I have admitted here on numerous occasions how boring history can be for most people. And yet it is impossible to discuss serious politics without a firm grasp on the relevant historical background. Indeed it is possible for Kenyans to get themselves out of the mess the successive presidencies of Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki have landed them into without understanding the history of this country.
I love history, as boring as some people think it is, because it has always been one of this blog’s top secret weapons. I mean I have been made to really look good, even a prophet of sorts by simply analyzing politics in Kenya while keeping my history books very close by. For instance we were the first to recognize (right from the onset of this blog) that only brand new leadership can save this country, something that is now rapidly gaining currency in the country.
For years during colonial days, Kenya was always a playground for the rich and powerful where the majority were mere irrelevant pawns at best and playthings at worse. Take the case of the young Kenyan who lost his life for throwing a stone at a mzungu dog through a fence in 1960 (the stone did not even hit the dog but the poor man lost his life for it.) Read my post on the incident. The interesting thing here is that many other mzungus (and maybe the particular one involved in the incident a Mr Poole) had gotten away with such heinous acts before and this time the only problem was that the times were changing the way they are now.
Well this week there was a serious road accident involving kids of the rich and powerful having fun. Actually a member of the Kenyatta family and of the Odinga family were hurt. Both young men had apparently been drinking. Read the full report of that incident here.
The interesting thing here is that impeccable sources have informed me that “powerful people” killed the story by intimidating the radio station that first reported the incident into shutting up about it. Indeed details of the story were deliberately scanty even from others who reported it and the police received firm orders from above to stay mum to the press. To the extent where the registration number plates were deliberately removed from the wrecked vehicles at a Nairobi police station (to prevent nosy journalists finding out who the car owners were.)
Now the trail of this cover up leads to a place where most of you my dear readers will not want to believe. Actually it is the Prime Minister’s office that made efforts to have the story killed.
Well maybe there is nothing wrong with that really. You see this man Raila Odinga is the candidate who will be almost 70 (actually he will be exactly 67 on January 7th 2012) by the time the next general elections are scheduled who we are all banking on to bring change. What does some minor road accident have to do with it? In fact this man wants change so much that we have so far seen from his performance as Prime Minister that that change is coming. After all you can teach old dogs new tricks can’t you?
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