If you are surprised by the nonsense that was Jubilee nominations please raise up your hand! Then you belong the same category as one of my good readers called Gatiba Kamau. You either have not read my consistent articles on Jubilee and who they are, or you have and dismissed me as a NASA mole or some other of the many insults that I have received ever since I penned my first article calling out Jubilee for the Kakistocrasy I have always known them to be. Luckily, Gatiba is a sincere late convert as you can see from the exchange I had with him when I wrote, http://profmichaelwainaina.com/not-even-smart-cards-can-save-jubilee-cartels-playground-thuggish-passes-smart.html.
Our initial exchange went like this:
“Gatiba Kamau We are going to prove you wrong come 21st April 2017 Jubilee party primaries. Shame on you prof.
Professor Michael Wainaina – PhD Shame on me for speaking the truth??
Gatiba Kamau We are a peaceful Jubilee party that abhors violence !. We love peace and meaningful development in our lives prof. Please,don’t be too hard on yourself !.be honest and bold when branding parties using strong adjectives to describe them…..even a nursery school kid knows which political party is violent in their party affairs in all matters .I.e be it party primaries or internal power struggles, violence must manifest itself come what may !.
Isaack Gari Prof has great analytical skills while you kamau u are a sycofant
John Busaka Today is April 21st 2017
Gatiba Kamau Hahaha……shambolic and a big shame to us Jubilee party followers. We trust other people so much to conduct our party affairs for us for so long,it is a high time we go it alone at the risk of being branded tribal chauvnistic minded people. We just exposed our government to an embarrassing fiasco in the name of party primaries come nominations……though it is logistical challenges not voters violence or interference with the election process.
When Gatiba Kamau finally got out of his shock, he wrote this to me:
“Gatiba Kamau You were right prof. Congratulation for your early prediction about the massive failure to be experinced within Jubilee party primaries. We were afraid to state the obvious ….nepotism has costed Jubilee party this much. People at the secretariat offices at pangani offices are employed not based on academic qualifications,but on family connections and sexual favours. I rest my case prof.”
There is joy for a blogger when one of his followers finally sees the light!!
I penned my first article on Jubilee on 23rd April 2106 as a rebuttal to a GEMA propagandist article they had published in the Saturday Nation of 16th April 2016. GEMA had published what I considered a distasteful statement in defense of Jubilee and the two tribal kingpins at its helm and I said as much in an article titled, ” Gema statement is deodorized tribal jingoism and a whitewash of Jubilee incompetence” Read is here http://profmichaelwainaina.com/gema-statement-is-deodorized-tribal-jingoism-and-a-whitewash-of-jubilee-incompetence.html. I said then that:
“There hasn’t been any meaningful dialogue towards partial “reconciliation and healing” much less a “total” one. This is one argument I have never understood. Can the jubilee mandarins and this Gema cheering squad explain to me this: How does the coming together of 2 tribal kingpins from Central and Rift Valley amount to “national cohesion and harmony” in a country of 42 tribes and several other tribal kingpins with whom the jubilee duo do not see eye to eye? How stupid does jubilee think Kenyans are? Making the issue of cohesion one of their top PR mantra shows that jubilee is aware that national cohesion and harmony is one of the greatest challenges facing Kenya today. Being mired in ethnic politics and devoid of any ideas beyond the tribe, jubilee offers tribalism as a cure for the tribalism. This is a marker of absolute intellectual emptiness on the part of jubilee. How can they claim they are uniting the country when they cannot sit down with their equally tribal counterparts in CORD to agree on something as simple as prayers? Concerted effort indeed…to divide and destroy the country.”
I penned my second article about Jubilee on 26th June 2016. The merger had just been proposed and hyped and I wrote that “Jubilee merger is tribal gymnastics: If they are serious about the tired unity song, dare they merge with CORD. Read http://profmichaelwainaina.com/jubilee-merger-is-tribal-gymnastics-if-they-are-serious-about-the-tired-unity-song-dare-they-merge-with-cord.html . In this article, I was again very blunt about Jubilee cluelessness, incompetence and emptiness. Again I said:
“The proponents of the jubilee merger have been lecturing Kenyans about national unity. They claim that theirs is a “patriotic” move to “bring Kenyans together”. Politicians especially of Kenyan extraction can say anything. This is the newest “anything” in town which makes sense to no one except the jubilee mandarins and daydreamers. They are yet to explain to Kenyans how merging tribal entities like TNA and URP is supposed to bring about national unity and cohesion! It is akin to saying that if you have a small heap of garbage and you merge it with another small heap of garbage, you get a big heap of worthy garbage! But jubilee is so desperate to drop the tribal millstone hanging around its neck that they are willing to believe their own hype. This is a country deeply divided along a tribal fault courtesy of jubilee and CORD tribal chauvinism. We cannot talk about national unity provided this fault exists and it keeps getting bigger. If jubilee is serious about national unity and cohesion, dare they merge with CORD their tribal Siamese twin. Anything short of this is hogwash and tribal gymnastics”.
