While President Kibaki has been sounding more reconciliatory and focused of late, a closer look at his latest public speeches reveals a tormented soul. The hitherto aloof President is fighting an inner guilt that he dares not expose given his known personal pride.
So what is this flaming guilt eating Kibaki's soul? Well, look no further than his continued promise for a smooth transition. We all know power abhors vacuum and the whole handover business is explicitly covered in every constitution including ours.
That Kibaki finds it an obligation to explain the obvious to shameless claim credit for the same is no mere political hot air nor mischief.
The truth is the President is haunted by his immediate past. He is acutely aware of the genesis of his present term from that midnight inauguration. Poor Samuel Kivuitu must be feeling really betrayed in his cancer bed.
And Kibaki and his handlers know when to manufacture an artificial crisis and make motions to create and impression of solving it. They are simply taking advantage of Kenyans' reknown short memories. What is more, an insinuation of a chaotic handover would leave hairs standing behind their necks.
Kenya has laws and we don't have bad leaders for lack of the same. You see thanks to impunity, the laws are made for the ordinary Kenyan but the rulers exist to break them.
Even Moi the dictator had no choice but to handover power after seeing his Project humiliated in 2002. But that does not stop Kibaki from frightening the political daylight out of gullible Kenyans.
That the President has been making this noise in every speech is no ordinary politicking. He is cleverly creating an impression of authority knowing quite well the country lies at the mercy of drug lords and merchants of terror. If in doubt just watch the tightly investigated Jicho Pevu series.
Just like buglers are likely to attack a home headed by a coward, terrorists and their local freelancers are exploiting lack of firm leadership within our borders. They strike Nairobi secure in the knowledge they can get away with the bloodshe several times over.
Contrast that with the terrorists' mortal fear to attack Addis Ababa. Well, Meles may be benevolent dictator but the terrorists know how strong his reactions to provocations can be.
A country is a strong as its leadership and a banana state is not one feeding exclusively on the fruit.