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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kibaki Has A Ball Seeing Through The Transparent Dressing of MPs


Yesterday Mwai Kibaki sat in parliament and bathed in the glow of tributes from various legislators across the political divide.

For anybody who has followed the president’s career closely it is not too difficult to guess some of the thoughts that were passing through his mind as he listened to the wolves in sheep’s clothing trying to outdo each other on who would give the most glowing send-off to Number 3 as he completes his second and widely believed to be fraudulent term.

The president of the banana republic receives regular intelligence reports. The reports usually leave out nothing and include who is sleeping with whom and what they said about him as well as what derogatory nickname they usually use to refer to him. That would explain the amused expression that he had on his face most of the time yesterday.

Kibaki is obviously a very different man from the legislator who used to command close attention whenever he stood up to contribute to various debates in the August house. He talks much more slowly these days and walks at a snails’ pace. When he sits down he does so rather heavily. The combination of a terrible accident that almost ended his life about 2 weeks before he was elected in 2002 is probably what is most responsible for the ill health that has dogged his presidency. Thankfully he is the last president who will ever be able to keep his health such a closely guarded state secret. We have our new constitution to thank for that. But there is no denying that the pressures of the office have also taken their toll on Emilio Stanley the staunch lifelong Catholic.

The presidency the world over always appears to be a much easier job until you get to sit on the hot seat yourself. There is plenty of evidence to prove that the president looked down on Moi’s presidency considering him a shallow uneducated man with no university degree who did not deserve to be president. And yet it was to Moi that he turned to help stabilize his shaky government barely a year into his presidency.
No 2 and No 3 have been very close since and there is little doubt that Kibaki’s respect for the Moi presidency has increased tremendously in the last 10 years. His preference for a schooled man over a street smart operator have prevailed though. Hardly surprising when you consider the fact that he would never have gotten anywhere near where he is minus his educational credentials which were rather high and rare in 1960 when the KANU party fetched him from Makerere to be the party's first executive officer.

Clearly Moi was extremely street smart and very disciplined getting up at 4 am every morning. Moi made his decisions quickly and was always the kind of person who could think on his feet. In sharp contrast Kibaki rarely gets out of bed before 11am and often has a siesta in the middle of the day. Indeed he was late by over an hour even for his big day in parliament yesterday. Kibaki’s decision-making prowess has been non-existent and way too slow at best.

Many of those who stood to speak in parliament yesterday recalled various contributions the president made at the height of his parliamentary career. Personally I find it difficult to remove from my mind his famous Mugumo-tree-and-razorblade quip at the height of the fight for a return to multiparty democracy in the 90s against Daniel arap Moi’s dictatorial rule. Kibaki told legislators then trying to fight Moi that what they were attempting to do was akin to trying to cut down a Mugumo tree with a small razor blade. A Mugumo tree is that thick huge old tree that will often defy even an electric saw.

That particular comment stands out on my mind and tells a lot about the kind of person Kibaki is. It is interesting that those who busied themselves trying to cut the Mugumo tree with a razor finally managed but paid a big price for it. Some are dead and others like Kenneth Njindo Matiba have been maimed for life. But Kibaki remained in his comfortable non-committal cocoon and only emerged to cash in on the efforts of others.

Still the truth is that Kenya has changed tremendously under Kibaki and he was the perfect president to prepare Kenya for the next level. Everybody talks about the infrastructural changes that are visible all over the country. Sadly some Kenyans blinded by tribal hatred and the political heat of the moment can hardly see what is pretty obvious.

This blog has been rabidly critical of the Kibaki presidency but today I have chosen to tone down that criticism and have a little empathy for the outgoing member for Othaya. In many ways one of the reasons why he has not achieved half of what he would have achieved has to be blamed on Raila Odinga whom many say did not allow the old man to rule and work for Kenyans in peace. I partially agree with that sentiment but also marvel at how a man who hated politicking so much would rise to the most powerful office in the land still a novice on the basics of a political dog fight.

