While many Kenyans saw the vintage Moi endorse the DPM Uhuru at Karume's funeral, others the whole campaign spiced in poisoned chalice. Call it Uhuru project II, but the retired President also has the democratic right to choose and voice his opinions and feelings. And that is the right side of his speech.
The interesting bit can be deciphered from the genesis of turning funerals into campaign platforms. Afterall this sickening practice was conceived, delivered and nurtured during Uncle Dan's ERA. Those were the days when you could not separate a leader's personal views from government policies. And what is more, just like the dreaded one O'clock news, many were hired and fired at funerals. So forget Moi's hitherto hollow advice for people to respect the dead by avoiding politics at funerals. The master was only perfecting his invention.
That said, give credit to baba Gigi on fidelity. He singularly believed in UK project 10 years ago and his consistency is a rare gem among our politicians. He may have only mentioned Central Kenya leadership but you don't need to be a neurologists to dissect the bigger picture and the wider implications of his declaration.
Oh, please forget that fad of ICC nonsense as a Yorke burdening Uhuru's neck. Moi the nationalist knows better as he warned ages ago about neocolonialism. This is the same Professor of politics who had warned us of Rwanda-like genocide to dissuade Kenyans from advocating for multipartism. Well, the proof in his scare mongering can be sampled from the present fractious, nay tribal, political pudding.
Nobody can fault Moi for answering to people's pleas. It was the same people who have been pestering the reluctant President Kibaki to anoint a successor. Not one to shun controversies nor fear backlash, Moi has stepped to the plate and called Kenyans bluff.
It is a free world and Moi has voiced his choice. Moi never cares about what you think about him, his failures and success notwithstanding. Kenyans will have the opportunity to either support his choice of embarrass his one more time come election time. The heat is one and only those hardy enough to stand the embers will be left standing.