“One way of life is based upon the will of the majority, and is distinguished by free institutions, representative government, free elections, guarantees of individual liberty, freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from political oppression.
The second way of life is based upon the will of a minority forcibly imposed upon the majority. It relies upon terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio; fixed elections, and the suppression of personal freedoms.” Harry S. Truman.
Some scenes are rarely forgotten due to what they symbolize. A good example would be what is reflected at the end of contest – either sports or political. For a sportsperson, a win puts one among the mythical Greek gods, while a loss brings about a feeling of inadequacy. The sad thing with politics is that in most contests, the person who bags the number two slot is deemed henceforth irrelevant, a footnote in a book while the winner takes the honour of gracing the book and having the title of the book for him/herself. In 2002, Moi’s firm grip at State House Nairobi had to let go so that Mwai Kibaki would occupy the pinnacle of Kenya’s political structure. The image of Dr. Sally Kosgei the then Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the cabinet braking down and sobbing uncontrollably as Moi boarded the military chopper that took him to Kabarak will remain etched in our national memory. At that moment, the stark reality had sunk in; that she would have to sit back and watch others lead the nation which she had had at her beck and call.
Al Gore, John Kerry, John McCain and lately Mitt Romney have suffered the fate of being number two in a political contest. In 1992, Kenneth Matiba thought that he had State House for his occupying only for fate to pull a fast one on him, in 2007; all indications were that Raila Odinga would be Mwai Kibaki’s successor at State House Nairobi only for some dark forces to snatch the victory through a razor-thin margin as per Kivuitu from him. But what sets Raila apart from the rest of the above-mentioned men is that he never gave up; he gallantly rose up and dusted to fight another day –or year- squaring it out with Uhuru Kenyatta in the just concluded General Elections. Most pundits opined that this was Raila’s race to lose considering that his key opponent Uhuru was bogged down by the ICC scandal and the threats of sanctions from some nations to rethink their relationships with Kenya in the event Uhuru won. This confidence minus clear focus and real determination may be said to have been a factor to his coming a shock second to the Uhuru-Ruto alliance.
I had decided not to vote for any person who joined the Coalition government but through advice and campaigning by my friends, I decided to deny Mwalimu Mohammed Abduda Dida the chance to govern Kenya but gave to a different farasi. Although I have already congratulated Kenyans for a peaceful and credible election and wished team Uhuruto success, I am not afraid of saying that I will demand educational and economic opportunities and services from Uhuruto government despite the fact that I didn’t vote for them. For me, it was a win-win situation, whether Raila or Uhuru, I expected them to deliver on their promises and manifestos. But the most surprising and depressing thing has been bearing with the rants and name calling from my friends about why “my people” are so unredeemably stupid to an extent of having denied Jakom the numbers to enable him get a pass to state house. Why my people had to be the ones to decide the winner, I do not know. Let it be known, from the manner I have grown up, It will be impossible for me to sieve out “my people” from the Kikuyu’s, Kalenjins, Luos, Luhyas, Mijikendas, Somalis, and numerous others who have had a hand in bringing me up and making me who I am today. I grew up in such a manner that I would not have gotten anywhere had it not been for the input of those who are now being called “hao” (them).
The election put the hate wheels in motion. Why a friend would be angry that Jakom was not the one handed the presidential certificate by Issack Hassan defies logic. There is no empirical proof that those people who will gain more from the Uhuruto government will not be Kalenjins or Kikuyus, but those who are near the inner sanctum of power the Onyango Oloo’s, the Nancy Gitau’s, the Johson Sakaja’s, the Alfred Getonga’s, the George Muhoho’s , the Njee Muturi’s, the Jomo Gecaga’s, the Dennis Itumbi’s, the Isaac Maiyo’s and not some Rono’s or Kamau’s. We must separate real power from perceived power. So the anger bein felt by my friends in Kibera, Riruta, Kawangware, Kapsoya, Kondele and other places is misplaced. We must make it plain and clear that Uhuru and Ruto do not exist to help their tribes – if they do, it will just happen that they are their buddies who happen to be from their tribes – not some nondescript tribesmen whose only affiliation with them is the common tribe. If you want to know that tribal omenas mean nothing to the elites, just look at how seamless James Orengo the lofty guerilla fighter is working hand in glove with the custodian of the devil’s keys Mutula Kilonzo. Reason; they have common interests. When you see them surrounding Raila, it is not because they want to help him uplift the Kenyan people, they are raking in fortunes and defending their forte and ill-gotten wealth.
Therefore, dear fellow Kenyans, we are currently in a storm aboard a very rickety economic boat, it will need our resourcefulness to bring this boat out of this perilous tide. When fingers are disjointed, their impact is rarely felt, but when you bring them together, they become a force. Let our diversity be the source for our unity and not discord. Raila Odinga yesterday visited Kibera in the company of Coalition for Reform and Democracy’s (CORD) fire-breathing bigwigs like Budalangi MP-elect Ababu Namwamba, and Senators-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Johnstone Muthama (Machakos).and exuding confidence told those in attendance that he would emerge victorious when the court renders its verdict on their petition against Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) pegged on Article 140 of our constitution. Irrespective of what the Supreme Court of Kenya will rule in respect of the presidential election contest, let us also take care of our affairs as people who share common everyday struggles and challenges and live on hope instead of expending our energies bringing down Luos, Kikuyus, Kalenjins, Kisiis or any other people because they didn’t vote for our candidate or for us. In the long run, if this stupidity prevails, we will only have ourselves to blame if we find that we are unable to pay our bills as a result of the time wasted on ranting and hating.