Mr President, Kumekucha wishes you a happy peaceful retirement and would like to thank you for what you were able to do under rather trying circumstances. Let history be the judge.

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6 comments:

Taabu said...

Chris,

After Mugumo tree vs razor blade how dare you forget EXECUTIVE FOUL MOOD? You must be suffering acute bout of sellective amnesia.

But again I do understand now that you have been nominated as the spokesman for the REAL Jubilee coalition. No wonder you have a spot for Mzee Moi now that Giddy is running mate presumtive.

Good luck as you rival Luka's new job as speechwriter to Mama Winnie.

kumekucha said...

Merry Christmas fellow pensioner and happy new year.

Was wondering whether I can share the changaa you usually purchase for one of the most favoured women in your life?

Luke said...

Chris,
men who steal your wallet also empty it before helping you look for it then rejoice more than the owner when its found or.....?just curious bro

Taabu,
true or false WOPORK (Wife Of P.O.R.K) is both an official and unofficial position?just curious bro

Anonymous said...

Chris,

It goes without saying that we, the people of Jamuhuri are who we are and what we have always been in the last forty-nine years, and it is going to take another ten to twenty years to reverse our collective mentality.

By the way, are some of us really sure that Mzee Mwai Kibaki remained in his comfortable non-committal cocoon and only emerged to cash in on the efforts of others?

And have we already forgotten the harsh lessons of history, lest we also forget one adage that cautions us, kwa mwoga huenda kicheko na kwa shujaa huenda kilio?

Mzee Mwai Kibaki has been called all sorts of names and nicknames, Jemedari Mwoga being one of them, however, he did prove all of his critics wrong when he put his foot down, stood his ground and ordered his troops to take the fight right to the door steps and backyards of those 'trouble makers' in the north-east who were bent on creating havoc throughout the country.

As we ll known by now, anyone who has lived has done things for which they deserve condemnation as well as some ounce of praise, credit if you will.

Maybe condemnation is not the word we use, but surely blame and guilt are the words we use in our so-called traditional art of scapegoating, Kenya style.

And that is one of the many reasons why Mzee Mwai Kibaki was singled out for unmerited negative treatment, comments, jokes and blame for everything that may seem to have gone wrong during his ten year reign.

However, all of us are deserving of some condemnation, and if there is a sixteen seat matatu load of guilt for the things we have done, there is surely a whole eighteen wheeler of guilt for the things we have left undone since the 2002 general election.

All things taken into account, there are those among who may think otherwise due to whatever reaosns, however, Mzee Mwai Kibaki seems to have been the lesser of the two evils given what we all know by now as well as what the country have been put through in the last ten years.

With regard to the issue of stealing - rustling - the 2007 general election, both sides got their hands very dirty, and it would be better to leave it up to history to issue the judicial declaration of guilt or innocence in the people's court that will have the impartiality to judge Mzee Mwai Kibaki for what he did and did not do as the 3rd-POK.

In the meantime, we, the people, can't wait to load it over the next whipping president - the fall guy aka Mr. Convenient Scapegoat, from 2013 to 2022.

All the best to Mzee Mwai Kibaki.

Mwarang'ethe said...

"That particular comment stands out on my mind and tells a lot about the kind of person Kibaki is. It is interesting that those who busied themselves trying to cut the Mugumo tree with a razor finally managed but paid a big price for it. Some are dead and others like Kenneth Njindo Matiba have been maimed for life. But Kibaki remained in his comfortable non-committal cocoon and only emerged to cash in on the efforts of others."

xxx

From the early 1960's, there have been two "schools of thought" in the Kenyan politics:

(a) One school has been that of trickle down economy.

In that school, you will find Kenyatta, Mboya, Kibaki, Moi and men like MATIBA.

So, there is no material difference between Kibaki and Matiba if one knows this history well as opposed to cheap bar talk.

NB: Check Matiba's statements on his INTENT in the 1990's and you shall know this truth.

(b) The re distributive school of thought.

