Tag Archives: Leadership

Dubious Independent Candidates: Kenya in August 8th 2017

Politics can be a game of silent killers. In Kenya, there is a new breed of politicians coming to the fore due to the nature of the new Katiba. They are called the independent candidates. I guess you are familiar with the rule that if one finds that the philosophies of a given party are not palatable to their ideologies, then they can opt out joining the parties and run for elective posts as independent candidates.

It is now incumbent upon my mind that independent candidates are a mysterious bunch of political hang-coats (but not all of them). The term independent candidate in my mind conjures an image of a person who is not affiliated to any political party in terms of membership, association, or ideology. That is just a rough shod definition, but suffice is to say, independent candidates should not be backed by any political party machinery neither should they align themselves to any in whatever manner.

The description above is for the pure independent candidates who considered running for elective posts long before the 90 day window period of registering as one lapsed. These are the men and women who looked at the elections, let me say six months before the elections, and decided that the vile ideologies of NASA and Jubilee parties were not in tandem with their principles and beliefs in exercising their political freedom.

This are the gentlemen and ladies who subdued the very desire to be affiliated to any political fraternity masquerading as political parties out to sale their agendas to the populace in return for a promise of a vote.

And that is where the story ends with the original independent candidates.

The rest emerged after the political party primaries were concluded. They were the victims of the electorate irked to do away with their manifestos and bludgeoning promises of a harvest of goody goodies in case they get elected or for incumbents, what they have so far failed miserably to deliver. Among this group are those by all means so fair ethically and morally could not carry the day for them.

After the party primaries, having been so gracefully rejected, they conspired with the loopholes of the law and saw another option that seemed lucrative for them. The lure of independent candidacy… Within this group, they proclaim to the mountains and the voters that they were unfairly rigged out but will support the either Uhuru Mugai Kenyatta or Raila Amollo Odinga.

Seriously, do you call this bunch of political nomads independent candidates? Stock within this warehouse includes the names of William Kabogo and Achillo Ayacko. These were Jubilee and NASA failures in their party primaries en mass, the rejected lot whose manifestos were invalidated at the party primaries. There is no way this two can certify the general rule and loose defining terms of independent candidates.

They are the hang-coats who are assured that by supporting the political supremos who command the fortunes of votes in their political storms, they stand a chance opf redemption at the ballot casting scheduled for August 8th of this year. How then will someone convince me that they are non-partisan politicians who are out to redeem themselves as independent candidates with their obvious non-partisan politics?

The third bunches of independent candidates are the spoilers. They are operating on someone else budget and hence stand to lose nothing. If anything they have everything to gain. Their masters may have sensed a rough time in the coming turbulent political storms brewing towards the coastline of August. Knowing too well that sheltered enclaves are so few, they secure the services of independent candidates to they can claim some crumbs or chunks of bread from their opponent’s strongholds.

I may not have the facts but they are the ones who may have been bought to stand as presidential candidates from Western Kenya to scuttle the Luhya votes in favor of Jubilee, another one is from Embu who is running as a presidential candidate, may be at the behest of NASA to the detriment of Jubilee.

The last bunches of independent candidates are the idiots. This single group of the independent candidates is aware they have no fortunes at all in their candidacy. I consider Phillip Murgor as one of them had he not shelved his plans to run as a presidential candidate. They know too well lady fortune will not smile at them, they have no political mechanization and they are greenhorns in the dirty political games in which they are foraying.

Nexus of Mediocrity in Leadership and the Governance in Kenya- The Inept Mr. President

Approximately 45 months ago, as a nation, we brought in a new class of tumbocrats to the echelons of power in Kenya. They held the promise of kusema na kutender and flagged their development agenda on a high flying start.

Meritocracy was a language the two boys had promised tooth over nail to deliver, and to shun ethnic-inclined policies and tribal jingoism, in addition to executing nepotisms from the mantra of Kenyan policies and national ideologies. 45 months down the lane, they remain the very pinnacles of the Jubilee establishment that lends no goodwill to the sober political inclusivistic nationalism that was enshrined in the New Constitution.

