Sunday, September 30, 2007
President Kibaki Hits The Campaign Trail Without A Clear Simple Message
President Kibaki: Can he recover the lead when Moi implements his latest game plan?
Plus Moi’s Latest Game Plan That Could Turn The Tables On Raila And ODM
The president’s vocabulary has changed dramatically. No longer are we hearing words like Pumbavu, mavi ya kuku etc.
Yesterday I could hardly believe my ears when I heard it on tape as the president made a passionate plea for votes during the Kanu delegates conference that he had gate crashed to address and then he said “please give me your vote.” And he used the word “please” twice in the same sentence.
This is something so rare with this president that I could not help but gape in wonder.
Many analysts are of the view that it is too little too late and it will be difficult for him to recover the lead. More so as secret dossiers exposing corruption in his inner cabinet are leaked. Sources say that the "leaks" will start immediately parliament is adjourned sine die to pave way for the mother of all general elections.
In one day President Kibaki attended and addressed Kanu, Narc DP and Ford Kenya delegates conferences.
Folks the presidential campaign has now shifted gears to full throttle.
Sadly Kibaki handlers are blundering again. The president looks way to desperate, which is a bad thing and hardly does anything to promote confidence amongst the electorate, something which is very important.
But even more worrying, the president does not have a message. He just keeps on repeating that line he loves which is a thinly veiled reference to Raila about how some people should tell Kenyans what they have done since 2002 other than travel the whole country inciting Kenyans. This has gotten extremely boring and it will hardly win votes.
The president should tell us what he plans to improve on during his second and last term. More so the lessons he has learnt which will enable him to correct certain things this time round.
Meanwhile information reaching this blogger indicates that retired president Moi is already pushing Kalonzo Musyoka very hard to join the Kibaki team. All indications are that Moi will succeed. He knows too much about Kalonzo and Kalonzo respects the old man too much to fail to obey him.
Indeed Kalonzo’s behaviour in the last few days seems to suggest that he is merely consolidating his position in Ukambani so that Hoo Ndii Emm and himself look even more attractive to a suitor.
It is said that the Kibaki team will secretly offer Kalonzo much more than just the Vice presidency. They will also be guaranteed several seats in the new cabinet in the event that Kibaki wins a second term. This will include a senior cabinet slot for Julia Ojiambo and two other Kalonzo cronies as well as Mutula Kilonzo being appointed the new AG.
The question analysts should now busy themselves with is; can Raila defeat a Kibaki/Kalonzo alliance? This is a very diffiult question to answer. More so when you consider that there are many in Hoo Ndii Emm who will NOT follow Kalonzo to PNU. This group is also highly unlikely to vote for Raila.
Story that will help you understand Mwai Kibaki politics better.
Posted by Chris at 7:35 AM