First lady Lucy Kibaki is known by most Kenyans for her usually controversial pronouncements.
For example her statement captured on national TV some time back where she said: Mimi kama rais is still fresh on the minds of many.
Still the PNU campaign team seems convinced that she can add value to the president’s campaign.
So much so that recently she had her allowance increased from KShs 350,000 a month to Kshs 500,000 a month. Reasons given were “increased social responsibilities.” Top ODM officials wasted no time in urging Lucy to reject her pay rise in the same spirit that her husband had rejected his given by parliament earlier this year.
There is nothing wrong in the fact that the first lady now has a budget, staff and an office in NHIF house in Nairobi. The only problem is that it was never announced to Kenyans and we have come to find out at the eleventh hour.
Even more worrying is the fact that it is rather obvious that the first lady’s itinerary in recent months has been filled with functions whose only objective is to campaign for her husband the president. Could this be the “increased social responsibilities,” cited for increasing her monthly allowances so heftily?
The first lady’s office has then promptly gone ahead to use tax payer’s funds to provoke wananchi with inflammatory statements like the one she recently made urging all those who do not want to vote for President Kibaki “to go to another country.”
All this is happening behind a back drop where her dramatic “raid” on the Nation offices where she damaged a KTN cameraman’s camera are still vivid on the minds of most Kenyans.
One would think that in view of this, she is a liability to president Kibaki’s re-election campaigns rather than an asset.
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