Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Checkmate Politics=Speaker Kenneth Marende
Kenya's version of checkmate politics entered its finest phase when the 10th parliament convened this afternoon to elect their speaker. Boy and what a drama in the August house both of hilarious and of the absurd ilk.
With Kenneth Marende Otiato and Farah Maalim elected as Speaker and Deputy respectively Kenyans have predictably transformed themselves into spin masters at their best. Apologists from both end of the political equation are reading what they believe can sell while shamelessly displaying scant political under currents.
Until we see the high-octane political chess game for what it is, we can only succeed in fooling ourselves. Trust our SCOUNDRELS for politicians to leave us jerking off our limbs at their expense as we spew epithets and vitriol at fellow Kenyans as these chaps make deals with the devil.
Politics made in Kenya
It is ALL raw politics, stupid. No amount of sanitizing will diminish the present political tension and only self-deception can mask that fact. To some Speaker Marende is now an honourable member of LSK who will serve all and sundry fairly. My foot! Well, tell that to the birds because they can pay by flying high in the sky.
Marende and Farah's elections may have provided the much-needed cooling of political temperatures as ODM revels in the token celebration of miniature victory. But the truth remains that this may be the firm foundation of turbulent political times ahead.
We probably haven't seen anything yet. Sample this: domination of all important House committees and come June (if the political rubber band cooperates for that stretch) no budget. Simply put this may be the LULL before the STORM and we are in for interesting times. Welcome to politics made in Kenya, na bado.