The efforts by the Jubilee tribal kingpins to give their tribal duopoly a modicum of respectability is unrelenting. If their tribal duoply ultimately proves unsanitizable, it will not be due to lack of trying. They have tried everything to create a political outfit that is less stinky and could pass with a semblance of a modern political party. So far, nothing much is working except collecting hundreds of millions in nomination fees. Trust them to get it right on this one. Everything else that has a claim to order and integrity have eluded them, and will continue to do so until the contraption finally collapses when the insidious political ends for which it was formed are achieved.
It started by a doomed merger of the tribal briefcases called TNA and URP and some other nondescript parties that could not withstand the financial might of the duopoly. They were informed, “sisi ni serikali buana”. Read http://profmichaelwainaina.com/9k-can-jubilee-party-hero-can-manufacture-history-remind-sisi-ni-serikali-buana.html. The merger was pitched as the greatest political event since the release of Nelson Mandela. Yes, do not underestimate the delusional capacity of these fellows.
That didn’t work.
They have since admitted that it didn’t. Read http://profmichaelwainaina.com/buyers-remorse-mr-kiraitu-tnaurp-tribal-kingpins-made-jubilee-bed-must-now-lie.html . Where they envisaged one political monolith with the two Jubilee tribal kingpins at the top, it is turning out to be a crowded field, with Jubilee Party having to share the bed with recalcitrant but “friendly parties; PNU, Narc-Kenya, Maendeleo Chap Chap, KANU and counting. We have since been informed that they are buying 3 new parties and yes you heard me right, I said BUYING! These are POA, to be rebranded Party of Development (PD) associated with JP Head of Secretariat Raphael Tuju, Frontier Alliance Party FAP) for the pastoralist areas and Patriotic Party of Kenya PPK based at the Coast. It is turning out to be a pretty crowded bed! If JP was a single national Party that united all Kenyans, you wonder where other Kenyans are coming from with parties for sale!
When the merger failed, I suspect a shrewd businessman who makes “smart cards” came up with the brilliant idea of manufacturing some and selling them to Jubilee. Desperate for half an idea that would bring them respectability, they jumped onto the proposal and again, started hailing it as a “first”, the most brilliant thing to be invented since sliced bread. It was not only going to make the jubilee contraption truly digital (do you remember the digital promise), it was going to be the solution to all their nomination problems. It was the silver bullet that will solve all the nomination problems that Jubilee knew they would face.
But my people say rῦruka rwa kῖῖmbu rῦtithiragwo nῖ mῦng’ῦng’ῦtῦ – the chameleon’s lineage will always have a rough spine. I have consistently argued that the Jubilee house is build on impunity, was founded for impunity, consummated in impunity and its biggest success had been impunity. This nature exhibited by Jubilee since its foundation has come back to haunt it even in its “greatest of electoral inventions”. It turns out that moneyed thugs and cartels have bought out the so called smart-cards with the intention of rigging the nominations. As a result, the “brilliant idea”, the “first in Africa and beyond”, the “mark of Jubilees modernity and sophistication” has been suspended. All the pomp and chest-thumping about smart-cards and being digital has turned out to be hot air, much like everything else Jubilee promised. I have always warned that corruption, thuggery and impunity, breeds corruption, thuggery and impunity. The chameleon’s lineage cannot change itself. It turns out that not even “smart-cards” can save Jubilee, the cartels’ playground, where being thuggish passes as being “smart”. Who’s smarter now?