May 27th 2017

Opinion / Commentaries

In support of NASA: The choice between Raila and Uhuru is like day and night

The Jubilee leadership is more concerned with ‘tenderprenuership’ – awarding and empowering only their own cronies. We should work and sacrifice to have leadership that will not borrow loans beyond our ability to repay while much of the loans go to people’s pockets.

By Bonface MitamboSunday, 30 Apr 2017 15:26 EAT

Mr Odinga holds hands with his deputy presidential running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.

Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze has electrified the anti-Raila camp by stating that the Kamba community is disappointed with the National Super Alliance (NASA) line-up since their leader Kalonzo Musyoka was bypassed when Raila Odinga was made the presidential candidate.

However, this contention is childish. We can’t please everyone in NASA. The ticket had to go to one of the four principals in NASA so if anyone thinks it should have gone to Kalonzo alone or Musalia or Wetangula or even Isaac Ruto, such persons should just go and vote for Jubilee to continue looting Kenya; it’s their democratic right.

The Kamba community alone can't take Mr Musyoka to State House, nor can the Luyhas take Mudavadi or Wetangula there, or the Luos with Raila Odinga.

We Kenyans must start reasoning like one nation and not like tribal dynasties. If you look at how many leaders were voted out in ongoing party nominations, you will agree with me that our voters are becoming more civically minded and applying the same when nature gives them the opportunity to make choices.

The same standard of discarding failed leaders must be applied at national level. We should stop this habit of voting in our close tribal chiefs and start putting our country’s unity, togetherness, development and democratic progress first before our tribal interests.

American voters last year did it by refusing to be blackmailed by Obama's regime, they knew who their choice was (Donald Trump) even though the government, polls, media houses, and the rest of the political establishment preferred Hillary Clinton. Trump was their best candidate and they focused on electing him and did not entertain political propaganda.

The same should happen here in Kenya. We don't need a leader who divides the country on tribal lines, who is always traveling abroad, who has failed to transform the country even as his government is privatizing everything from the power sector to transport.

The Jubilee leadership is more concerned with ‘tenderprenuership’ – awarding and empowering only their own cronies. We should work and sacrifice to have leadership that will not borrow loans beyond our ability to repay while much of the loans go to people’s pockets.

While I am very much in support of NASA, I also believe that voters should not be dictated to as to whom to elect even at MCA level. Voters should be at liberty to reward candidates based on their personal track records rather than party lines.

Those who are criticizing this choice forget that even if NASA had conducted primaries, it would most likely have given the same results especially with Raila who would have still won.

To me, the best combination would have been a Mudavadi/Musyoka, but now that it didn’t materialize, I have had to do comparison of what we have at hand (Raila vs Uhuru) just like the Americans did in 2016.

The writer is an independent political commentator.





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