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"Mutua is our Obama" -Machakos voter-
2013 is bound to be remembered as the year when old politics started to crumble. Nothing illustrates this more brutally than what happened in Ukambani yesterday. While the country's attention was firmly focused on the by-elections in Bungoma and Bomachoge another by-election for a county assembly seat in Machakos saw an Alfred Mutua man win an election, almost by a landslide, against a man Kalonzo Musyoka had backed and campaigned for vigorously.
What???? Isn't Mutua that Man who senator Johnson Muthama described as a political novice and most analysts including this blogger agreed??
And even more surprising is the fact that all Governor Mutua did was to tell a rally 3 weeks ago that he preferred Oliver Nzeki of Chama cha Mapinduzi to the candidate being pushed by his own Wiper political party (Francis Ngunga). The word "preferred" coming from Mutua was more than enough for Machakos voters.
Meanwhile The Wiper party and CORD coalition spend money in big rallies and campaign events for their candidate. Mutua's candidate avoided rallies and embarked on a low key campaign that among other things reminded the voters of the governor's good word on his behalf.
Clearly the voters spoke loud and clear about who is calling the shots now in Ukambani and rather than it being their party leader it is the political "novice." WOW!!!
Amid all the controversies and old sins by the usual old suspects, the truth is that Kenyan politics is shifting dramatically from the old order. Fascinatingly while the business community has been quick to realize that the profile of the typical consumer in the country has changed so that chances of selling anything successfully without targeting the youth is now impossible, politicians in Ukambani have been a little slow in reading the writing on the wall. Most notably the Wiper party has continued to practice old vindictive petty politics.
For instance the party has been busy in recent weeks "revenging" against MPs who refused to step down for Kalonzo Musyoka to get back into parliament after CORD lost the presidential elections. This has been done by making such childish moves as frustrating the legislators and demanding that some of them resign their positions in house parliamentary committees.
In the old days such moves would excite Ukambani voters and give them plenty to gossip about (the Kamba love to gossip). Now it seems the effect is the opposite at best and in some cases may infuriate the people in Machakos.
For all intents and purposes it seems that Kalonzo Musyoka's political career is well and truly over. This has to be the beginning of the end for him.
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