Stop whining about the non-issues and take up position Raila vacated
SEE ALSO :Western leaders in fresh unity promiseMalignant factor The newest hotshot ‘scientist’ on the block is Rashid Echesa. If he isn’t a quack, he is the veritable Luhya unity’s black hole. Through deed and word, Echesa comes through as one who lacks the temperament, guile, political intelligence, foresight and character to bring Luhyas together. He projects the image of impulsiveness; unmeasured in his pronouncements. Obviously he has never heard of the caution not to burn one’s bridges. Who knows, it might be necessary to cross those bridges at a later date. While the law and the dictates of common sense require Cabinet secretaries to be apolitical because of the nature of their jobs, Echesa would rather indulge, and his favourite pastime is throwing invective at his mentor-turned-foe Raila Odinga. It is unfortunate that a Cabinet secretary would demean himself in public by using derogatory, even tribal slants such as ‘wajaluo’, to demonise a community, yet his differences are with just one person. At what point did the collective ‘wajaluo’ take away the Senate minority leadership role from Moses Wetang’ula? It is trite to continually blame others for our inadequacies and shortcomings. By deciding to work with the Jubilee administration, Raila left a vacancy in the opposition ranks that should have been taken up pronto, but it has not happened and all we get are recriminations. The growing narrative of a moribund opposition in Kenya vindicates the allegory by some citizens that Raila Odinga is Kenya’s epitome of the opposition struggle. Yawning space That narrative serves to confirm that politicians who have over time projected themselves as champions of citizens’ rights have indeed been flower girls. Simply put, they lack the spine. Wasn’t Raila’s abdication of the opposition kingpin’s role a golden opportunity for someone else to inveigle himself in the yawning space? Where is the self-proclaimed opposition leader Ekuru Aukot, the sole challenger of Uhuru in the repeat October 2017 elections? Having tried so hard to prove he was indeed an ‘equal opposition principal’ and shown he was averse to Raila being called ‘leader of the opposition’, why is Wetang’ula so upset instead of proving his mettle? Why has the amiable, non-vitriolic Musalia Mudavadi chosen to be philosophical? Are these gentlemen timid, unsure of themselves without Raila to hold their hands? Do they only feel strong under the wings of Raila? I believe not. As rightly put, a functional opposition is not about running street battles with the police. Our body politic is designed in such a way that in terms of generating real change, the opposition is hamstrung. And because, as Niccolo Machiavelli put it: “Politics have no relation to morals”, those outside the Jubilee ambit should stop philosophising. The only effective weapon at the opposition’s disposal is its voice; a voice it must use to shout about ills in society and create such din around the Government that it must be listened to. The opposition must be full of bravado and drama just to make the Government aware that someone is watching it, and to occasionally draw the attention of our international friends when the Government goes overboard. We need all the Nelson Chamisas, Kizza Besigyes and Stella Nyanzis we can possibly put together. But behind such deliberate ruckus, there must be an ideology. I put my hope of resuscitating Kenya’s opposition on Musalia Mudavadi. Sir, you can and should do it. Get your kinsmen to understand that while they are busy jostling over some restrictive, hegemonic phantom called Luhya unity, others are seeing the bigger picture. Mr Chagema is a correspondent at The Standard. [email protected]
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