But are they really justified?
Insider sources inform this blogger that when the possibility of an Obama win was first brought up within the Kibaki kitchen cabinet months ago, it was dismissed outright. Somebody confidently predicted that Sanetor Hillary Clinton would win the Democratic party nomination to run for the presidency and that she would do it easily. Most of the old school members of this inner circle have visited the United States many times and some have even lived there and so they were pretty confident with their predictions. The general feeling was that there was no way the racially charged Americans could elect Barack Obama.
Well now there are serious jitters within this inner circle even as they remain completely puzzled and dumbfounded as to what the hell is going on. How can that son of a “Jaruo” rise to be president of the most powerful nation in the world? HOW???
In fact if I could talk to them I would tell them something else to completely bawl them over. My insider source in America (with decades of experience observing the politics in that country) told me last night that it is now looking like the first time Illonois Senator will win the presidency by a landslide. YES, I was stunned myself at this information and I still am.
But why should any Kenyan in their right mind not be happy at the prospect of the son of a Kenyan from Siaya becoming president of the most powerful nation on earth? The answer can be found in the complex cut-throat game of politics.
You see despite the so called Grand coalition government, the truth is that both the PNU and ODM factions within the coalition are still bitter rivals looking for the upper hand that will carry the day when the next general elections are called. It is no secret that the man who could be the next President of the United States has some very close ties with the ODM top brass. One just needs to cast their mind back to the Obama visit last year and the feathers it ruffled in the then Kibaki government to realize what I am talking about here. Don’t forget that President Kibaki flatly refused to meet with Senator Obama during that memorable visit. Now if Obama lands in the White House, roles will be reversed and it will be president Kibaki seeking audience with Obama.
And that is in a scenario where Prime Minister Raila Odinga regularly has cell phone conversations with Obama. Naturally this makes many within the president’s inner circle very jittery and hoping against all hope for some miracle that will see John McCain somehow winning.
What worries PNU insiders is that the president of the most powerful nation is well able to make decisions that could greatly jeopardize their well laid plans. In fact those jitters extend to most of the political class and those who have made their money through dubious means.
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