May 30th 2017

Opinion / Commentaries

Don't crucify Nyenze, Jakoyo and Luo Mafia are worst enemies of NASA unity

When Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho undertook to lead Raila Odinga’s presidential campaigns and started hosting countrywide rallies for our candidate, the same Luo mafia in ODM started a vicious war to fight Joho and to undermine his efforts.

By Phil WesongaSaturday, 01 Apr 2017 11:25 EAT

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo.

Luo supremacist and Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has been finally named by NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka as the one who provoked Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze into making unreasonable and uncharacteristic remarks on Wiper Party’s continued stay in NASA.

In my view, unless loose canons like Jakoyo are put on a leash and slapped with a gag order, then the difficulties being experienced in NASA coalition building efforts by the Joint Management Committee will come to naught. If the NASA Coalition implodes because of petty ethnic considerations and selfish commercial interests, then the dream of millions of Kenyans will also go to waste.

Many people fear Jakoyo as a purported member of Raila Odinga’s kitchen cabinet. The reality, however, is quite the opposite. Very few in ODM can openly talk about Jakoyo's own night indiscretions with Jubilee leaders.

When Musalia Mudavadi unexpectedly defected from ODM in 2012, his camp attributed their exit to pressure from ODM Luo-mafia led by Jakoyo who made many unsavoury comments about their man. Five years later, the hawks are back and busy rocking the NASA boat from within.

They are not paying attention to the more difficult task of remaining united so as to dislodge Jubilee from power. Jakoyo is mesmerised by short term benefits he derives whilst Raila remains in opposition and cannot just see the bigger picture. Is it because he does dirty business with Jubilee and would prefer the status quo to remain?

When Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho undertook to lead Raila Odinga’s presidential campaigns and started hosting countrywide rallies for our candidate, the same Luo mafia in ODM started a vicious war to fight Joho and to undermine his efforts. That's how extreme these fellows are.

If no one is going to call out the Jakoyo Midiwos of this world, we will.

The writer is an ODM activist and blogger.





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