The notion of patriotic Kenyans has been mapped into two distinct groups that show that tribal hegemony still holds sway in Kenyan politics. For clarity and disambiguation my insinuation of the two boys and their parliamentary choir master means Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, William Samoei Ruto and one funny Aden Duale. This three have become the masters of chronic inaction by the executive arm of the government and its tyranny of numbers in Parliament to propagate and sustain a meaningful war on corruption, tribalism, ujingaism, upumbavucrasy and a host of other vices that undermine the true spirit of the Kenyan Constitution.

It is with regret that they have managed to entrench voter apathy to people who see the exercise of democratic elections as a futile attempt towards bringing meaningful change. The divergence of voter apathy in areas pro-opposition zones from voting was a good attempt at locking their fervent supporters to the ballot and disenfranchising their fanatical opponents from the very same destiny. The Two Boys and One Parrot had a strange belief that the entrapment of the ICC was their silver bullet to State House again.

They had the chance to go ballistic with nationalistic agenda that could have endeared them to the masses regardless of their political divide after 2013 election debacle, also made a farce by the Supreme Court arbitration of the election dispute. The ICC holds no sway anymore, and the agenda of the next election should be steered away from such topical maladies in our political thoughts as citizens of this country. Instead the boys and the parrot should recline themselves to policy evaluations and align themselves to political changes that may or may not favour them.

These boys and their parrot must rally to convince Kenyans that they are no longer swimming with the ghost of ICC after-tastes but completely focused to a new ideological dispensation that is all inclusive to all Kenyans. They must demonstrate that it is never too late to design a new approach in a storm, must prove that their versatility is not about preservation of the old status quo, because agreeing the status quo is an express approval of a constant slide into the abyss of socio-economic doom and economic turmoil as a country.

What Kenyans need now is not a shouting match of who knows how to head bash his political opponents, or the constant shouting of how their political nemesis Tinga is responsible for all corrupt acts in Kenya when they are in the very seat of power unto which they can direct relevant organs to get the truth. Blaming Raila for your failures Mr. President, is an implied approval that Raila is in control of what you have failed to do with all the powers conferred to you by the Constitution.

At this juncture the question that begs an answer is why again vie for another term when being the incumbent you already threw in the towel against the war on corruption? “Mnataka nifanye nini?” was the most nonsensical question ever posed by Kenyan’s incumbent president. On the other side Kenyans should stop fooling themselves that the president is not bad, that it is the power barons who surround him. Hell forbid and heaven forgive them if they do not know what they are doing. Birds of the same feathers flock together, the president’s pools of advisors, and his kitchen cabinet, are his focal points of judgement and important decision-making ventures he has to undertake. If he listens to them without reference to any other checks and balances, then he must shoulder the blame.

In a multi-party democracy the opposition will always plan how to oust the incumbent regime using the power of the voter, and that is by itself the promise of accountability. For any democracy to be effective, issues of loyalty and honesty to a political cause are paramount, but not based on tribal tags and whimsical buccaneering. Kenyans as voting-empowered citizens should be able to look beyond their tribal orientation and project free and authoritative independent minds in the political decisions they make.

The slogan “We must have one of our own to eat the national cake” is an utterly horrendous act intent to ‘stupidify’ unification of 42 tribes into a single national fabric called Kenya. So Mr. President, clean up your acts and start treating your opponents with decorum and dignity. More Kenyans are disdained by the unrelenting verbal tirades being traded by both sides of the political divide.

8 months in the political arena is too long a period. The opposition should not celebrate even an iota with the coveted NASA; Africans have a history that favours incumbents from inches to light-years in resources, sleazy treachery, time and distance. Yaya Jahmme of Gambia has a story tell, Kibaki played part in solidifying that element in African history, and Museveni propagates it with political brutality, not forgetting Mugabe and Kigame. So Mr President, have you lost the war on corruption, tribalism and divisive political mechanization to use this underhand tactics to avoid being a first-term president?