Big Man syndrome: Is it back to the bad past?
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's tax gamble that enraged KenyansInfuriated by the Court’s decision, the Jubilee side called the judges all sorts of mean names. They termed it a ‘judicial coup’, an overturn of ‘the sovereign will of the people’ and a decision by a few wakora (swindlers) and promised to straighten the Judiciary once they win back their “stolen victory” in the impending fresh elections. Essentially the Court decision provided a reality check for the push to dictatorship and marks the turning point of President Kenyatta’s rule. In reaction to the Court decision Jubilee administration is not going to tolerate any independent institution. In order to consolidate power and be in charge of everything all executive and non-executive institutions are or will be targeted. At the Executive level, for things to run smoothly, the Big Man shall need friendly institutions starting with a friendly police force and friendly security organs. Then he will require friendly ‘independent institutions’ like IEBC, IPOA and the like. Institutions with administrative or sectorial police power like Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK), the NGO Coordination Board must also be user friendly to the Big Man. Still within government, the Big Man will require a friendly Judiciary and a friendly Legislature. It is obvious what a friendly Judiciary is. Whenever Jubilee lost any case related to the August 8 elections and its aftermath, regardless of law or facts, the judgement was branded pro-NASA. We are looking for a situation where all judgments should be pro-Jubilee that’s when you respect ‘the sovereign will of the people’. Currently the Judiciary is considered as the only weapon the Opposition is using against the government. We all know what would be done to achieve the ideal status; there’d be purges. It is well known that if you are against any judgement you should appeal against it or use any other legal avenue; writing a complaint letter is not it. Jubilee’s accusatory letter to the Chief Justice about anti-Jubilee judges and judgements was just the kick-off of project Big Man. More is likely to follow. Control over MPs
SEE ALSO :Investors get nod for SGR extensionLastly, there would be no anti-government social movement. Any trade union calling for a strike and disrupting the economy would be anti-government. All NGOs should not participate in subversive activities or else, their accounts would be frozen or they’d be de-registered by the ardent NGO Coordination Board. All professional bodies like the LSK and Kenya Editors’ Guild should be compliant if not affiliated to Jubilee party. The story will not end there. The more Jubilee would try to do these things, the more things are bound to get out of hands. It is contradictory that UhuRuto first campaigned, in 2013, on a ‘digital’ platform. They presented themselves as the youthful pair that would mark the departure with past ways of running government. On the contrary, they quickly came through as the epigones of the past bent on returning Kenya to the dark past. But this generation of Kenyans is different. Kenyans of today are informed and self-motivated. They are not the type to bow to patriarchy. They don’t do as the parents have said; they question and say no to their parents. Obviously, they’ll say no to Jubilee and that is going to be a different story. Mr K’Akumu is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nairobi. The views expressed here are personal