An enemy of the people?

December 8, 2005 at 12:25 am 19 comments

Fellow Kenyans, whatever the circumstantial and historical conditions within which the man had to make his choices, he has literally drafted his own political epitaph. My President has also given a bad name to consultation. I didn’t think he would be so interested in validating Henry Ibsen’s thesis on what obtains when genuine public sensibilities clash with personal interests as was the case in the latter’s classic play An Enemy of the People. Raila or no Raila, the slugfest continues. I love this great country; I hope and pray we won’t get into weeping for it anytime soon. We all have a historic and strategic responsibility to shepherd it through these tempestous moments. Let’s not sleep on the job; let’s not blow it up as some already have in other countries. Let’s all stand up to be counted in our different, small and big ways at this hour and in the days to come. This is our finest hour.
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Dr. David Owuor and the East African quakes Kibaki amejifry mwenyewe!!!

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  • 1. trez_patriotic  |  December 8, 2005 at 2:25 am

    Kibaki is not the enemy within! He did the right thing by dropping the Orange team. Now at least if things go wrong, he won’t be able to blame them. Also, every honest person knows that bringing back Raila would have benefited only Raila. He would have got a chance to earn more money while bidding his time to 2007. The man has his own plan for 2007, so why should Kibaki accomodate him? Every leader has a right to decide who to work with and the people will judge him in 2007. Let Raila hit the road now and campaign until 2007.

    And Kenya WILL NOT DESCEND INTO CHAOS JUST BECAUSE OF A NEW CABINET! We have been through Moi, who, among other atrocities, told people to abstain from sex for 2 years as a cure for AIDS, expected poor people to pay for primary education, looted the treasury and co-operatives so that farmers were not paid for their hard work, contributed to the negative growth of the economy, opened the door to terrorists, and detained people without trial. KENYANS WILL SURVIVE; indeed, they will THRIVE. AND there will be life after Kibaki, Raila, Kalonzo and all the rest of them!

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  • 2. Rayolla  |  December 8, 2005 at 1:10 pm

    We are in Dire Need of Leadership

    My heart weeps for my Beloved Kenya; I had so much hope, so much dreams for this country. Rewind; 27/12/2002, God we were on the way to Nation-building I was proud to be a kenyan, tribe or race didn’t matter. Fast Forward; 23/11/2005, President Kibaki dissolves cabinet and promises to name a new one in a fortnight.

    While it became increasingly obvious partly by design and partly by default that the President was going to appoint largely a banana cabinet, to say am shocked is to grossly understate my state of being. But there is another thing happening to me am annoyed and as a progressive kenyan you need to be enraged. Let me expound:

    The facts;
    1. The cabinet is entirely the Old one ast it was except Orange 7 and Murugabe sorry Murungaru

    2. In less than 2hrs after unveiling his cabinet 10 of the appointees had resigned, 18hrs later almost half the cabinet have resigned

    3. The preceeding speech was very inspirational, the line up…

    Now lets sift the chaff from the wheat; the pertinet questions first,

    1. Did the President Need 2weeks to come up with this cabinet? No would be my answer.

    2. Did he need to consult widely or narrowly? No again

    3. Were the resignations necessary and was Kiunjuri right to decline?

    4. What is the way forward?

    Please allow me to analyze these matters.

    1. Kibaki is a COWARD of disproportionate magnitude. It took him two weeks, a whole two weeks to FIRE MURUNGARU. Murungaru because like I said it was largely expected that he would not appoint ODM luminaries in his new cabinet or to put it differently, he was expected to fire them and he did not need anyone to tell him that. So the fact that it took him two weeks to fire Murungaru is telling.

    2. The manner and nature of consultation exposed Kibaki as the fence-sitter we have always known him to be, INDECISIVE. Jeez H christ he has executive authority fire whoever you want to fire retain the ones you want and live with the consequences.

    However, times are different so on the very least if he was going to consult (and I would have chosen this option) wouldn’t he have consulted the right people. In the light of his new cabinet Kibaki need not have consulted anyone. he could have just fired and reshulfed there and then.

    3. The resignations are appropriate. Parties were not consulted. Kiunjuri was right to decline. Why? Politics is about numbers and he brought them, Kamanda, Shakombo didn’t and they have full Cabinet posts. and he has a problem with the old guard; they are still sitting pretty.

    And can someone tell me why in the whole wide world and consultations no one ever told Kibaki that it’s only Beth Mugo who delivered in Nairobi and probably that Gender bla bla should have been given to her.

