Guest post by Kinuthia WaMwangi
For almost five years, some leaders have carried on a sustained hate campaign punctuated with vitriol, contempt and fractious politics.
It is not difficult to imagine that this has something to do with breach of trust based on a piece of paper known as the Memorandum of Understanding between individuals who agreed to share power in a certain fashion back in 2002.
It may also be based on a feeling of self-loss after an individual scored an own goal by uttering the phrase "Kibaki Tosha." This quixotic self-deceit that one denied oneself the chance to be in State House undermines the intelligence of voters who overwhelmingly chose the person they wanted to occupy it.
Unfortunately, the deceit was packaged and delivered to Kenyans who swallowed it lock, stock and barrel. It has been used to peddle a regime-change campaign full of vitriol.
FAST BACKWARDS TO EARLY 2003
The media led the way by praising the rational distribution of government posts according to diverse national interests, but this
Was rebutted by the individuals who felt they had lost. They immediately started bad-mouthing the fledgling Government. Lack of goodwill among the leaders ensured the Government lurched from one crisis to another. Some Government ministers ignored collegiate responsibility and openly refused to carry out their mandates, while blaming the Government for not carrying out its electoral promises.
The contest was actualized through the constitutional review process which gave an opportunity to the disputants to remove their velvet gloves and tackle each other with bare knuckles. This was seen as an opportunity to exact revenge. On Monday, August 13, Mr Raila Odinga gave a TV and radio interview in which he defined the Orange Movement as social democracy. He described social democracy as the provision of better infrastructure in the form of roads and railway extensions, conversion of Mombasa into a free port, promotion of private-public partnerships as catalysts of development, free secondary education, improvement of the quality of primary education, and promulgation of laws to facilitate devolution of power and resources to the local levels of government. He also promised to raise economic growth to 10 per cent.
This is a regurgitation of the Kibaki Government's programmes. There is nothing new. The railways system is now in private hands, thus promoting public-private partnerships. The company has undertaken to revamp the railway system in Kenya and Uganda with new extensions. A new railway line is earmarked for southern Sudan.
The Government intends to make Mombasa a free port. It will also connect Kenya to the Southern Sudan through a new port in Lamu. Kisumu will also become a major inland port. There will be free secondary education in 2008. New teachers will be employed to improve the quality of primary education.
The latest projections show that the economy will hit the 10 per cent mark before 2009 under the Kibaki Government. The Draft Constitution, which Mr Odinga dismissed as takataka (rubbish), contained the best devolved government structures. It was also a women's constitution.
Courtesy of Mr Odinga and his Orange Movement, Kenyans threw away
The baby with the bath water. Women lost everything they ever hoped to
gain. Orange is neither a movement nor an ideology but a Trojan horse
used to acquire raw power. It should be seen for what it is.
THE CREATION OF ETHNIC coalitions to isolate and exclude the perceived ruling ethnic cluster achieved by dangling a fake carrot of presidential candidacy from each tribal grouping. Unleashing of propaganda on the failure of Government. Sabotage of Government efforts both inside and outside the country to show that it has failed.
Doublespeak where both consensus and election mean unilateral declaration. The creation of provincial presidential candidates was a Machiavellian design for searching and destroying prospective hopefuls from all regions.
The Orange is a coalition of wedges bound together by an outer skin. Each wedge is a complete entity. The Orange has shed the skin and the wedges are claiming their individual identity one by one. Mr Kalonzo Musyoka has shown the way.
Others will follow. The bubble has burst and what we are witnessing is a Tower of Babel.
Mr Wamwangi is a lawyer and an expert on regional local government.
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