In this school, you would find Oginga, J.M. Kariuki and Raila, THEM DAYS.

NB: About J.M. Kariuki, find out about his friends and you find that, he was not of the redistributive school as such.

That is why for instance, before the 1975 OPIUM SESSION, he kept silent in Parliament for 3 months because of a DEAL he had with Moi and Njonjo and Kibaki since Kibaki and Moi were together.

xxxx

"Everybody talks about the infrastructural changes that are visible all over the country. Sadly some Kenyans blinded by tribal hatred and the political heat of the moment can hardly see what is pretty obvious."

Another of the CHEAP BAR talk.

How do we expect to pay for these roads etc? By exporting that USELESS coffee of ours.

Aha! How is that coffee doing? We are hearing this:

"... Coffee prices have fallen by almost half since January, from a high of Sh26,889 ($320.11) per 50kg bag to Sh12,348 in September."

So, we inquire, where shall the money for paying and maintaining these roads come from?

That is the kind of ANALYSIS we expect from BLOGGERS and not repetition of IDLE GOSSIPS from the mainstream USELESS media and bars.

xxx

We may add something else. Just a few days ago, the Kenyan Government signed some FOREIGN LOANS.

These FOREIGN LOANS, will be LOANED to some LOCAL BANKS by the KENYAN GOVERNMENT.

The first thing ought to note is this. We are told by the Kibaki's school that, the state has no role in business. So, why is this happening?

More so, we have "HEALTHY" banks like the KCB led by OUR BRIGHTEST and SHARPEST PENCILS in the box.

So, why is that, PEANUT loans to the MOST PRODUCTIVE SECTOR of our economy, i.e. RURAL AGRICULTURE has become dependent on FOREIGN LOANS procured by the Government which has NO ROLE IN THE BUSINESS?

These are the ISSUES we would expect from SERIOUS ANALYSTS. Lakini wapi?

Anyway, as usual, we are off to enjoy:

Kenya Ya Ngai:

Why Are They Selling Kenya?

If there are debts, let us be told we pay,

for the OLD DEBTS we paid with TOO MUCH BLOOD:

http://is.gd/rY3ZaR





Anonymous said...

Mzee Mwai Kibaki's ribs must be cracking with laughter as he continues to view the transparent political outfits of the bigwigs ganged under the canopied TNA's seasonal stand. [That caption is worth a million laughters).

Kumekucha has just exposed one of the eight main corner nails that need to be hammered into three of our nation's coffins; i) a climate of political business as usual, ii) gimmickry during general-election, and iii) an overly subdued and passive citizenry.

That portrait, yes!, that one over there with a red TNA emblem in the backyard is a 400% factual representation of what the 75% of Kenyan children from all walks life really resemble in Kenya of December, 2012.

Similar depiction could settled very well in the midst of party bigwigs from the other side of political devide with their signature - ODM - orange banner screaming loud and clear in the background.

Whether we like it or not, that is a 400% portraiture of abject poverty that still remains part and parcel of our society, the so-called an inconvenient truth about ourselves as a people of 42 nations co-existing under one nation where the 10% - cohorts of Kenyan elite and foreign economic hitmen - of the previleged few continue to excessively bleed the country at the expense of the citizenry.

The portaiture of abject poverty is an inconnvenient truth that we as a people have failed to acknowledge and at the same time embrace as a pratical political weapon to be used against the status quo and political mercenaries, as we brace ourselves for the March general-election.

On the other hand, what does the protraiture in question really reveal about the pathology of nation's politics and way of life for the 75%?

We, the people, know very well how, where and when the abject failures have came about, and who among us are responsible for what the current political pathology reveals about our 49-year-old nation.

The real issue is how we as a people are going to heal as a nation, fill the information gap, explore many ways in which the country is going to meet the challenges ahead with remarkable defenses and restorative political, economic and social powers, and how, to remedy the situation in some cases, when the nation may either fail - once again - or overreact as was the very unfortunate cases in 2002 and 2007.

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