The rantings of the Moi political orphans: Series Part 1 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. In this Part 1, I respond to Raila’s article “We must ensure next government is not a product of fraud”. )
Part 1 of 5: Mr. Odinga, for someone so obsessed with free and fair elections, we would expect you to have set the standards with ODM.
Mr. Raila Odinga, asked to contribute to the Countdown 2017 feature in the Standard of 10th August 2016, all you could master was another diatribe about credibility of elections in the article “We must ensure next government is no product of fraud”.
Since your unfruitful sojourn with KANU after the 1997 elections, the results of which you contested, free and fair elections have been the trade mark of your political engagement, and according to you, the only free and fair election was in 2002. Tellingly you were on the side that won. Your contestation of the 2007 elections led to what it led to and you “magnanimously” accepted to serve in a blood-soaked government that was “a product of fraud”. You want us to believe you had no choice and the act was done out of magnanimity and selflessness. I beg to differ. You claim that the election was stolen in 2013. Why did that not lead to spontaneous violence like in 2007? Where were the “magnanimous” you in 2007, the same one who “accepted “a “fraudulent” election in 2013. This tells us that there were options in 2007, and you took the one that you thought suited you best then. You could have refused to sit in a government that was the product of fraud, on principle, and we still could have had peace, if that is what you wanted. Only the spectre of ICC saved the country in 2013 when again you contested the results in the Supreme Court and lost. It would by all means seem that you are a crusader of free and fair elections. That you believe in the principal so completely and have spent the last 20 years of your life pursuing the principal. But seriously, do you?
No you don’t.
Evidence: Men-in- black and the ODM elections of 2014.
For someone who has been criticizing everyone else for their inability or unwillingness to conduct free and fair elections, we would expect that ODM would conduct the most free and fair elections this country has ever seen. Such elections should be the case study that you would be presenting in your sustained onslaught against the IEBC. It should be a master piece of organization, the holy-grail of democracy, the test case for electronic tallying, the pinnacle of law and order and the end all of election malpractice in Kenya. Instead, what were Kenyans treated to in the ODM elections? Chaos, mayhem, thuggery, suppression of democracy, preferred candidates, sham, and the icing on the cake, men-in-black as the electoral body of ODM. What moral authority do you then have to raise a finger against any other electoral body or process in this country or anywhere in the world? Or are you telling us that only you and ODM reserve the right to carry out shambolic, thuggish, un-free, un-fair and non-credible elections and everyone else should be held to a different standard – incredibly by you and your followers?
With such credentials, wouldn’t anyone calling you to be an “observer” in any elections anywhere in the world be mocking you? Only a Kenyan politician would conduct shambolic elections in a party that they “own” and then lead their supporters to die in street protests to remove an electoral body for incompetence.
Only in Kenya!
And only in contemporary Kenya where national politics are controlled by yourself and your fellow Moi political orphans. It is not the modern Kenya we envision for the future. On this score you would do good to listen to your own advice in your article when you say:
Our best efforts must be focused on ensuring elections that produce a legitimate outcome for future stability and progress while strengthening our democratic process. It is critical that Kenya remains true to the ideals of democracy, and we cannot run away from our responsibility in ensuring this.
Why do you imagine that this is a standard and a responsibility of everyone else except yourself and ODM?
You are fond of referring to the tribal kingpins in Jubilee as KANU and Moi-men but you yourself seems to have learnt well from Moi how to hold on to power without regard to due process. You also learnt well how to court impunity to achieve your own political ends.
Why do I say this?
What did you do after you sabotaged your own elections? Two things that place you as a master of KANU tactics: You promised an investigation to bring the culprits to book, and you handpicked a line-up of party officials who were loyal to you and not to the people. The latter action reminds one of the KANU Kisirani in Kasarani where you yourself was handpicked to be the KANU Secretary general, by yours truly!
The report on the Kasarani debacle has never been released if indeed any investigation was done. It has joined the ever growing list of matters that end with a non-functional investigation or reports that never get acted on. Again when you criticize those who have never released or acted on reports, Ouko, Akiwumi, Ndungu, TJRC reports etc, please add the men-in-black investigation that was never done and a report that never came.
There is an expression that goes, “What you are saying is speaking so loudly, that I cannot hear what you are saying”. Is the ODM elections the example of how elections would be carried out in this country were you to become president undr an ODM banner? Chaos, thugs, undemocratic line-ups, aborted investigations and non-existent reports?
You seem to be irked by the fact that Jubilee are campaigning and you say as much:
It is particularly important for us to understand the link between what the Government has embarked on in recent weeks is nothing other than partisan campaigns. There is nothing new Jubilee can deliver between August 8, 2016 and this time in 2017.
One of the things that I agree with in your article and one that often isoften missed by commentators and pundits is your call to Kenyans that:
As citizens, let us embark on taking our future in our own hands by taking up our civic and patriotic duty to vote in the coming elections.
Pundits always miss the fact that voting is a duty and not necesarily a right. This, you got correct. For many Kenyans they would want their vote to mean something in removing from power a political class of Moi-political-orphans who preach water and drink wine. You have spent the last 14 years since the exit of Moi preaching democracy, accountability, nationalism and rule of the law. You have however spent the same years entrenching ethnicity, impunity, lies, double-standards and hooliganism. Your penchant for pulling Moi-political-orphans into tribal coalitions is legendary. In the last 10 years no one has made larger tribal coalitions with these Moi-political-orphans and lost more of them in the history of Kenyan politics like yourself. And all of them give the same reasons for abandoning you: ethnicity, impunity, duplicity, fanaticism, toxic politics, suffocation, hollow posturing, lack of democracy, false pretenses, hypocrisy, corruption, double-standards, thuggery and hooliganism in ODM and its leadership.
I however agree with your call to Kenyans “to take our future in our own hands”. If your call is headed, and if Kenyans take their destiny in their own hands and “remain true to the ideals of democracy”, they would vote out the Moi-political-orphans who have used KANU tactics to frustrate and delay the day of freedom and prosperity for Kenyans. When that day comes, don’t be surprised to be kicked out along with the other Moi-political-orphans. You have more in common with them than you imagine.