I have consistently maintained, to the chagrin of opposition supporters and deluded contentment of Jubilee supporters that there is no difference between CORD and Jubilee. Early this year the two “wala nyama” Moi-political-orphans in Jubilee folded their tribal garbage called TNA and URP and formed a bigger tribal garbage-heap called Jubilee. Outsmarted and outwitted the “wameza mate” Moi-political-orphans in the opposition dismissed the move. They said it was tribal, which it is, they said it was empty, which it is and they said it was non-consequential which they feared it was not. Not to be out done, the “wameza mate” have now proposed an equally tribal and empty contraption of their own called NASA. Like Jubilee, they claim it is new which it is not, like Jubilee they claim it is national, which it is not, and like Jubilee they claim its aim is to Unite Kenyans, which it won’t. I have told you before that the best way to know that the Kenyan political class are incorrigible degenerates mired in the politics of ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi, is to just listen to them describe each other. You will notice that the descriptions are so identical that they are ideally describing the same thing. To borrow the words of a former British politician, CORD and Jubilee are two cheeks of the same arse.
On June 26 2016, I wrote that the Jubilee merger is tribal gymnastics and their claim that they are uniting the nation absolutely nonsensical and even an insult to the intelligence of Kenyans. See http://profmichaelwainaina.com/jubilee-merger-is-tribal-gymnastics-if-they-are-serious-about-the-tired-unity-song-dare-they-merge-with-cord.html. I further said that if they are serious about uniting the nation they should merge with CORD. It does seem that CORD’s answer to the Jubilee merger is NASA. Predictably there is nothing new, nothing national and nothing super about the proposed coalition. It has taken the empty, tribal and jingoistic character of the Jubilee merger.
What’s new about it? Nothing.
It is the same people, doing the same things they have done in the past, for no reason apart from the old desire to grab power by any means necessary. They cannot even get an original name. Their penchant for collecting and parroting foreign crap like Pentagon, ANC and NASA is in full display again. With such intellectual emptiness, it would be too naive to expect that these guys even have the capacity to come up with new ideas.
What is national about it? Nothing
In its present formation, NASA is nothing but a homecoming for Musalia Mudavadi back into the ODM fold. It is the perfect prodigal son story. Like I said in an earlier article, Mudavadi seems to be the Moi-political-orphan who has found it most difficult to redefine himself politically post-Moi. http://profmichaelwainaina.com/yes-mr-mudavadi-tribal-kingpins-jubilee-clueless-moi-men-prince-without-kingdom.html.
Without Moi’s patronage and protection, he has been in the political wilderness trying to find out who he is. I suspect, without Moi, not much. To his credit, he had decided to take the search for himself a notch higher and in the run-up to the 2013 presidential elections, he had asked Raila, his adopted political baba, to give him back his tribal shares in ODM for him to try his hand in the presidency – “give unto me the portion of goods (please read tribal votes) that belong to me”. He went and squandered his tribal share in the tribal political brothel with his younger KANU siblings in Jubilee. However, without Moi his political father and without Raila his adopted political baba, he failed, miserably. His attempt was not even a bleep in the Kenyan political radar. And now he needs to be back in the hands of Raila, and he has offered a nebulous contraption with a recycled acronym to be accepted back. If his offer of NASA was rejected by his adopted political baba, it would be a still birth. To his elation, his adopted political baba seems keen to accept his half recycled idea. Not because he likes Mudavadi, but because he himself had run out of ideas about the floundering CORD coalition that was going nowhere.
But there is a problem.
In his absence, Raila had adopted other rejected and dejected Moi-political orphans in his never ending desperate “life and death” search for a tribal formula that will hopefully propel him to statehouse. You will remember that the biggest problem for the prodigal son in the bible was the brother who never left. And like the real prodigal son, Mudavadi has to contend with the new adoptees of Raila. They are asking uncomfortable questions: Where did you go? Where have you been? What do you want? What have you brought? What is your tribal following worth? Why do you want to reap where you did not sow? Why is Raila welcoming you back and we have been here, the faithful ones, tagging on his pants since 2013, hoping to be told “tosha”’?
And so starts and ends the story of NASA. Calling it a national outfit is to stretch the imagination. I do not see what is national about having Mudavadi back in ODM. Of greater significance though, is that if his adopted political baba does not see a path to statehouse through this newest tribal contraption proposed by his returning prodigal son, NASA will be dead on arrival.
What is super about it? For this one, my answer is hehehehehehehehehehe!!!
