Which way Uhuru Kenyatta succession? Hitherto fiercest rivals, detractors and enemies of President Uhuru are presently mischievously promoting or condoning the false narrative that he can be in office after 2022. None of them wants to speak truth to power. In my view, they are being clever to a fault.
Through their allies, they are cunningly giving Uhuru false comforts that “he will go nowhere”, or that he will donate “deep state” to them. Also, his deputy won’t make the mistake of being seen to wish his boss a scheduled exit. All of them believe they will inherit the state machinery, the so-called instruments of deep state to ascend to power on his imminent retirement.
In 1976, Attorney General Njonjo criminalized any dream, contemplation, imagination or planning of Mzee Kenyatta succession. Because of the capture of state instruments then, the real rivals to VP Moi were unfortunately grouped in a rather tribal camp.
Yet their cacophonous fears were loudly vindicated in the era of errors that visited economic decay and institutional collapses in the 24yr Moi kleptocracy. Of course the man from Sacho had his highs, deservedly so. But to be fair to history, he started well 1978 but by 1983, his reign was just ruinous, painful. He deteriorated state governance.
His Nyayos became elephant trampings (to paraphrase Ford’s Bamariz). The stories of Tom Mboya and JM Kariuki were replicates in Robert Ouko and Alexander Muge, and more.
Anyway, Moi had beautiful attributes which were easily overwhelmed by his phobia for (in Kipruto Kirwa’s words) the majority. If strong and conscious leaders stood out boldly earlier than after the infamous 1988 mlolongo voting, Moi wouldn’t have become the notorious president he became.
But for their individual interests, they all hoped their peers or presumed competitors would fall by the wayside for them to win favour and flavour with Arap Toroitich. If more mainstream conscientious leaders acted ahead, 1990/91 would have come earlier.
And maybe Moi would have been moderated, stayed a better course. To ‘fuata nyayo’, good souls became complicit in the era of misfortunes. Indeed, a veep would claim poisoning on self but still not hang the boots. As of a hyena, the hand would fall one day soon! Ultimately, the urafiki didn’t work. Tears galore.
I was present in 2003 when “Njamba” Agwambo was humuliated at our backyard’s historic Ruring’u stadium by two then arrogantly powerful new rainbow Ministers. One of them was the MC. One sadly, didn’t finish his term.
The other one left in ridiculous, infame and ignomy never to return. The bad manners of new power brokers who ignored sober voices of Prof Wangari Maathai and VP Kijana Wamalwa caused the regrettable split, precipitating ugly fallouts into 2005 referendum that was the last supper menu of bitter oranges and rotten bananas.
Almost all those who spoiled the narc party are in doldrums, stalked by their weird shadows. Gone. Forgotten. The only nostalgia they carry is the loot which we doubt they’re enjoying in any peace.
We have said before. We won’t tire to say it again. UhuRuto was a poisoned chalice, but a necessity in the face of neocolonial conspiracies. An unholy alliance though inevitable. The alternative, the UhuRao bridge that some of us so passionately urged and so untirelessly promoted has collapsed (or had it?) precisely because merchants of impunity and looting simply exchanged buttons. The relay has continued. The Uhuru Kenyatta succession needs to be handled better.
So, my friend-cum-hero Tinga instead of gaining traction amongst a restless Jubilee “concert” is deemed just as that: scavenger. The presumed villain has become the victim. So, the support of the Kipchichir is spreading like an insurgent, an infantry. Amidst, other wannabes are on the hedge awaiting to scramble for the political carcass, consequent to UhuRuto attritions and UhuRao inertia. Luckily, it won’t be easy to reach the granary.
In my view from a small hill straddling smaller ridges on the border of three mountainous counties of Kirinyaga, Gaki/Rware and Metumi, anyone caressing Uhuru that he’ll be in charge or part of the edifice post-2022 is simply offering aroma for ego massage, to ingratiate and endear.
Singapore’s CEO Lee Hsien Loong is son of founder legendary leader Lee Kuan Yu. Malaysia, South Korea and Singapore are widely features as Kenya’s agemates at the time of our independence in 1963.
To be fair, and notwithstanding other independent assessments on his regime, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta left a fairly economically prospering young nation. His successor Daniel Moi took us extreme “Southern”. But don’t mistake me, Jomo had his big failures and so did Moi have his tangible successes.
Mwai Kibaki was a midwife. Amiable, politically tolerant, resilient, urbane demeanor and, more importantly of clear economic vision. He remains admired for his rescuing this great country. He crafted Vision 2030 and had National Economic and Social Council that drew eminent from within and far, – Britain, Japan and Singapore included.
Many may easily disagree, but Kibaki’s miss was his failure to effectively unite a fractious country vide pre-election MoU with LDP and, to end endemic corruption. Do we blame the mafia? Perhaps partially. But let’s give Mzee MK his due: he exemplified modesty and decency in power. We think only 2007 electoral confusion blotted an otherwise impeccable career replete with sterling intellectual credentials.
Despite his towering figure and sacrifices, Mwai Kibaki has no single public feature named after him. Not that offers have not been made – including Nairobi-Thika super highway and Othaya hospital.
The sage from Othaya seems to like it another way. That is the hallmark of his gentlemanly mien. More importantly, he is enjoying his retirement and peace, without any fear or worry that anyone will go knocking on the doors of his family for ills or something else against public interest when he reigned. We not saying that he is perfect. Far from it.
Rather our point is that those beckoning or grooming or entrapping President Uhuru KENYATTA succession to consider being in the ring again, in the votes run, in the power rumbles post-2022 aren’t doing any justice to him. They are enemies of Kenya. They are emasculators or the rule of law, rapists of justice and killers of our nascent democracy. They want to annihilate constitutionalism.
For we who have been privileged to play a core role in Uhuru administration, we ask him to reject and dismiss these infertile calls. Precisely because they’re trying to bestow him contempt and disdain. Exactly because such suggestions are nondescript and stale.
The onus is for our President and party leader (oh, we forget that our leaking rickety JP capsized!) to register and cement his image, reputation and legacy by mercilessly fighting runaway, endemic corruption and impunity.
If we were son or Jomo today, we would dismiss the gluttonous mandarins and mercilessly crack the whip on filthy stinking cabinet. We would then call for truce, form a transition government of national unity into 2022. And then, proudly, exit the stage after ensuring electoral justice. Of course Uhuru may still be set to do this, or much more. Isn’t it good to still have hope, that there may be light at the end of the tunnel?
The president must be very very careful about those in his corner right now. And he should even be more careful of the “support” he is receiving from sycophants of his erstwhile political nemesis. Aren’t they sadistically leading him the garden path? What irony! What paradox!
Those who speak how we have here won’t be friends to those who are ravenously extracting public coffers. Looting just turned sadism. It is normal: greed and sycophancy are blind twins. On the other hand, those spewing these unsolicited public “advisories” may be plunging into folly….enemies.
All said and done, Mr. President is extremely presently in unenviable space. In under 23 months, he is obligated to achieve, secure and spur greatness. Running late, but it is still practically possible for President to imbue inspiration, revive the economy and fortify the country. It is upto him; it is a privilege of duty, a pride legacy.
For us, we choose to still support our President’s, as of inherent patriotic duty. But first, let us say it as is, political scavengers and risks of being misunderstood, or harmed by desperandos notwithstanding.
Good Lord bless us, guide us, protect us.
By Kabando wa Kabando