December 12th 2017

Opinion / Commentaries

Of our current leaders, Raila Odinga alone has revolutionary pedigree, but can he deliver it?

The emergence of lumpen rag-tag and self-styled politicians like Sonko, Waititu, Joho, Maina Njenga could be a protest against the betrayal by the learned and propertied in society like Kidero, Nyong'o, Kiraitu, Saitoti etc but also due to the macho and daredevil bravery by these lumpen politicians.

By Cyprian NyamwamuTuesday, 02 May 2017 14:32 EAT

Raila being arrested in connection with the 1982 coup.

It's the work of the intelligentsia and the workers of every nation to liberate their nations by forging horizontal broad-based alliances across ethnic, racial, religious, professional, party or other parochial divides to create a new just, rewarding and productive system that secures dignity for all. Because this election is now very close, and Kenyans generally agree that the ruling Jubilee Party represents a worsening of the economy and social conditions of the majority of Kenyans, I am of the view that we begin to lay the foundation for Kenya's Third Liberation.

In my Year Three Comparative Political sociology, we realized that almost all despots have been from poor and deprived backgrounds. Remember Jean Bokasa, Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi, Iddi Amin, Mengistu Mariam, now Robert Mugabe, Yoweri Museveni, Pierre Nkurunzinza and Jacob Zuma?

Which is why I fear William Ruto, Hassan Joho, Kalonzo Musyoka, etc and this is me speaking as a son of a worker and a peasant mother. Revolutionaries like Fidel Castro, Fredrick Engels, Nelson Mandela etc were sons of privilege who committed class suicide to institute fundamental change. Uhuru Kenyatta has defied this analysis because of his ICC trials and sustainence of the status quo throughout his presidency.

No evidence supports the theory that the Sonkos of this world have a vision or theory of change that will deliver the Kenya we want. It's a fact, and evidence shows that it's the intelligentsia working with the workers or sometimes sons and daughters of wealthy people who decide to reject the status quo for its unsustainable nature to their class or collective interests, to give direction to struggles for liberation of their nations. If Raila was not Jaramogi 's son he would have been hanged in 1982.

I say this at this stage because there seems to be emerging a proclivity by the masses to love lumpen rag-tag and self-styled politicians like Sonko, Waititu, Joho, Maina Njenga etc. Which may be a protest against the betrayal by the learned and propertied in society like Kidero, Anyang Nyong'o, Kiraitu, Saitoti, most governors etc but also due to the sheer macho and daredevil bravery displayed by these lumpen politicians.

In short, those with a clear desire to build a better Kenya need to urgently offer Kenya an organizational framework for liberation from suffering and humiliation in poverty and insecurity.

The writer is a good governance campaigner and CEO, Future of Kenya Foundation





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