    4. The way forward in my opinion is that we go for a fresh mandate from the electorate.

    I beleive leadership is lacking here. No one is taking initiative and Kibaki lacks it tenfold. You just look at the circus he briught into town; kalembe, mwenje, kamanda, karume, nyachae….

    Like him or hate hi, Moi was a leader and thats why I admire Raila Odinga. the reason is one word – LEADERS

    Kenya is lacking in leadership at the Executive. Even the most ardent Kibaki must have a problem with this lineup if they don’t then GOD Save Kenya..

    ELECTIONS we need leaders with a new mandate.

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  • 3. Rose & Remmy  |  December 8, 2005 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Rayolla

    Few things to point out, firstly the cabinet is split on partisan lines, then unfortunatly by tribal lines.

    Lets look at who kibaki had a chance to work with. He tried Kanu, they refused. That leaves Ford-K and LDP. LDP have outrightly denounced the presi which leaved Ford-K.

    As such this was one huge delima. He had to resort to the fringe politicians and mainly loyalists, which is what he has done.

    Out of these he needeed to come up with a broad based cabinet that might help out with the tribal factors in Kenya. His choice was again very limited. The entire luo nyanza would not dare ‘offend’ Raila by joining up with Kibaki. So that rules them all out.

    The next big tribe is the Kamba’s. At least here he had a chance to pull in a few mp’s. Something that he has done.

    Next the Kalenjins, he reached out to individuals and luckily got quite a few on his side. Am still not sure if the Meeting with Moi had anything to do with it.

    The Maasai’s and upper rift guys had to get a mention which he did. That leaves the coastarians. In we saw Shakombo et al. He has a good chance to win the Coast as the leading lights of ODM are only represented by Mr Balala. So the battle is to be won there.

    Having condidered all this i think the President has shown his hands and the cards are all on the table.

    Do we need a fresh mandate, Well, Sadly, i think Parliament will make sure of it. Parliament is largely anti-govt now. Am not sure about the numbers but i think its safe to assume more than 51% of the parliament are with the ODM dudes.

    There’s going to be a great need of political manouvering if Kibaki is to survive this.

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  • 4. Emily  |  December 8, 2005 at 2:56 pm

    Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. I think Kibaki threw all caution to the wind when he came up with his list of ministers. Faced with a between a rock and a hard place, the poor man had nowhere else to turn and now it seems that the die for 2007 has been cast.

    I personally feel he should have taken seriously calls for dialogue from the ODM and other quarters, before naming his loyalists.

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  • 5. Jesse  |  December 8, 2005 at 3:49 pm

    Trez, I wish I could be as sincerely optimistic regarding Hon. Kibaki’s politics as you are; I’m afraid I can barely muster some courage for that. My President has a penchant for self-destruction. Like King Lear, he won’t know what hit him (politically speaking). Watch that space.

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  • 6. Jkajwang  |  December 8, 2005 at 3:50 pm

    At least Kibaki tolerates the freedom of speech. No torturing in Nyayo house of his critics. No detaining of his opposers. Your freedom of speech is now apparent and you can now express yourselves more freely than ever. What else do we want? Is there a magic president who will emerge? I think Kibaki has done a great job. Let give him a chance and see what else he can do for the next 2 years. Imagine Raila and Colleagues doing the same bull sh*t to Late Mzee Kenyatta or former president Moi? They would have decayed few months ago. But Kibaki respects humanity and is morally capable of tolerating people’s criticism. God bless president Kibaki!

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  • 7. Patriot  |  December 8, 2005 at 3:51 pm

    TREZ PATRIOTIC

    weeee wacha bana i cannot believe your statement.2005 ending to go to 2006 and six after the man was humiliated in elections,stonned with mad and bottles you can still blame moi for kenya.people kenya needs to move on. i thought it was only koigi who blames moi. baba moi played us, and we elected a new face that is playing us even worse because this time our hopes were lying with them. but i may ask you mziwa yaki mwagika……………let baba moi rest, and by the way research and common sense has it’s facts abstinance is still the best option from AIDS. if u all abstain for two years and keep it clean can u immagine the decline in AIDS infections???? …..anyway my reply is just because kibaki is failing it has nothing to do with moi. i personally gave him my vote because he said he can change all those things. ‘ali sema mwenyewe” so i shall not compare him with hitler and say ….’enyewe yeye si mbaya sana’….. ziii i wont say that the guy is failing us on what he said he can do. anyway to wache baba moi aji enjoy. hehehehehhehe

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  • 8. Jesse  |  December 8, 2005 at 4:03 pm

    Kajwang, President Kibaki is under no obligation to do me any favours; I’m neither requesting nor expecting any. He is – by – law, expected to ensure everything you’ve stated obtains for you, myself and everyone else. I’m therefore not asking for some sort of false sympathy; all I’m asking – and i believe several other Kenyans were / are – is a genuine consideration on his part for the challenge of nationhood before us. I expected a statesman/ statesmanship. I think the good man has flunked the acid test.

