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Friday, April 18, 2008

Prime Minister 24

Raila’s first 24 hours in office give a taste of things to come

I am a great fan of the action TV series 24.

To me it is more than a great storyline and edge of seat suspense. It is an inspiration that helps me remember that in our modern world of today technology makes it possible to get so many things done within a brief 24 hour period.

Before I say what I want to say today let me make it clear that I am NOT an ODM activist or anything like that. In fact I have some interesting information on a corrupt ODM minister within the grand coalition government about to start doing their thing.

But whatever anybody may want to call me, I like to praise good things that I see and even in real life my friends will tell you that I am blunt and I do not hesitate to say things as they are and I will not shy from discussing any topic.

Raila’s first 24 hours in office as Prime Minister have been nothing short of admirable. After the swearing-in ceremony yesterday, Raila held a special thanksgiving party to celebrate his appointment at the Intercontinental hotel. Many people from government were present. But the most notable was Amos “the stock exchange is not a fish market” Kimunya and Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka. Also in attendance was former UN secretary general Koffi Anan.

On the same evening that the celebration was being held, a chap called Njuguna Gitau Njunguna announced to everybody’s relief that the Mungiki reign of terror had come to an end. As you read this all attacks have ceased and peace has returned to the country. Businesses that have been shut for several days all over Central province are now open and happily transaction biashara. The Nuguna chap credited their decision to adabdoning the terror campaign to the Prime Minister. In fact several days ago a source deep within ODM had told me that the PM intended to negotiate with Mungiki and address their grivienaces. Naturally there are those who would not agree with the idea of negotiating with terrorists (because that is what the Mungiki chaps are) but certainly you can not argue with the fact that we have a prime minister who gets results.

To cap off the Prime Minister’s first 24 hours in office, members of the opposition MDC party in Zimbabwe came calling to see Raila Odinga. They are keen for Kenya to intervene in the political deadlock in that country. Speaking to the press they said they were sure that Kenyans knew exactly what they felt having gone through a very similar situation recently. The prime minister on his part promised to do everything in his power to help Zimbabwe out of its current political problems. Raila also urged President Robert Mugabe to follow the example of President Kibaki.

And all that in the first 24 hours in office.

Need I say more? It seems that we were all wrong and the political direction that the country will take from now on is going to be very different indeed from what even Kumekucha expected.

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38 comments:

Taabu said...

Well, mhhhhh wrong we may have been but better be careful than sorry. Once bitten numerously shy, ama? MDC is looking for the wrong help from the right quarters. Our record and reputation in the last 100 days is nothing to emulate. IT IS TOTAL SHAME. Mugabe is simply reading a patented script.

As a new bride RAO may be meaning good but wait until he discovers the neck-deep murderous ways of the bridegroom. Pessimism is neither a vice nor a virtue, don it if you hate heartaches.

kenyanzuri said...

Sawa, Raila is now the De Facto leader. But that is not very important. The most important thing is that we now have a leader who cannot afford to sit on the fence when the country is on fire.

KAZI IMEANZA SASA!
Raila also pledged to spearhead crucial reforms, reconcilliation, healing and economic recovery. No wonder Mungiki are now claiming that he is their president!
However, Raila shuld be very careful when dealing with Mungiki - everything must be above board and open to public scrutiny so that some Mt Kenya mafia (hardliners) do not use it to sabotage him.
He should let Kibaki and PNU drown with their powerful ministries of internal security etc while he concentrates on development and reforms.

Taabu said...

BREAKING NEWS

Meanwhile police have tear-gased WOMEN NMUNGIKI members as they attempted to deliver a petition to new Prime Minister Raila Odinga about their grievances.

Change of tact or smokescreen? Na bado.

Phil said...

Habari ya masiku Chris,

Unlike our thickhead politicians, Mungiki are smart enough to know that the only person who can liberate them is Raila. That respect is earned. You do not spend close to a decade in detention without trial for nothing! You do not get votes stolen from you and the country at a standstill for three months for nothing!

About the dinner last night Chris, the fact is there were more PNU than ODM. Perhaps we need to learn from history here. If you can figure out why NDP dissolved to join KANU and why LDP formed a partnership with NAk to oust KANU, then you can figure out where/how/when this grand coalition will end up. It is not a secret, and Raila said it repeatedly on his inauguration speech, ODM is in the grand coalition with PNU as a means of achieving its goals. The grand coalition is not the end of the struggle.

