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Is the referendum campaign dead in the water now?
This is the question on the mind of most political analysts.
The ruthless neutralization of the main face of the push for the referendum one Isaac Ruto has left many dumbfounded. Read this earlier Kumekucha article on how it was done.
Not that Deputy President William Ruto did not warn Jubilee renegades several times that they would face
dire consequences should they fail to disassociate themselves from the
push for a referendum spearheaded by the opposition. Now he has made good his promise, or so it appears. And anybody feeling the pain now was warned.
Still, it is not in Isaac Ruto's character to remain cowed. Anybody who has closely followed his politics for any length of time will tell you that. And so whatever it is that they have used to silence him, you can be sure he will find a way to hit back which will muddy the waters even more. The two Rutos (Isaac and William) have faced off many times before and the truth is that Isaac has come out as the more persuasive and convincing debator in this referendum issue that has so dominated our news in recent days, even putting more pressing and urgent matters like insecurity in the back burner.
As we continue to carefully analyze developments on this issue over the next few days, there is plenty of truisms we must appreciate.
CORD will NOT quit.
The people of Kenya will NOT quit in asking for more money to go to the counties.
The JUBILEE government will not lie down and watch money (replace that word with "power" where this issue of funds is concerned) being snatched from them and taken to the grassroots.
But surely something will have to give at the end of the day... will it not??