It is one of those mornings when you wake feeling both high and low simultaneously. I feel high because those dark forces that we have been fighting are disappearing from the scene, the Anyang’ Nyongo’s of this world, happy because Justice Weldon Kirui as given The Kenya Revenue Authority the nod to go after any unpaid taxes which the outgoing parliamentarians were supposed to remit following the promulgation of the Constitution which decreed that they pay, and low because some are still in contention, the Clifford Waititu’s of this county. I would urge the people, the press and nature to give these dark forces the well-deserved and earned blackout they deserve, and give the limelight to the agents of change and transformation like Dr. Evans Kidero and Jimnah Mbaru. Anybody voting for any person who was a member of the last parliament is inviting darkness, daring fate, and not ready to embrace renewal and light. Those who have thrown in the towel, talk of Abdikadir Mohammed and Beth Wambui Mugo (my former member of parliament who has represented us for an unprecedented three consecutive terms since 1998, – each time on a different party – when she dislodged Chris Kariuki Kamuyu) have made the right choice, may they live the rest of their lives successfully and in good health. For the political hooligan and kisiki (stump) like Fred Gumo, good riddance!
Despite the fact that the nomination exercise was rife with anomalies from corrupt open incidents of voter bribery, rigging, violence and intimidation. Shambolic because of logistical inadequacies, shameful to ineptitude as a result of questionable direct nominations, the majority of the people who turned up showed an intention of kutupa jongoo na mti wake – a clean and clear break from the past. They turned up to show the world that we can reject warmongers, tribalists, thugs, drug barons, agents of the devil, fake degree holders and all manner of social deviants. In my constituency, Dagoretti South, the following polling centers maintained peace amidst the chaos and confusion that marred the exercise. Riruta Kivuli Primary School, Ndurarua Primary School, Kirigo Pirmary School, Mutuini Secondary School, Kabiria Primary, Dagoretti Corner Primary, Riruta Kinyanjui (Gichagi) Primary, Mukarara Primary School, Chief’s Camp, City Prime Academy, Gipiba Primary School, . I thank the various aspirants from Dennis Kariuki Waweru, Gaciku Muhu, Samuel Njoroge, Josphat Karori, James Kiriba, John Mucuka, Felix Ochieng and others for their part in the keeping of the peace in conjunction with the law enforcement agencies.
We the people must not drop the ball at this juncture, the hard work now begins. Let us remain united during this campaign period and treat our neighbours as we wish them to treat us. A few days ago, I attended an election meeting Uchaguzi – organized by Ushahidi at iHub where the attendees were diverse, reflecting the face of the world, not just Kenya. There was genuine camaraderie between the people irrespective of their background, economically, tribal or otherwise. The agenda which brought us together was to seek ways of contributing to a peaceful electioneering and elections in Kenya. I just hope that the rest of the country will in common bond remain united. Let us maintain genuine love and faith in our neighbours wherever we are, do not raise your hand against anybody based on his tribe.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s TheNational Alliance gets a special mention here; it scored a dismal grade E for allowing an aspirant Clifford Ferdinand Waititu take charge of management and logistical operations and distribution of voting materials in a contest he is competing. The people are crying foul, TNA should know that they are being watched by even those who are not their supporters, TNA will have itself to blame should Waititu clinch the ticket at the expense of Jimnah Mbaru or any other capable Nairobian.