Another interesting story Chris, ridding in an easy coach bus half full of Ugandan nationals transiting to Mombasa via Nairobi, Kenyan politics dominated discussions for 10 hours. The talks reached a crescendo when approaching Nakuru at the Mau Summit TOTAL junction where no business exist following the post election violence. Some of the Ugandans kept on mumbling - 'why cant you guys (kenyans) lend us Raila to help us get rid of M7', and another said '......if Africa could have just 10 Railas.....!.

We do not worry ourselves much about people who want to form a grnd opposition. We pay little attention to MPs who just a few months ago wanted to give an arm and a leg for an ODM nomination certificate, and are now threatening to take their votes elsewhere if they are overlooked in cabinet appointments or public service appointments. Its obvious such characters do no have the pulse of the common man on the ground at their finger tips. Those who have their fingertips on the right place know that it would have been a complete mismatch had that ODM inauguration ceremony been taken to Uhuru Park. It would have been obvious who the people's president is. And that is NO secret either. Every one knows it, including people deep inside PNU.

Phil said...

Even those people you call terrorist have VOTES...... millions of them for that matter. Which politician is not smart enough to see that?

Anonymous said...

phil

i understand you work closely within the top hierarchy of ODM circles

Could you get the PM to dialogue with internal security minister and have him lift the trigger off tear-gassing people anytime there's a gathering? we are tired of this tear gas crazed riot squad. dont they have anyone who can talk among them to disperse a crowd or one with ears to listen to what a crows wants? surely just handing over documents?

Chicity said...

Hey Chris

Nice article. You should never have to defend your position or quantify it. Even if you were an ODM activist, so be it. For months last year I read about how you were being hounded to declare a stand because you were considered an "ODM mouthpiece". Freedom of thought and association includes the right to petition or support, critique the government, etc.... even though it is a very unpopular position to assume amongst many Kenyans.

I share your sentiments and I am cautiously optimistic about what lies ahead. I think RAO has a great opportunity to re-introduce himself to the Kenyan people and the world through his work. Most Kenyans know him based on the Government's definition of who he is and what he means to Kenya. He has a gargantuan challenge ahead and I hope he remains focused and committed. His success may vanquish some personalities to political oblivion and definitely engander even more hate in some quarters...so I expect some sabotage along the way. Hopefully, he'll withstand it.

On a lighter note, you have a self annointed "Queen of England" spell checking posts on your blog so you might wanna proof read your articles going forward....lest you get a sound e-whuppin' or attempted dressing down! Hehehehehe!

Kenyanzuri - I agree with you. On the Mungiki issue: I was quite amused that they are now referring to him as their leader. I guess anything is possible. As expected, I saw some comments yesterday to the effect that they listened to him because he espouses violence like they do. Some Kenyans are master manipulators of fact; they've learned well from their so called "leaders";-))).

Anonymous said...

I am just wondering is this going to be the new way of settling our grievance and disputes – destruction, mayhem destruction leads to negotiating table.
Our country has truly gone to dogs!

Kwale

Chicity said...

Oops. I meant to say and even "engender" more hate. May the Queen pump her brakes ;-)))))))

Phil - thanks for the update. You've been underground! Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Phil

Precisely we only need 10 Raila's in Africa and we will no longer be called a dark continent....I heard him when he said sometimes ago we were playing in the same league with Japan and Malaysia.....Just look where we are? Kenya is now fighting supremacy with UG, TZ...Come on where did the rain start beating us....then people keep talking about some imaginary 7% economic growth....Trust me with some goodwill Kenya can be where it is supposed to be...At the top

Ivy

Emily said...

i think i love this!!

kenyanzuri said...

It is very po ssible that some PMU hardliners unleashed the Mungiki to undermine the power-sharing deal but looks like ODM and Raila have safely navigated out of this trap and turn it to their advantage.

Chicity said...

Ditto Ivy! Where've you been? :-)))

Chicity said...

Anon@ 7:32 - I'm with you on that one. Using violence as a means to silence people only works for so long.