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  • 9. jizafrik  |  December 8, 2005 at 4:04 pm

    –>Jesse

    You seem to be spited by the fact that ODM was ditched. ODM was a cancer to the cabinet and good govervanace and hence had to be removed. You seem to forget the simple natural law thata house divided cannot stand. ODM is not the people but a group of self seeking individuals with nothing to offer but noise, and a movement that is already doomed by lack of focus, just like NARC!!

    At least we hopefully look forward to two years of a united cabinet, which is pogressive to the people. The people voted in the President, and the people have the power to vote him out!!! Lets watch and see who the people vote in next!!!

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  • 10. Jkajwang  |  December 8, 2005 at 4:04 pm

    But whoever becomes the president must focus on actions and not petty politics. How can Raila be a president yet he couldn’t coordinate repairing of roads. All he’s doing is forming groups to gang against Kibaki? We need to see actions in the country. They can politic each other and continue messing up the country; politics are every where in the world. But the most successful countries emphasize more on actions than words. Take a trip to U.S., Germany, U.K., Australia, and so on. You’ll hear politics, but you’ll see government repairing roads, people working hard as they attend school, water being pumped in people’s homes, government providing great healthcare to its citizens, people living in good homes, and many other positive things. We need to see these things happen in Kenya. We don’t need to continue depending on donors. We can be self-sufficient, but only and only if we can focus on doing things and not talking about them!

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  • 11. Kimanimungai  |  December 8, 2005 at 4:06 pm

    Kajwang,
    You say you feared going home doing the Kalenjin time because of the harrassment of the kikuyus. This shows me you are a Kikuyu. Stop these tribal innuendoes. It does not help Kenya to vilify the Kalenjin just because you are a KIkuyu whatever the reasons. THis is what we are fighting against. It is sad you are in the states but still think like a village headboy!!! Rise above your tribe men!!! I am a fellow kiuk and dont talk like that. This is what is making people alienate us.
    STOP PERSONALITY ASSANINATION. TALK ISSUE NOT PERSONALITIES.

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  • 12. ukweli  |  December 8, 2005 at 4:21 pm

    Not too long ago I had a heated debate with my fellow Kenyan named Alex who still believes that the white man is more intelligent than the black man. Off cause I was so much against his believes and tried to convince him that both the blacks and whites had the same God given intellectual capabilities.

    Alex was relentless in his argument owing to the fact that Kenya and Africa in general were less developed and however much their leaders were exposed to information and ways to enhance developed in their motherland, they still meander in endless streams of corruption that erode the poor Africans’ standard of leaving while the white man’s countries developed given its citizens higher standards off leaving.

    For once I have given Alex’s idea a second thought looking at how “elite” Kenyan leaders are managing power.

    President Kibaki is leaving evidence that even higher education can not change the ape’s intellectual capability only evolution could bring in change. Are Kenyans going to wait for apes to evolve into human beings before they can realize prosperity as a nation?

    I ask Alex and all other Kenyans to join me in viewing Kenya as a land where humans are under the leadership of apes. Kenyans must liberate themselves from these apes before they can even think about breaking away from the chains of poverty, illiteracy and hunger.

    Apes breed apes. Humans breed humans.

    Ukweli Tupu

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  • 13. Cameco  |  December 8, 2005 at 4:21 pm

    I had intimated this before in my previous post: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man became a king”. Kibaki is definitely telling Kenyans that they are blind. Mr. President should know that even in the Masada Complex, there were women and Children who survived to tell the story. Very very soon the emilioic reign will be past tense and thats when it will dawn on Him that Kenyans were not at all that blind… and that his being a one-eyed king does not necessarily mean that his constituents are all blind.
    One thing i find disturbing is answering the question as to whether Kibaki knows where he is leading Kenyans or whether he is just counting the days pass since he is now comfortably in statehouse. While Kibaki says that he wants a working government that is keen on delivering, i think his definition of deliver is not at par with what Kenyans call delivery. We (or at least, I, as a Kenyan) want a new and well-intended constitution, equitable distribution of resources, urgent address on corruption etc. Our good old president is bent on doing the exact reverse.
    Does one need a Primary School certificate to see that Kenya is bigger than the banana association. Well, this is my prayer: that It will soon dawn on the one man, Mwai that Kenya is too mighty for the governance of a few banana desperadoes. It can happen. It happened in 2002 and On 21 November 2005, an it is bound to come back on him sooner than We expect (of course he doesn’t forsee it: the gods of this age has blinded him).

