The rantings of the Moi political orphans: Series Part 4 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 4, I respond to DP WIlliam Ruto’s article, “Three years later, Jubilee scorecard is very healthy”. )
Part 4 of 5: Mr. Ruto, Jubilee’s “crown Jewel” is not the SGR, it is the scuttling of the ICC
In an article titled “Three years later Jubilee scorecard is very healthy
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000211494/ruto-three-years-later-jubilee-scorecard-is-very-healthy penned by Deputy President Mr. William Ruto, we are treated to a self-diagnosed scorecard and a verdict that can only come from the DP. His contention is that after taking the reins of a highly expectant nation three years and four months ago, jubilee has
…been vindicated by a diverse array of achievements and immense works in progress. The Jubilee administration has repaid the trust and faith of the Kenyan people with an unwavering commitment to the economic transformation of the land”
My question to DP Ruto is, “Do you live in Kenya?” Reading through your article one is reminded of an aloof great princess who, when told that the peasants were demonstrating and crying out for bread, she retorted, “Let them eat cake”. It is called kupoteza network. The country is angry, divided, bitter and disillusioned. And you think that is a “healthy scorecard”!
What is laughable is when you say that the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is the “crown jewel” of Jubilee.
It is not.
A “Crown jewel” project for a government is based on what the government had promised the people. Their anchor idea during campaigns around which they mobilized people to vote for them. So, what is the anchor idea around which you mobilized in 2013?
I submit that it is not SGR. It was to scuttle the ICC.
And this is a crown jewel for Jubilee in the true sense of the word. You see, Mr. DP, a crown jewel in governance is marked by the success of the anchor idea around which you mobilized.
In 2013 you and your colleague in Jubilee found yourself indicted for crimes against humanity at the ICC. You wanted to scuttle that process which you had initially naively believed would never catch up with you. Do you remember saying prosecutions in the Hague will be done in 2090? You were deadly wrong! The process came faster than you could ever have imagined. Both of you needed to frustrate that process and the most convenient way was first to capture state power. You mobilized your tribal bases along that idea and demonized your opponents in order to capture power and scuttle the process.
As ICC indictees, your seeking power was a purgative reaction to the ICC process to demonstrate that you couldn’t be culpable of heinous crimes against humanity and be elected by the people of Kenya. Put differently, you needed to show that the fact that you were elected by the people of Kenya was a negation of the image that the ICC wanted to portray of fugitives from International Justice.
It all started with a lie. A lie on national television by your boss that the ICC was “a small private problem”. Officially and on record you wanted Kenyans to believe that your run for the presidency had nothing to do with ICC.
You lied. They believed you. You took power.
“Sanitized” by a win, the personal problem mutated into a national problem, a regional pan-African problem and finally a global problem. I wonder how many Kenyans can mobilize all of government, the African Union and anyone who cares to listen in the global community to solve a “personal problem”. You and your boss went on an epic affront to demonize the ICC and scuttle your cases there. No sooner had you captured power than you started an operation on a global scale using state resources to scuttle the ICC process. The CS for foreign affairs had her brief and the AG became a personal counsel to the suspects and the chief confuser of the ICC. Foreign governments were insulted, civil society was demonized, witnesses were intimidated, political opponents were demonized, the public was harangued, the clergy was paraded until finally the process was scuttled.
This is Jubilee’s number one reason for seeking power. It has been their greatest and most spectacular success. It is your crown jewel.
And this is where the case for jubilee becomes complicated. The regime was founded on a lie. You can therefore not quote the lie as your “crown jewel” because it was just that, a lie.
In an article in the same series published your KANU sibling ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi puts it even more succinctly when he says, “the country is being held hostage by political gangsters”. He accuses you of “nostalgia for single party dictatorship”. He claims that the watering down on Chapter Six of the constitution allowed “crooked characters to infiltrate and sabotage the country’s political and economic systems. That’s why the youth role models are the corrupt”. This is a damning assessment of Jubilee by someone who would know. That is why your self-assessment of a healthy score-card does not add up. Founded on a lie, perpetuated by misrule and nostalgia for single party dictatorship and based on the adulteration of the Constitution to allow crooked characters infiltrate leadership, no wonder the country is angry, bitter, divided and disillusioned.
But there is a bigger problem than this for you and your regime. Regimes succeed or fail within the first two years. In fact in other jurisdictions, they assume that within the first 100 days, a regime should have rode the euphoria of winning to make a lasting impact. You used the most valuable time addressing the real issue you about which you had run for the presidency – the ICC. As a result, you lost the most valuable years of your regime on this most unholy of courses. In the meantime, the expectations of the people that you quite rightly point to dissipated and slowly turned into frustrations and anger. You therefore have to look for successes to showcase to the people as your successful-ICC-demonizing-regime ends and comes crushing.
So go ahead and sing the “spectacular” successes of the Jubilee government. True or imaginary. Mostly the latter. My contention is that any list that does not include the scuttling of the ICC indictments as a top achievement of the Jubilee administration is simply incorrect and at best, PR. But then again, what more has the regime achieved beyond PR?