Anonymous said...

yes ivy, where have you been? we have missed you around here my dear!! welcome back!

-Mrembo

Anonymous said...

Mrembo/Chicity i have missed you ...Trust me exams, i will be away for some time (2 weeks) but once in a while i will come by...I hope these people haven't been harassing you....Taabu pole i see you are still being roasted

Wanjiku that was the most beautiful article i read...

Keep on keeping on guys the battle has not been won yet...Saw KUmekucha on standard i was the happiest girl around....Enyewe with 42 ministers...Bado mapambano

Ivy

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just wondering is this going to be the new way of settling our grievance and disputes – destruction, mayhem destruction leads to negotiating table.
Our country has truly gone to dogs!

Kwale

Only when it is mungiki and it is because of your own elite central province business men and politicians using them and then executing them so that the truth does not come out!! you have such a selective mind- damp it when mungiki are killing other tribes(clap clap) and when other tribes understand why and how mungiki are being used by their own tribesmen to create havoc and they the same mungiki now want to stop being misused and be like any other Kenyan fighting for jobs and equal opportunities the right way instead of creating havoc- this dis appoints Kwale
kwale you should banish yourself to central Lesotho and let those who want a better kenya continue to work towards that goal!!spew your dirt else where!!

Taabu said...

Ivy,
Best wishes and show those exams DUST, you have all it takes. BTW exams are just the surmountable inconvinience to the strong willed before BLISS, go and conquer them.

Meanwhile we will keep singing the same tune from the SATUCK record till the truth sinks, it never MUTATES. Kenyans have been taken in circles for so long they end up coparing the bottom of pots and kettles ati which is blacker. In the process we miss to see the light beckoning. Faint hearts never won any battle leave alone war. Na bado.

Chicity said...

Ivy

We're hanging tough. All the best with your finals. I'm so glad those days are over ;-))

Anonymous said...

ivy,

no harasssment here for me my dear, best of luck in your exams!!

i know!! i also saw the standard article for kumekucha and i gotta tell u that day i was on cloud nine...so keep it up kumekucha!!

-Mrembo

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Ivy your exam body is? I'm sure not KNEC!! In which case you need prayers and prayers. Lol!

Anyway all the best.

Welcome back my dear. And thanks for the complements.

Anonymous said...

ivy

exams nini?

are you kenyan or not?

two strategies guaranteed to work
1. (KNEC) - computer error (that favors if you are from some certain place and if you are not, just try to get a name from that place)

2. This one works all the time - top up the marks, (ECK)

good luck

HLumiti said...

Chris, methinks the ‘rapid-results’ praises for the PM are overly generous. It’s too early to declare that ‘the Mungiki reign of terror had come to an end’ and that ‘peace has returned to the country’. Like many, I wish it were so, lakini bado. The man has his job cut out for him and obviously he needs lots of goodwill which I do not hesitate to send his way. But with the Mungiki, I suspect he’ll need to apply more than his enigmatic Mida’s Touch. I also suspect there are many home-coming parties lined up before the business of results, rapid or otherwise, begins…at the CTU?

Anonymous said...

Anon 8.54,... I don't know where central Lesotho is. The only Lesotho I know is that little Kingdom in Southern Africa. I am Kenya born and bred.

So, will you piss off you wanker!!!

Kwale

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Oops! Ivy I meant compliments!

Chicity hehehe. You're not alone. But your spelling is perfect today. Now let's move on to punctuation ama? Lol.

HLumiti I couldn't agree more. It's not yet time to celebrate an end to Mungiki's reign of terror.

Anonymous said...

Guys I did NOT see this standard article on your faithfully - Kumekucha obviously. Can anyone who say it post the web page here please.
I want to see the praise with my own two eyes. I am not a doubting Thomas per se. But when a competator like eastandard praise you, then you must be good at your work. Period. Not that we did not know that as a fact, but we only needed that recognision from the horse's own mouth.Keep it up pals.

Anonymous said...