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  • 14. Rayolla  |  December 8, 2005 at 6:00 pm

    You have ears, but can not see, Eyes, but can not hear

    The mixup above is deliberate. I believe what Jesse and I are trying to say by and large is that: Yes Kibaki’s hands were tied and Yes his only safe and viable option was to draw from banana supporters and individual simpathizers (mps). AGREED.

    The reason I agree with kibaki on this point and this point ALONE, is that it became increasingly clear that he was going to avoid the negotiation route, and so picking from banana was the only safe bet left for him.

    Why did I agree with the president on this point though I favoured dialogue with ODM? Simple, I believe in strong institutions and it became apparent to me that we needed a strong opposition and a ‘cohesive’ (whatever that means in siasa-speak) and capable government.

    I was driven by the reality that Kibaki would find it hard to accomodate his’enemies’ in the cabinet and so whatever he did they would still fight him. So limit the internal effects and have them fighting from outside.

    However, beyond this point of fact I find it plain absurd that out of a pool of not less than 120mps Kibaki could not find capable and suitable replacements for Karume,Nyachae, Makwere, Kalembe, Kamanda, et al.

    Wouldn’t it have been more acceptable for example knowing he only has a government of loyalists fo Kibaki to surprise us with people like; Njoki Ndungu, Min. Justice & Const (if he didn’t want to remove it), Beth Mugo, Gender sports, retain Michuki, remove that special programmes, and among other things give us a lean cabinet. was that too much to ask?

    The president apparently ignored lots of talent and rewarded stupid loyalty thats why people like kiunjuri and Nyaga have declined.

    Kibaki’s hands were tied to banana but he could have still given us a cabinet that is acceptable to even the opposition. He still has talent not the kind of Gar**ge he gave us jana. You don’t need to be his critic to see that Ms Rose & Remy

    Kibaki has ONLY ONE OPTION LEFT Dissolve parliament and lets go for elctions

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  • 15. Jesse  |  December 8, 2005 at 11:45 pm

    With such “friends” as our Orezo obviously has, he / our country obviously needs no enemies.

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  • 16. lozzm  |  December 8, 2005 at 11:46 pm

    Jkajwang wrote:
    At least Kibaki tolerates the freedom of speech. No torturing in Nyayo house of his critics. No detaining of his opposers. Your freedom of speech is now apparent and you can now express yourselves more freely than ever. What else do we want? Is there a magic president who will emerge? I think Kibaki has done a great job. Let give him a chance and see what else he can do for the next 2 years. Imagine Raila and Colleagues doing the same bull sh*t to Late Mzee Kenyatta or former president Moi? They would have decayed few months ago. But Kibaki respects humanity and is morally capable of tolerating people’s criticism. God bless president Kibaki!

    @Jkajwang

    You may be right but the fact remains you have every God given right to have your freedom of speech. You don’t have to wait for your president to “give” you what is rightfully yours. Granted the Moi and Kenyatta eras were tainted with human rights abuse, however I don’t see why we should laud anyone for letting you or me excise your basic rights.

    If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
    Aristotle

    By ignoring the ODM the president may have just committed political suicide. As much as they may have been a thorn in his side, by ignoring their request for dialogue he has again proven to the majority he is not ready or willing to negotiate with the common man but on the contrary, he prefers to rule by imposing cronyism on the Kenyan people

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  • 17. Jesse  |  December 8, 2005 at 11:46 pm

    No Wamweri, in approaching President Kibaki, any keen observer would have realized that the ODM had in their hands both a carrot and a hugging stick. In supping with the “devil,” some often suggest that you use a long, wooden spoon. Trust is / was the issue here my friend; my President allowed for mutual suspicion and hostility to carry the day. And it was not the first time.

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  • 18. Wamweri  |  December 8, 2005 at 11:46 pm

    I dont recal ODM asking the President for consultation. All i remember is them saying they will not consult unless their demands are met. What sort of consultation is that..?

    If the ODM are as democratic as you would like to believe why would their leader unilaterally declare that ‘any one joining the cabinet will be expelled’ ?

    The MP’s are loosing perspective, and it seems all of us on this board are joining the same band wagon.

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  • 19. Easy Shopping Guide  |  August 18, 2007 at 8:27 am

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