A visitor to Kenya may be forgiven for imagining that we are days away from an impending general elections. The present intense political heat in almost all parties betrays the fact that we are hardly into the middle of second half of the year after the flawed December pools. So are Kenyan politicians better at what they do or are they simply creating sideshows to advance their selfish interests at the expense of the general public?
Well, Kenyan politics remains the only profitable venture in besides religion even in tough economic times like now. Every politician is busy feathering his/her nest for a bountiful harvest, both perceived or real. The truth is that Kibaki succession is the singular source of fuel to the political fire. Interestingly enough no political party is spared the theatrics and tension.
Ford-K’s Musikari Kombo must be reeling from the demeaning effects of losing an election. His hitherto cheerleaders are up in arms for his position or worse still demand for a change of the party’s constitution which reserves the presidential ticket to the chair. As the adage goes any politician without ambition is as good as dead and not worth the letters spelling his/her name. While Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula is finding it extremely difficult to take orders from a nominated MP masquerading as boos, voluble Wakoli cannot wait to see his name on the presidential ballot paper.
Neither is PNU nor ODM is spared the intense political scheming. With ODM’s fabric stretched to the limit from the reality of coming to terms with her present status which is at variance with the counterfactual premise during formation, PNU is reeling from the curse of a soon-out-of-contract player determined to own the game and play at his own terms. Emilio wants to manage his own succession and is leaving nothing to chance lest Kenya’s present owners are left exposed.
And all that goes around comes around. The baba na mama party Kanu is as rudderless as a boat left at the mercy of winds in the high seas. Jomo Junior is determined to bake his cake and gobble it. UK wants to remain the Kanu Boss as a collateral to prop himself while also keeping both eyes firmly on PNU as the magnet for his dependable Central votes.
All the intensive political pressure that mirros an unending labour pain leaves you wondering when the conception took place. Maybe the pregnancy is artificial and could as well result in a still birth. Who knows?