Pals, Can anyone tell me if these Mungiki fellows are joking when they say that RAO is their leader and that they voted for him! since when Mungiki and the greater Kikuyu constituency have regarded RAO as their leader? Was it a fugarative speech or are they trying to be in the good books of RAO? Isn't this a very bad joke?
These are the same people who killed ODM members allover Central, RV and Nairobi provinces! THE burning of people alive in Naivasha tops it all!
These people are so hypocritical to absurd levels! These are the same guys who claimed that they could not be led by a Kihii! Has RAO been cut immediately after his swearing in?
I am always optimistic about Kenya and her potentials. I have been to some sites where Kikuyus laughed openly when Police were indiscriminately killing our brothers and sisters in Kisumu, Kericho, Eldoret etc for nothing other than demonstrations!
But the same police sat and watched as Mungiki killed our people in Nakuru and Naivasha without firing even a tear-gas. I am very bitter at the Kenya Police and particularly Eric Karaithe and Grace Kaindi!Them two killed my people more so Kaindi.
Now Mungiki the orgress is destroying CP should we the rest of Kenya clap? Of course NOT. Menzako akinyolewa lako litie maji. Some Kikuyus were happy when other parts of Kenya were burning. But none thought that Mungiki would rise and turn against one of their own. Mungiki is like a rabid dog. It bites everyone even its keeper!
Watch out guys.

Taabu said...

@Anon 10.52 stop doubting, just READ and BELIEVE. Here is the link as posted at the end of Monday's post here entitled MUNGIKI THE CURSE OF FRAUDULENT LEADERSHIP

PS: We blaze trail, others follow, BUT DO WE SAY?
http://www.eastandard.net/news/?id=1143984861&cid=159

Taabu said...

@Anon 11.25 cool down. The difference between a leader and a pretender is that the former leads from the front. You never solve a problem by wishing it away.

Similarly the difference between Kenyans and GEMA is that the former have hearts while the later can auction it at the right price. That simple matter of humanity is what separates us from the beasts.

When you see Mungiki praising RAO is typical DECEPTION. The industrious lot have smelt an opportunity to score. I pray and hope that RAO is not that naive. But then as Phil says even terrorists have votes, meaning every politican has a price. We haven't seen the last of these scoundrels, na bado.

Anonymous said...

Chris:

Your post's heading sets-up the readers for disappointment in the contents.

1. What is so new or heroic about a couple of rich famous politicians having (thanksgiving) dinner in an expensive hotel? Didn't Kimunya and Raila have a rich lunch recently to announce about their agreement about SafariCom IPO? Weren't you up in arms then? What is so different now? Until September last year, hadn't Raila and Kalonzo been hugging and eating together for five years? What is so different now? If they had taken Annan out for dinner fine, but to tell us than his hoisting a dinner to these fellows is outstanding leadership, there must be something special you know went on there that you are not telling us. Just remember the NARC homecoming parties of 2003 and keep your cool.

2. About the new-found friendship between Mungiki and Raila. Let me not even go there. I am thinking of openning a school on how to package and re-brand violence. Why? Because violence is the fastest growing line of business in Kenya. As Raila and Mungiki go into a retreat to dialogue, I will be taking notes, for these two are the masters on how to thrive best in chaos.

3. And you talked about MDC coming from Zimbabwe to Raila to seek advice on how to take on Bob. Let us hope that Raila in his 24 hours of outstanding leadership he reminded them that Zimbabwe is not Kenya. When it comes to violence Bob unlike Kibaki is a hands-on guy and can outdo even the best master of violence from ODM. Second, there is no the equivalent of Kikuyus in RV to kill and attract Bush and Condi's attention. The majority Shonas are lording it over Shonas with the minority Ndeberes filling up the gaps. That doesn't mean Bob can't be kicked out, but it is the Shonas who will have to unite and kick out one of their own. Hopefully, also, raila didn't tell them to go and uproot the railwayline and sabotage the economy because there is no economy to sabotage.

