A view from the inside: “MK will weather it”

February 2, 2008 at 12:36 pm 4 comments

Today I caught up with a buddy of mine.

We had touched base briefly in our undergrad years.

At grad school, we shared classes in Leadership, Law and Ethics the semester before I plunged into last year’s campaigns.

We batted for different teams during the campaigns: While he actively sided with a side that has ended up in power, I contested on a fringe party (outside the Big Three).

I catch up with my friend today and a few things come up:

  • The established view from his end is that MK will survive all the ODM / international noise about the Dec. 27th affair. “Give us a year, or two, and we shall be settled.”
  • He believes MK won fair and square, and “ODM knows it.” He laments that ODM “falsehoods” are more believable because of their highly media-savvy propaganda machine, “but the truth is slowly coming out.”
  • He says both sides rigged, but MK was lucky to get away with much, but in a way no one can challenge (and also insists, as MK himself has said, that ODM should go to the courts if they believe they have a strong case). “They could utilize international judges to call for a recount / retallying,” he says.
  • Says the Annan talks are having a good, cooling down effect.
  • He says ODM won’t hold together for long……
  • He avers that the Kenyan military won’t come to ODM’s aid, contrary to speculation in some circles…..
  • Also says ODM majority in bunge will keep on reducing…..
  • And offers yours truly a chance to make hay with the powers-that-be while the sun is still shining. “Two years will be enough for you to have joined the premier league 🙂 I can arrange a meeting for you and XX right now if you see sense in what I am saying.” I disagree with him, and he knows why. “There can be no such thing as ethics in politics. If YY, a Church leader, rigged njia yake into bunge, who are you, a kawaida Christian, to want to play by the rule-book?” I still disagree, and tell him I do not think the Ethics class we had in early 2007 meant nothing to me. He laughs, and says he will try his luck with me again later.

Entry filed under: 2007 General Elections in Kenya, Crime, Jesse Masai, Kenya, Literature, Media, Personals, Politics, Religion, Society, World.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Prof Fackler  |  February 2, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I taught the ethics class referred to in this blog. An instructor can talk until blue in the face about the virtues…courage, truth-telling, stewardship of power, etc. Nothing changes until people start exploring why they want what they want. If it’s power, you will do what you have to do. If it’s service, find the intersection of your God-given talents and the needs of the world around you and go to work…courageously. I am looking for a voice in Kenya who speaks to that.

  • 2. Don  |  February 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Does your dear friend know that there’s a God in heaven who rules over nations and sets times and seasons for everything? He should not get deluded that a leader rules because he is wily or can use force to have his way. It is the Lord God Almighty who sets up rulers and kings and and even the evil ones, He allows them to rule for a purpose but eventually it is the the Lord who calls the shots on how long they will stay in power. So advice your friend not to talk too rashly. He does not know what the Lord will do. It does not matter what cunningness or brutal force MK is going to use, when the Lord will say time is up for him, it will truly be so – and you never know – It may be sooner than the two years your friend is talking about!!!!!!

  • 3. kenya.fm  |  February 4, 2008 at 7:36 am

    True. I would imagine the kenyans who support the false government side ought to at least show some “little humility” given the nature of the open vice committed, but alas, BIG TALK, BIG BRAVADO. The LORD hates pride and takes a “militant position against the proud”

    Yes, Christians should not hate MK, but pray that Kenya gets a leader who fears God and seeks to lift the life of ALL Kenyans, and that foremost, His will be done, for only He has the big picture.

  • 4. Lulizi  |  February 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Forget what “everbody” is doing, including the Bishops! I believe as a Christian you can be a politician and be found clean at all times.

    Joseph and Daniel found themselves in political positions but with God’s hand upon them they excelled in everything and were not found to be negligent.

    What every Christain politician should strive for is God’s favour and the rest will fall into place.

    Read this!

    Dan 6:3 Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole territory.

    Dan 6:4 Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find occasion against Daniel as touching the kingdom; but they could find no occasion nor fault, because he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

    Yes, you as a Christian can be a clean politician and go by the rules of the Book!


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