Whatever the outcome of next week's referendum on the proposed constitution, the political landscape and chemistry will be radically altered forever. Whether Kibaki will reshuffle his cabinet is neither here nor there but the writing is boldly imprinted on the wall. The church too must brace itself for rebranding after next Wednesday.
First the trophy goes to Moi for standing up to Kibaki to remind him he has all the right to trash the proposed constitution. At least Moi unwittingly accepted that we needed a new constitution 100 days after Kibaki took power. But his beef that the promise was not kept leaves him exposed as very petty. Is it not better to have it in less than 3000 days (8 years) than not at all after close to 9000 days (24 years) of ruin?
Granted, neither Moi nor Kibaki should be criticising each other in public. It is just not right given their ages and our African culture. But Moi should walk his talk of speaking the truth instead of selective interpretation of the draft for political and personal expediency.
True, two wrongs never made a right but just imagine anybody swiftly standing up to Moi just some 9 years ago? The political hirelings would have left some parts of the victim's anatomy scattered in various parts of Kenya. That Moi has his right as a Kenyan to make political choices is given. But attempting to square it out with his predecessor is just not right.
Freedom! That word which is both used and abused in equal measure. Moi is brandishing it while he denied Kenyans even a trace of the same commodity. Well, speak of people living in glass houses having their hands full of stones and throwing them with abandon.
We live in interesting times, COME ON August 4th.