Like most other Kenyans, Christ, you are so thirsty for leadership that you are tempted to reach and grab on to mirage leadership. Please don't; it only exists in our imagination!!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Anon 8.54,... I don't know where central Lesotho is. The only Lesotho I know is that little Kingdom in Southern Africa. I am Kenya born and bred.

well central landlocked- just like Lesotho- named for Lesotho by Kenyans(non-kikuyu) who are tired of kikuyu propaganda, arrogance and nonsense- like the type you spew on here! or whining whenever things do not go your way!! now you better behave like you care and you want a better kenyan here on kumekucha or go to mashada or kukuyu fake kumekuchas!!capishe!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Chris:

Your post's heading sets-up the readers for disappointment in the contents.

when one looks at a leader who can help resolve many underlined problems like the mungiki claim? then the same leaders is abused!!and called names
Mungiki's want help and they can say anything to gain some from Raila? they did not give him even i vote- so what if they claim they voted for him?? do you really think Kenyans are that stupid to start listening to mungiki propaganda??
When Rao says dialog should be put in place to address all kenyans grievances i.e land, jobs and more- he means all Kenyans no matter what tribe or province you originate from- aren't the mungiki kenyans like any others?? why shouldn't Rao treat all kenyans equally?? isn't that what the other leaders from Kenyatta!!Moi!! Kibaki! have not been doing? not treating all Kenyans equally?? and now when Rao makes a statement in that nature- people go up in arms and try to dissect it left right and center instead of taking it as is!!

Kenyans should learn to embrace
change and new ideas and fresh voices with a different view of sorting out issues- since independence we have been following first it was KENYATTA)Harambee then (MOI)Nyayo then(KIBAKI) kazi iendelee- now i believe strongly the word should be coined as kenyans united can built a better kenya!!!pamoja tujenge kenya yetu!!

Chicity said...

Wanjiku - LOL, you got that right! Yes, I made an effort to make sure that I didn't "fluff" any spellings today and when I quickly noticed an error I corrected it, lest I got another lashing from the "Queen":-)))

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thought for today, what many Kenyans forget, i mean NOT all kenyans, is that Raila is a "Bourgeoisie" AND Kibaki is a "Laissez-faire"

Chicity said...

Anon @1:40PM - I agree with you. There's nothing wrong with trying something different. Dialogue does not mean that their conduct is condoned. It is a means to understanding a problem so that said problem can be tackled. In so many conflicts throughout history, a solution was found through dialogue. May be that, coupled with prosecution of the perpetrators will get us somewhere. Mungiki obviously wasn't rattled by the 500+ executions so why not try a different idea. We are so used to poor, 1960's village leadership that when someone tries something different, a viable option I might add, (likelihood of success is another matter) we hear talks of "mirage leadership". God help us!

Anonymous said...

anon2:00 PM
I guess all I'm trying to say that it is not only RAO who will bring change to kenya- it has to be a team effort- all kenyans plus all the people we voted in parliament and if they do not start in that direction- we as kenyans should be able to post their names up for demotion or sacking- and unless we do that than thinking my province ain't in cabinet or other than we will still fail- now is the time kenyans should keep their eyes open on everyone their hard earned tax money is paying salary to!change has to come from within the flow out that means we us kenyans have to change the way we view kenya ans what we want for our country!!again Rao can not do it alone or Kibaki can not do it alone-as for the mungiki?? why not if they know what their crimes are and who paid them to commit them?? let them come in and talk - let them accept punishment and let them agree on the way forward- distant themselves from crimes and political mileage from the same people who damp and execute them!! kenya has to move forward and anyone who wants to be included must follow the unites process!

Anonymous said...

Some bloggers here are funny, learned friends "very much gone to school" like the chinese..! but are very instrumental.

They are neither optimistic nor pessimistic.


I wonder how they managed to travel on the plane flying high miles and miles onto the air controlled by a computer and landed safely to where they are now.

Anyway to cut a long story short, why would Raila not make a good, Prime Minister and lead Kenyans.

We are not talking about Zimbambwe and their Rulers, Kenyans need leaders period. "NOT RULERS"

Raila is one of them. LEADER..

How many more lEADERS are out there.?
Raise yours hands........just kidding..!

Anonymous said...

It's good to see that Kikuyu-bashing continues to thrive while Saint Raila rescues the nation. I'm so proud.

I'm tired of you self proclaimed 'Kenyans' who feel no qualms about bashing an entire tribe based on your stereotypes etc. At the very least amdit that you too are as tribalistic as you accuse us of being rater than getting on your non-existent high horse to bitch and moan about how terrible, egotistical and money-hungry Kikuyus (aka Mungiki or Mt Kenya mafia) are. It must be good to be so noble.

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