The alliance is formed by men who not only have no new ideas, but men who have absolutely no regard for each other. In an earlier article, Mudavadi had actually described the political class in CORD and Jubilee as “political gangsters”. He says:
Since the introduction of multiparty politics, Kenya has been on an experimentation mode, stuck on a political highway between the promise of democracy and threatening return to the devious past. The country is being held hostage by political gangsters… http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000211496/mudavadi-trust-me-to-do-what-jubilee-has-not-done
The political players since the introduction of multiparty politics are the same political class in Jubilee and CORD. The NASA coalition he is proposing is in his own words a coalition of “political gangsters”. He goes on to say:
Kenyans I meet ask me: Mudavadi, we like you, but what do you stand for? And before I answer they do it themselves by cautioning me not to replicate CORD and Jubilee mockery. http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000211496/mudavadi-trust-me-to-do-what-jubilee-has-not-done
Is this guy listening to himself?
He and the Kenyans he meets know that CORD and Jubilee are a mockery and now he is joining one of them to salvage his dying political career! Does it not bother him that he has been in politics since his twenties and rose to become VP and Kenyans still ask him, “What do you stand for?”. How can people ask you “What do you stand for” after almost four decades in politics? Trump has been in politics for less than 2 years and the whole world knows what he stands for. If Mudavadi is looking for a mockery on politics he should just look in the mirror! Sadly, the same question can be asked of his co-conspirators usually called co-principals in the proposed contraption called NASA.
The other so called principals in the proposed “super” alliance are known to have enough contempt for each other. Raila has called Kalonzo watermelon and Judas Iscariot. Kalonzo found Raila an irritant during the nusu-mkate blood-soaked coalition government and called him deceitful, insincere and hypocritical. The presence of Khalwale also raises questions about the respect of the men claiming to come together in a super alliance. Khalwale popularized the most demeaning song against Raila in the run-up to the last elections. He would sing in political rallies:
Niliuliza Bwana Raila, aazi yake ya miaka tano, ilikuwa aibu sana. Mbele yake nusu mkeka, mkononi mkate nusu, mndomoni vitendawili, ilikuwa aibu sana.
Like I have told you, if you want to know who you are dealing with, just listen to these guys describe each other.
That Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavadi, Wetangula and Khalwale can share a podium and claim to be forming a national super alliance can only be described in Mudavadi’s words as “political gangsterism”.
But the biggest thuggery of them all is the ridiculous proposal that we need to change the Constitution to create executive positions of PM, 2 DPMs, 2 VPs in order to accommodate all the political gangsters that are touting for the nebulous NASA coalition. Again, this is a typical Jubilee move and a typical contempt for Constitutionalism by the political gangsters. Remember that in order to merge their tribal contraptions, Jubilee changed the law. Not to be outdone, the opposition proposes to change the actual Constitution of Kenya to accommodate tribal kingpins and their political egos in NASA. This has been the story of the political gangsters since independence. No sooner had we gotten a new Constitution in 1963, than they started mutilating it to accommodate their political gangsterism. They mutilated it so much that we needed to replace the document in its entirety. We now have a new constitution and the gangsters are at it again, mutilating the Constitution to legitimize their gangsterism.
The proposal to mutilate the Constitution is particularly disturbing in the light of what Mr. Mudavadi himself has to say about the relationship between the political class and the implementation of the Constitution. He says:
There are three threats in the implementation of the constitution; those who seek to retain the status quo, reverse the gains or manipulate the implementation. The culprits are spread across CORD and Jubilee.
CORD and ANC have been shouting that Jubilee does not respect the Constitution and are mutilating it. For them to rise to power, they are promising to mutilate the Constitution to ensure all political gangsters get a place in another tribal and most likely thieving government. They all learnt well in KANU, that political gangsterism trumps any and all considerations. The political fortunes of the political gangsters reign supreme. And if the Constitution stands in the way, heck, change it!
After the Jubilee merger, the political gangsters in the opposition felt upstaged. A prodigal son comes back to his adopted political father proposing a tribal contraption with a recycled acronym, NASA. It seeks to bring together tribal kingpin adversaries who have absolutely no regard for each other, no regard to the new Constitution and nothing new to offer Kenyans. They have no and have never had any ideology that differs from the tribal, clueless thieving incumbents. Theirs is a fellowship of jilted gangsters plotting to get power through the same means that their younger Moi-political orphans did, ethnicity, impunity and mediocrity, siasa ya ukabila, ukora na upuzi. So, I pray thee tell, besides the usual and predictable political gangsterism of the Moi-political-orphans, what is new, national or super about NASA?