The President is at it again. You must have seen the Wednesday, 30th November 2016 Nation headlines where he claims that Raila is bad for the economy. If you ask some economists, they will say he probably is. Keeping the country in campaign mode since 2005 cannot be good for the economy. But that is not the problem.
The President should know this: –
Raila’s career was in the doldrums after the men-in-black fiasco in Kasarani. (Yes, again. You will never hear the last of it). ODM’s emptiness, hooliganism and incompetence was on display on live television for the whole world to see. It is the singular most embarrassing political fiasco for any politician anywhere in the world, save for the lawless states ruled by militias and buffoons. To make things worse, we had been warned, “ODM ina wenyewe”. And true to form we saw the owners. In their true orange colours; chaotic, undemocratic, hooliganic and unrepentant. I have insisted that in the civilised world, no politician would have survived such a debased, primitive and chaotic election like the one conducted by Raila and ODM. And any self-respecting politician would have resigned. Kenyan politics, however, does not qualify for a civilised world and we have no self-respecting politicians. Our politics are firmly grounded in ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi. So much so that even after such a shameful catastrophe, we are told by some worshipers that Raila ni baba, mwana na roho mtakatifu.
So, what made a person so embarrassed, discredited and exposed revive his dwindling political fortunes and become a contender even with the history of chaos and hooliganism hanging around his neck?
The answer is simple:
The cluelessness, thievery and tribal jingoism of Uhurus’s Jubilee government. Had the Jubilee government delivered in the eyes of the people, Raila would be history. That he is always in the headlines is thanks to the amateur and thuggish job done by Jubilee.
Where did the rain start beating Jubilee? What was the “original sin”?
Jubilee government was founded on a lie. We were told that the ICC cases that the Jubilee duo had were a small “personal problem”. This was a lie. It was actually the reason why they sought power and as soon as they acquired power, the small personal problem was bound to become a Pan-African and a global problem. The Jubilee duo spent the better part of their term turning the “personal problem” into a local and international nuisance. By the time they intimidated, bribed, “prayed” and confused everyone to have the cases scuttled, the regime was already in trouble. The thieves they had appointed in government had looted from the people with abandon.
By then, Raila had already stolen his own elections and appointed henchmen to the ODM NEC, wiped his mouth, washed his hands hands, took a toothpick and assumed that nothing had happened. Having buried his own sins of omission and commission, he cleverly picked on the sins of omission and commission of the Jubilee government to not only sanitize himself, but to put the Jubilee government on its defense.
While you will rarely hear Uhuru referring to the men-in-black, (If I were him, I would hang on this like Trump hanging on Clinton’s emails), he is always defending himself against Raila. The latest claim that Raila is bad for the economy is his latest attempt. It sounds desperate and honestly for a President, it is a cheap shot.
Before this uncalled for outburst, the President’s people have been trying to pin corruption on Odinga. How pathetic?
It was not Raila who first revealed that there was corruption in the Jubilee government up to the Office of the President. It was yours truly.
It was not Raila who tabled a doomed list accompanied by a yelling state of the nation address in parliament chest-thumbing about his commitment to fighting corruption. It was yours truly.
It was not Raila who declared corruption a security threat to the nation. It was yours truly.
It is not Raila or Raila’s henchmen who defended a one Ann Waiguru until the heat was turned up on her and they bolted and ate their own words. It was your and yours’ truly.
After the drama of the doomed list, it was not Raila who appeared in a Statehouse summit with his tail between his legs, trading accusations with his juniors asking them, “Sasa mnataka nifanye nini jameeni…”. It was your’s truly.
It is not Raila who cannot show a single project that the Eurobond billions build. It is yours truly.
But Raila took advantage of three things: – the President’s distraction with the “small personal problem” turned global, the president’s failed initiative with a doomed list and the President’s inability to regain control of a run-away regime, to cleanse himself and occupy the space of the crusader against corruption that the President had tried to assign himself with total failure.
Raila has succeeded in making Uhuru look bad by using Uhuru’s own story.
He has succeeded in making himself look good despite his own story of chaos, hooliganism and lack of anything new to offer as an alternative to Jubilee.
Let us even grant Uhuru his hopeless mchongoano-like argument that Raila is actually bad for the economy. The simple fact remains that Raila is not and has not been President. He has no obligation to be “good for the economy” except that of his wife and children. He is not in government. The government not only has the obligation and the instruments to grow the economy, it also has the power to stop Raila if he was sabotaging its economic agenda.
Raila is not responsible for a slumping economy that is currently losing jobs by the thousands. Uhuru and Jubilee are. Simple example: In justifying the billions they have borrowed to invest in the power sector, I remember Jubilee telling us that this would bring down the cost of power, lower the cost of doing business, lower the cost of goods and ultimately lower the cost of living for Kenyans.
It did not work exactly as they told us. They have produced a disaster. In fact, the exact opposite:
They have borrowed and spent the billions yes, but: the cost of doing business has gone up, big industries and SME’s are shutting down or laying off workers by the thousands and alas, the cost of living has gone up, is going up and is set to continue going up, unstopped and unstoppable!
How, Mr. President I pray thee tell, is this Raila’s problem?
With all these things put into consideration, the question is: Who is worse for the economy; A hapless, septuagenarian, ageing, desperate and ideologically empty Raila, who is out of power, who steals his own elections using men-in-black and runs around shouting thief thief, or; the lying, corrupt, tribal, clueless and visionless Uhuru’s kusema-na-kutender Jubilee circus that is currently in power, which promised heaven and delivered misery to the people of Kenya? The answer is obvious. And Uhuru should know, had the Jubilee government delivered, Raila would be history.