Kenya Suffers Big Blow at AU on ICC Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South African has been elected the new boss of African Union. A veteran of the fight against apartheid, the ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma beat the incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon. Her election spells a diplomatic Waterloo for Kenya which was fronting for Mr Ping with his hostility against ICC (pan Africanism my foot!) the main driving force. And the paediatrician Nkosazana Dlamini has refused to be associated with the meaningless Anglophone tag. "I am not Anglophone, I'm Zulu," she said. The tenure of tough cookie who became the polygamist Zuma's third wife in 1982 only to divorce him 1998 promises some interesting times ahead that will rub many African leaders the wrong way.
“Eeeeh...eehhhh..eiiii...Please save me from Kibaki! Eeeeeh..eiiiii...Please don’t let me go back to that man...I don’t want to go back to Kibaki! Eeeeh...eiii...Please save me from Kibaki!” Raila broke down and cried, torrents of tears ﬂowing freely down his cheeks. He was shaking uncontrollably.It was about 3:30pm on April 6, 2008. Everyone in the room was stunned. They had never seen Raila cry before.
Former close aide to PM Raila Odinga the always controversial Miguna Miguna launched his explosive book this morning as the many enemies of Raila circled their prey anticipating the kill. The truth is that they are in for a big disappointment because in my view the book in fact boosts Raila’s image rather than doing any real damage to the man who many believe won the 2007 presidential polls.
While it is true that there are a lot of negative things said about the ODM presidential candidate in the book, the bottom line is that as a political weapon to discredit the man and paint him as a corrupt politician this narration attempts to take off but before gaining any height crashes and burns.
What does the reader feel after reading the last sentence and putting the book down? Most will feel that it was a good read and I dare add that what will poignantly remain on their minds will NOT be Raila’s corrupt ways but instead the kind of man one Mwai Kibaki really is. Many will not help but empathize with Raila because after having his sweet victory stolen away from him, Kibaki went on to rub salt on the sore wounds of the Langata legislator by making it a nightmare for Raila to operate in a government where he was in fact supposed to be an equal partner. Indeed to the credit of Raila he must have a really big heart to have gone through what he has suffered ever since he had the presidency stolen from him in broad daylight in early 2008.
Our brothers from the Luo community are reputed to be very petty and more concerned about prestige and their personal image and yet reading through the book it is the member for Othaya and the PNU side that come across as being petty going for the bigger and better rooms, using seating arrangements to put Raila down at every opportunity etc.
The excerpt at the top of this post speaks volumes and is probably one of the most unforgettable passages from Miguna’s book. A real shock when we were all sure it would be the inside details about Raila Odinga’s corrupt ways. Instead we get to see the human side of Raila. Who would imagine the tough guy who went through Moi's detention camps for political opponents, unscathed would be capable of breaking down and sobbing like a small child? This is bound to endear people more to him.
Interestingly the PM’s wife Ida Odinga does not fare so well. A single incident in the book where she ordered a ferry that was already half way to it’s destination back and then proceeded to eject several cars (including that of a cabinet minister) from it so that her entire entourage would be accommodated makes for some very interesting reading and paints the joint first lady in very poor light. Indeed she makes Lucy Kibaki look like some meek nun in a seminary.
P.S. Politicians boycotted the Miguna book launch today with only new Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan showing up. What message does that send forth? In my view the political class do not like exposes one bit and are very nervously observing this development.