a precipice. It is teetering on the brink of collapse, Massive corruption, unbridled tribal balkanization and negative ethnicity hover on the nation like the proverbial sword of Domocles.?
With such tribal talk from you, you are the one pushing Kenya to the precipice. The sword hanging over Kenyans need not be proverbial and it need not belong to Domocles. It is real, it is the tribal sword of Kalonzo and the political class in CORD and Jubilee, hanging over Kenya and its future.
To your credit, you correctly diagnosed the problems in Kenya. That:
Kenya’s massive socio-economic and moral decline in the past few years has been as a result of a leadership that abhors good governance.
You go on to correctly note that the trust of Kenyans on the current political leadership has been:
…lost following decades of politics of betrayal and selfishness that gave birth to massive corruption political wheeler dealing and tribal bigotry.
So far you are correct.
What you conveniently fail to mention is that you have been part of that leadership probably more than any other candidate that seeks to run for the presidency in 2017. If ever there was a Moi-man designed, planted, harvested, pressed and matured in the KANU winery, it is you. You should therefore be the last person to give us a lecture about the betrayal of the Kenyan people by the political class.
The punchline that has all Kenyans shaking their heads is:
“We are the new dream for Kenya”.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Seriously!!
When the current political class talked dreams, Kenyans believed them. They have been in dreamland for the last 53 years as common wananchi suffer with poverty, disease, ignorance. As you and the political class have been dreaming, Kenyans have been living a nightmare. Your co-principal Mr. Wetangula describes the situation very aptly in his article discussed in this series when he says:
At independence, we grappled with the challenges of disease, poverty and ignorance. Half a century later, the twin cancers of corruption and tribalism have conspired to make the situation worse”…[caused and aggravated by] “…the privileged few who run around displaying obscene fits of generosity and philanthropy form the wealth stolen form Kenyans.
Here you are offering yourself as “new dream for Kenyans”. A stranger to Kenyan politics would be forgiven to believe you. What you have not told them is that you have been a central player in the KANU regime that has impoverished and stolen from Kenyans for no less than 5 decades, 50 good years? You have served the regime for almost 30 of those years. You have served the regime well, and defended the excesses of the Moi-regime to the hilt. You are now suffering illusions of grandeur. You have finally heard the cry of Kenyans that the country is in trouble and in total oblivion to the role you have played in causing the trouble in the first place, you are absurdly offering yourself as the newness that Kenyans desire. You are truly delusional.
If there was anything new about your pursuit for the presidency, it should have been evident in the article. We should have felt the “newness”. Unfortunately this is not the case. It ends with a call to all Kenyans to keep the hope of a “third and final liberation” alive.
A third liberation is needed.
But Kenyans will be better warned to be wary of those who were Moi-men and who were on the wrong side of history during the second liberation. You were planted firmly and happily in KANU when Kenyans were fighting for the second liberation. Of this class of Moi-men, I would not get a better representative than yourself even if I tried. Ayi Kwei Armah has warned us about your types in “The Beautyful Ones are not yet” Born when he says:
A new life will maybe flower in this country. But when it came it will not choose as its instrument those who have made a habit of killing new flowers…
When the correct history of the KANUnnites who frustrated and delayed the coming of the second liberation is written, a Chapter would have to be reserved for Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. You are now part of the Moi-political-orphans who are offering themselves as a “new dream”, campaigning for a “Kenyan renaissance”! The reactionaries of yesterday have turned into the revolutionaries of today. Those who shouted themselves hoarse for the release of Barabbas are now weeping at the cross. Watermelon does not even begin to describe such duplicity! “Oh the scourge of the Moi-orphans!”…we cry our beloved country!