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Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 15:26 EAT
I have a feeling that President Uhuru Kenyatta has mastered how to bait CORD. He knows that he has no explanation for his spectacular failures so his strategy is to make the opposition look worse than Jubilee, even more insane - and he is succeeding. I have no problem with anybody insulting the president. The man is “insultable”. I mean, if you constantly insult people, as Uhuru does, you should expect those whose heads are at your level to insult back. Plus, the constitution provides for a progressive Bill of Rights.
But insult, I suspect, isn’t what Uhuru fears because it isn’t what will earn CORD his disgruntled voters in Central Kenya and Rift Valley. He dreads most the keen analysis of the economic crimes of his government by Dr David Ndii, and that sort of contribution to the national intelligence. Last time when the disgraced political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi called Raila the 'Lord of Poverty', I pointed out that the man was a henchman sent to distract us from the corruption debate, thus he didn’t deserve the attention he got. Millie Odhiambo and Co. trained their eyes on Mutahi, insulted his whole being and forgot about the issue at hand.
To be fair to them, ODM MPs know what their base supporters want. As a Luo MP, if you rail against whoever mentions Raila until your voice becomes hoarse, you can comfortably go back to the voters and tell them how you are protecting Jakom from his enemies. You will be assured of getting both ODM ticket and a re-election without doing your legislative duties. It’s that low.
Now, Uhuru wouldn’t want anybody to methodically and consistently remind him of his unfulfilled promises- the one million annual jobs, five sports stadiums, 24-hour economy, etc. Instead, we have higher prices of goods, mind-spinning unemployment rate, runaway corruption, etc. Thus, CORD would do best to keep these issues in the minds of voters, and to display sanity in every national conversation.
In the United States over the last eight years of unprecedented Republican obstruction, whenever President Obama found himself running against a stubborn Congress, he talked to the American people, and always won. If CORD does the same, it will show that it respects us to make rational decisions and it will always win.
As expected, Moses Kuria has lowered the IEBC debate by threatening to “insert a beer broken bottle deep down that Mbita stinking chieth” (a reference to one of the cruelest sexual violence). Our voices, as a people, would be sucked into this insanity, denying us an opportunity to talk about the issues that are really affecting us- like the corruption in all counties. I am beginning to think that even CORD loves this distraction. It is helping the likes of Junet. We would do best to sidestep it
The writer is a political commentator based in Nairobi