The backlash from Jubilee supporters was merciless.
I stuck with the truth.
When they gathered paid functionaries in Kasarani to effect the merger, again I wrote, “For 9K, you can be a Jubilee Party hero, they can manufacture history & remind you “…sisi ni serikali buana”, read it here http://profmichaelwainaina.com/9k-can-jubilee-party-hero-can-manufacture-history-remind-sisi-ni-serikali-buana.html.
My contention was that Jubilee was “manufacturing” history at Kasarani. It was dramatizing delusions of grandeur showing the extent to which they are “serikali.” I said, and this was probably the toughest of my critiques of Jubilee:
“Such is the might of “serikali”. It manufactures history. You will remember the DP warning ODM and CORD that they are government “na tume jipanga“. This is the malady of a regime that has forgotten that the people are the government and that they govern courtesy of the people. They are nostalgic about the KANU of their heydays that imagined that it could manufacture history. Jubilee is recreating the KANU madness and it will fall. It was trying to manufacture history in Kasarani, the same “kisirani” place where Moi tried to manufacture history with disastrous results to KANU.
The manufactured history follows an official line that Jubilee is changing the political landscape by uniting Kenyans. That it is creating a new culture of organizations with institutionalized democratic processes. That it has distinct ideological positions, and that the merger is an “earth shaking” political machine that will carry along all Kenyans into the land of prosperity. Crap! What anyone in jubilee is yet to explain to me is how merging two tribal political parties, TNA and URP, and buying out some nondescript briefcase parties is supposed to unite Kenyans.
When the real history is written, it will record that two tribal overlords, desirous of perpetuating themselves in power until 2032 collapsed their distinct tribal parties into one big tribal party, with ten or so other briefcase parties as flower girls. To further consolidate power, the governance machinery of the new tribal party was handpicked by the tribal overlords, with sensitivity to the ethnic power balance between the two dominant parties not to upset the tribal elite who had collapsed into one party. Fact!
Ultimately, the circus of the merger will unravel because of the real history. They will have to manufacture new history to tell us why it will have fallen apart. But fall it will. Not because I am a seer, but because history has taught us that nothing founded on manipulation of the people, corruption of money and a dearth of ideas can survive the test of time. I am sure you have continuously heard of the phrase, “History will judge them harshly…”. Nowhere is this truer than the fate that awaits the product of the Jubilee madness displayed in Nairobi over the three days.”
Again, the backlash was ruthless from Jubilee supporters.
I stuck with the truth.
That Jubilee Party is a delusion of tribal warlords from TNA and URP who imagined that they can manufacture history in Kasarani.
I sometimes wonder what kind of desperation would make people believe that such a hopeless and hapless contraption as Jubilee can pass for a political party. A political party is formed by the people, coalescing around an ideology, a vision or a program. The Jubilee government was never founded on any of these. It was founded by two fugitives from international justice who wanted to insulate themselves from questions surrounding their involvement in the 2007/08 PEV. These questions had coalesced into formal indictments for crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The ICC was their most urgent reason to seek power. Their scuttling of the Hague process was the first and only reason that they came together and when their short history is recorded, it must note that this is their most spectacular success.
Beyond it, these guys have been trying to look for relevance, legitimacy and a cohesive program that would give semblance to a government. They have been spectacular failures. Having none of these, their regime has turned into a looting frenzy unseen and un-imagined in previous governments. The Bible says, where there is no vision, the people perish. If you go to the dictionary to look for the word visionless, the Jubilee duo will be the poster picture! I have said before that they are the greatest tragedy to happen to the course of transformation in Kenya.
I am aware that most of the supporters of Jubilee agree with me but just find the alternative unacceptable. I agree with them. But by all standards, however reprehensible the alternative is, Jubilee is indefensible, and anyone who tries to defend it sounds ridiculous. There is nothing in the formation of Jubilee, their pre-election KANU hey-deys history and their track record so far that even has a hint of respectability and promise. They are the disaster they were meant to be from the very beginning and I have said so numerously.
Sure, they will repeat the botched nominations. I suspect that they will use all government machinery and resources available to them with abandon and impunity, their mantra and hallmark. In the next one week, you will know what the DP meant when he said, “sisi ni serikali buana…”.
Had Mr. Gatiba and the others listened to me, they would not be shocked and disappointed about the circus that was the Jubilee nominations. For me, the nominations showed them for who they are, clueless, delusional, manipulative and captives of all sorts of cartels and thieves. And if Gatiba is to be believed, peddlers of sexual favors! The nominations fiasco is not an isolated case. It is who they are. Those surprised by Jubilee’s recent nominations shocker either do not read my blog or dismissed me as the mad one!