The controversial bishop Margaret Wanjiru of the Jesus Is Alive Ministries yesterday joined ODM-Kenya in a move that could secure her the Starehe parliamentary seat in the forthcoming general elections.
No sooner had Wanjiru declared her interest for the seat early last month and her intention to marry a South African preacher, did her troubles begin. Her supporters are convinced that it is all political. A man claiming to be her husband, one Jimmy Kamangu emerged saying he was married to the evangelist and there was no way she could marry another man prior to ending her marriage with him.
The saga turned into a captiavting soap opera with accusations and counter accusations flying. Inevitably Kamangu ended up in court demanding his conjugal rights back from the Bishop. Kamangu who was suddenly dressed in expensive clothes managed to get an order stopping the much-anticipated Bishop's wedding which was to be held last weekend.
Amid the controversy, Wanjiru turned up yesterday on television looking beautiful and glamorous as always as she sat amongst the "wolves" confidently stating that she was joining ODM-Kenya and managed to get a "welcome kiss" from Raila Odinga as Kalonzo Musyoka watched in bewilderment.
It is no secret that Kenya needs politicians of decorum and flair like Wanjiru who has had a generally incident free public life until the recent Kamangu story. She still enjoys credibility among her flock as the meeting she called for last Saturday at her church had standing room only.
Kenyan politics needs people like Wanjiru to add color and credibility to it and especially Nairobi where most of the current MPs are really just 'thugs' who only know the use of crude and uncouth methods in dealing with their enemies—both real and imagined. David Mwenje and Fred Ngumo not to mention Norman Nyagah are known to have violent gangs under their beck and call.
Wanjiru might not be perfect but she will definitely bring sobriety to Starehe constituency where the current MP was also recently declared the Narc candidate under dubious circumstances even after losing the primary's to businessman Jimnah Mbaru who could definitely have made a better MP than Kamanda.
The Bishop however needs to learn one very important lesson in politics. And that is the fact that you never leap into something just to react to your enemies. This can be fatal in politics. Wanjiru's timing in joining ODM-Kenya, is a direct angry reaction to her wedding being stopped. It is a move designed to send jitters in the enemy camp. The way politics is played is that your enemies should never be able to second-guess you.
There are those who do not believe that there is any hidden hand in the Bishop's troubles, but there is no denying that Kamangu's sharp dressing and court action has got a very wealthy backer, who seems to have some very clear objectives in mind. And mostly they seem to be to finish the inexperienced Bishop politically. The battle for Starehe has started and it promises to be a very bruising one.
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