Thursday, December 13, 2007
Kimunya Goofs Again, Uproots Kibaki's Votes
Why do Finance Minister Amos Kimunya's otherwise good intentions of protecting Kibaki always end up embarrassing the Government? First was the INSENSITIVE fish market jibe and now the donor threat to withhold KES 38 billion aid should ODM dethrone Kibaki in the coming polls. The chap is unwittingly and literally measuring to his name Kimunya (uproot) votes from Kibaki.
Listening to the EU country director Eric van der Linden dismissing him and reiterated the union’s commitment to work with any democratically elected government leaves Kimunya’s face plastered with eggs for the second time in as many months. So where is the source of Kimunya's problems and goofs?
Trying too hard to please can always turn counterproductive. This is particularly true when you a greenhorn struggling to turn a maestro overnight. Kimunya and Mutahi Kagwe know that they are the present blue eyed-boys of Kibaki's regime after replacing the Kiraitu-Murangaru-Mwiraira troika in the kitchen cabinet. And that marks the genesis of their troubles.
Political experience and astuteness are assets that rare and must be exercised sparingly. Kiraitu knew this and only kissed the blades of the sword of his success when power went to his head. Kimunya must be still smarting from the boardroom pronouncements during his tenure as the chairman of Kenya Chartered Accountants Association.
Whatever excites him in engaging his political lips while giving leave to the implications is hard to tell. And both excitements appear to be at their peak anytime he lands from foreign trips. The fish backlash came immediately he landed from the US and he repeated the gaffe again last Tuesday when he landed at JKIA from Lisbon where he represented Kibaki in the AU-EU summit.
With less than two weeks to go Kimunya's careless utterances are the least Kibaki needs during the homestretch race to December 27 polls. Add that to mama kofi's propensity to dispense 'instant' justice to any Musyimi and Wolf crossing her path and they succeed in lending wings to votes from Emilio. These amateurish actions amounts to nothing short of self sabotage. Washindwe na kazi iendelee.