Saturday, October 27, 2007
Changing Fortunes, Voter Become Boss
How times change? It was a humbling experience listening to the hitherto combative ex-security minister Christopher Ndarathi Murungaru on radio implore the Kalenjins to change their hearts and vote for Kibaki.
Only election time has the magic to make our politicians appreciate their voters as the boss. Flanked by the diminutive ex-PC Joseph Kaguthi and Kanu chair Uhuru Kenya, Bw Murungaru figuratively went down on his knees to seek understanding and forgiveness from Rift Valley voters. What of the risk vote basket proving a nightmare for PNU even with propping of ex-President Moi?
The trio used the Kass FM studios to implore their targeted listeners to understand the origins of the hostility between the Kalenjin and the Kikuyu. Boy, is it becoming desperate with plenty at stake?
Contrasting Hon. Murungaru's passionate plea with the rivers of sweat in his glory days threatening to kusiaga, kusakanya and kubwaga press leaves you with apt description of scoundrels. Leaves you wondering, is it a case of desperate moments calling for desperate measures or chicken coming home to roast?
The beverage advert couldn't have put it any better: IMAGE/PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING. Going on air on KASS is one open admission (nay acceptance) of tribal tension and perception. Having three people sharing the same native language convince another to think outside the box is a paradox of sorts if you ask me.
Either way the strategy could backfire given the selection of the three and their place of birth. Na bado.