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FAINT NOT “LONE RANGERS” FAINT NOT

The past one week or so we have all witnessed a dynamic political shift from the old political process we all grew up knowing to a new one constituting of political coalitions. We were used to a political party nominating a presidential candidate who then goes ahead and compete with other candidates to clinch the presidency. That is what has been happening not only here in Kenya but around the world. The process might have been democratic but most of the time it wasn’t but still that was the rule of the political game and we loved it. But this new shift didn’t get me by surprise as we Kenyans do have a talent of inventing new things even if these new ideologies and practices are meant to ruin us. History will remember us as being among the first African countries to form a government based on coalition agreement, and truth be told we have indeed paid a big price for it.

The price we the low class citizens have paid and still paying is seen through delay in implementing crucial government policies, constituting and forming crucial commission bodies, fighting corruption and impunity, ensuring a fundamental right which is freedom and security of the people and right to life is protected and provided. The list is endless and all these fundamental issues couldn’t be achieved because one side of the coalition couldn’t agree with the other side. We became a country at ransom by the same leaders whom we voted for. To them a virtue was a vice and a vice a virtue. Shockingly we imported the same system of government to our colonial masters and whispered to some of the “dictatorial African leaders” a new way of staying in power even after the electorates voted them out of office.

Fellow Kenyans do we still want to go through the same mistake of having another coalition government? Today we have the Cord coalition which is mainly ODM, Wiper party and other small parties here and their, Jubilee coalition constituting of URP, TNA, UDM and others, and lastly the Pambazuko Coalition. These same leaders constituted the same coalition government that we are still been governed with. We need to think hard, we need to think first and we need to think soberly in a moral sense in view that this great nation might be in a political crisis. These leaders are telling us that through these well crafted coalitions their sole mandate is only based to ensure a peaceful country?? Wrong. Peace is not achieved solely through late night board room meetings and under the table deals but through prayers and fellow citizens embracing each other difference and learns to tolerate one another.

They are telling us that they are baking a cake which if elected whichever the lucky coalition get into power we will all benefit. Fellow country men the cake has already been baked and eaten by these same leaders through the process of cutting deals to form the coalitions that we are currently witnessing and all that is left are just crumbs which you and I will learn to share after March 4th 2013 general election. This same cake was baked in a hurry and all they wanted to see was just the brown coloring and its formation but inside the cake is very raw. As we all Know the “devil” is always in the detail and none of these coalition agreements have been disclosed for us the electorate to read and know what our share is. Opinion pollsters are already releasing polls on which coalition may carry the day and those brave leaders who have refused to join any alliances/coalition are no longer regarded as news makers or reformers.

Faint not the lone rangers faint not because you have demonstrated moral steadfastness and courage, you may not clinch the presidency, or get attention from the media or the masses or have the numbers in both the senate and National assembly but remember God never used the masses, He used simple lone rangers like Moses to deliver his people from the bondage of slavery, He used Noah to save humanity and hopefully He may still use the likes of Martha Karua’s and Ole-Kiyapi’s to preserve the  dignity, moral uprightness, ethical leadership and courage and hopefully one day history will reward you for these noble sacrifice.

Lastly to all noble men and women who love this country and wish to protect and preserve its destiny, dignity and speak out for their desired principles in leadership get your selves registered as voters and help claim back our cake that has been eaten.

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DENNIS MWANIKI

A POLITICAL SCIENTIST

 

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ADVISORY NOTE TO HON. KALONZO MUSYOKA.

Your Excellency Mr. vice president it’s with great privilege to address you not as a brother from Tseikuru but as concerned Kenya who has watched your politics with so much keenness. You are a man whose life history and achievement is impressive. At the age of 32years you were elected as a member of parliament of Kitui north and later on continued to be reelected as the M.P of Mwingi North Constituency after Kitui north constituency was split into new constituencies. You had the great opportunity to attend the Moi School of politics and graduated with distinction as a trusted student and loyal lieutenant of the former president.

Like any other student you embraced the spirit of rebelliousness after one of your classmate Uhuru Kenyatta was picked to become the presidential nominee for KANU during 2002 elections. You ended up joining forces with your classmates with the inclusion of some alumni’s (current president) and ended up forming the government. Things at that point were super. Your political calculations were correct and to many Kenyans you were perceived as the man to watch and probably our future leader. To the Christian community you were the true definition of a Godly servant, pure and without political blemish. You carried yourself with so much gusto and demeanor until the 2005 referendum where you rebelled against your boss by rejecting the Proposed Constitution and hence you fell short of your political glory and got yourself fired.

For the first time you were able to get the experience of been in opposition and made a big mistake of letting Raila to be your mentor. This man has spent his entire political life being in opposition and only he alone knows the tricks of surviving in opposition and then getting back to government then back to opposition. I mean the “guy” political life has been “in and out” of government and whichever side he is in, he totally benefits and thus becoming the master of this kind of political game.
Come 2007 general elections you were still on the right track despite going against the political wave. You were the only presidential candidate who publicly declared his wealth even when neither the Kenyan community nor the political mood of the electorate was ready for such truth. It didn’t make any political impact but still you were on the right political “radar”. But the greatest mistake you ever made was to become the Vice President. We all know the circumstances that led you to take that position but that was a rope given to commit political suicide. As they say Power corrupts, truly sir without fear or favor you let power corrupt you.

You became a leader who couldn’t distinguish between rights or wrong, you couldn’t make any decisive decision, and at the time when a leader needs to stand and lead his people you were never up to that task and that is why TNA/URP gave you a raw deal. You let your followers lead you, and that’s why your lieutenants the like of Hon. Muthama can stand and declare without your approval or consent that you are going to form a coalition with a political party and soon there after you run to the press or public gatherings and deny those claims and after a day you are signing a coalition deal with the same party. Sir leadership doesn’t need a title and as Sun Tzu once said, “For a leader to succeed its better to be feared than loved”. Any wise general always knows when to retreat and when to advance and in this political climate whichever coalitions you consent to, you will be in the second or third place but what you and hope to get for now it’s impossible because of your indecisive nature of wanting to please everyone.

Retreat now and go back to the mountains and start calculating your political moves again and hopefully come 2018 you will learn the art of making decisions and Kenyans will give you what you seek so much to achieve.

DENNIS MWANIKI
POLITICAL SCIENTIST.

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