Monday, October 15, 2007
Kalonzo Paints Nairobi Orange
Grass in the historic Uhuru Park will need a long spell of irrigation to recuperate from the stampede it has suffered the last two weekends. Kalonzo's of his presidential bid saw a mammoth that appear to have even surprised him and his confidants thus his divine intonation.
The 'clean' speeches at Kalonzo's rally leaves PNU with both eggs and tomatoes gracing eggs of its leaders. A part from 'civilized' jibes at his opponents brother Musyoka kept fidelity with the narrow and discussed policies with scanty concentration on personalities. And that is the way to go in nurturing an infant democracy like ours.
But the bonanza was not devoid of sparks. It saw nominated MP Esther Keino making her 'debut' speech in five years. The weight in her 90 seconds speech lies in its symbolism rather than substance. At least she had the forum to claim a stake in Belgut seat. One is left wondering whether she has finally unzipped her upper lips as a prerequisite for politicking. We can only wish her all the best.
Flora Tera also caused her verbal terror in declaring herself the acting MP for Imenti North. And with that she added the gender feather and flare to symbolism. Regardless of the magnitude of these two catches for Kalonzo, they are pricey all the same.
The huge attendance at Kalonzo's launch may be considered a harbinger of good luck. It may be the icing on the political competition cake Kenyans have been yearning for. I have no evidence that the number in attendance were manipulated but if the crowd were to translate into proportionate votes then you only ignore the MP for Mwingi North at your own political peril.
Bahari MP Joe Hamisi was so carried away to an extent of claiming that a million Kenyans were in attendance. Not to be left behind in the excitement was Mutula Kilonzo who chided Steadman to come and count so as to disabuse itself of the 8% ranking on their boss.
Generally yesterday's rally was a great success that may be a pointer of the gruelling battle for State House. None of the candidates is leaving anything to chance lest they slip irreparably. Even if that means temporarily transforming a rally into a religious crusade. The art of spicing speeches with religious overtones can actually work political 'miracles'. Steve knows his strength and why not particularly on a Sunday? And the race begin in earnest.
May the best candidate win devoid of cheating and God bless Kenya