Githongo: The man and the secrets

February 12, 2006 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

The Watergate break-in and the attendant political
fallouts happen to have been part of my media and
public opinion studies seminar at school some time
back.

No doubt the Brits and others have their own interests
in this (they always call it “enlightened
self-interest”) just as there were several forces that
needed Nixon out of office at the time (not just the
Democrats), some of which Americans will never want to
hear you discussing in public (the same applies to
events surrounding JFK’s demise).

Octogenerian Mark Felt confessed last year to having
been Carl Bernstein’s and Bob Woodward’s “Deep
Throat,” but some biographers of his boss at the FBI
at the time (John Edgar Hoover) had already expressed
reservations about his (Felt’s) loyalties earlier on.

In his book THE MAN AND THE SECRETS, a Hoover
biographer (Curt Gentry, am not sure he was the
author) it would seem already had his pulse on this.

Githongo has every chance to survive the “you were a
mole” onslaught on him just as much as he could
succumb to overdoses of Kikuyu nationalism in the
process that, in recent times, appears to be finding
its expression in persons and processes outside
Kibaki’s control (let the reader understand).

The Brits and other nations know much more about our
nation, its resources , potential, leadership, na
kadhalika not so much because Githongo and others may
have told them but because much that goes for the new
international / world order is skewed in their
favour.

Going the Gamal Abdel Nasser way (of nationalizing the
economy) or, in these Chaves hours, rabid
anti-Mzunguism, is always an attractive option in
trying to break such a strangle-hold; but our leaders
often sound hollow when they voice such (because they
are often less motivated by public interest and more
by personal interest, i.e becoming our Black
Whitemen).

It’s partly why I have consistently insisted that
change ain’t coming our way any soon (even 2007) as
most of the current political players / leaders are
either sold out to the previously-mentioned
international interests or are the hypocrites who
would rather we defended them in their sins when they
are killing us softly (consider corruption and much
that goes for “privatization”).

An obvious disconnect in such dialogues often is our
present crop of leaders’ repeated refrains /
references to our brutal colonial past in their
internecine and / or such other wars with foreigners.

You see, that provokes the romantic in us that
naturally evokes the romanticised negritude that was
mostly blind to our inherent weaknesses in our
carvoting with forces on the world stage.

Leopold Senghor is long dead physically and
ideologically; I keep wondering why anyone would would
to ressurect him.

I see some good souls attempting to conveniently rouse
him (mostly some of my dearest Kikuyu buddies – no pun
or offence intended to the community) in the
marketplace of ideas in the Church, sections of the
media, on the Office of Public Communications forum,
BBC threads and other fora where a similar debate is
obtaining; but how far can we go with such in shaping
our destiny as a country in the 21st century?

It is Wole Soyinka, if my memory serves me right, who
reminded Leopold that a tiger need not prove its tigritude.

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