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Mr President don’t listen, take a walk after 2022

By Kabando wa Kabando | September 20th 2020 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Hitherto fiercest rivals, detractors and enemies of President Uhuru Kenyatta are mischievously promoting the false narrative that he can be in office after 2022. None of them wants to speak truth to power.

Through their allies, they are cunningly giving Uhuru false comforts that “he will go nowhere”, or that he will donate “deep state” to them.

Also, his deputy won’t make the mistake of being seen to wish his boss a scheduled exit. All of them believe they will inherit the state machinery, the so-called instruments of deep state.

However, from a small hill straddling smaller ridges on the border of three mountainous counties of Kirinyaga, Gaki/Rware and Metumi, anyone caressing Uhuru that he’ll be in charge or part of the edifice post-2022 is simply offering aroma for ego massage, to ingratiate and endear.
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Those beckoning or grooming or entrapping President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider being in the ring again, in the votes run, in the power rumbles post 2022 are not doing any justice to him. They are enemies of Kenya. They are emasculators or the rule of law, rapists of justice and killers of our nascent democracy. They want to annihilate constitutionalism.

For we who have been privileged to play a core role in President Uhuru’s administration, we ask him to reject and dismiss these infertile calls. This is precisely because they are trying to bestow on him, contempt and disdain. Such suggestions are nondescript and stale.

Call for truce

The onus is on the President and party leader (oh, we forget that our leaking rickety Jubilee Party capsized!) to register and cement his image, reputation and legacy by mercilessly fighting runaway, endemic corruption and impunity.

If we were son of Jomo today, we would dismiss the gluttonous mandarins and mercilessly crack the whip on filthy stinking Cabinet.

He could then call for truce, form an inclusive transition government for national unity into 2022.

The prevailing din and notoriety would probably calm. And then, with clear horizons in sight, proudly exit the stage ensuring electoral justice. Of course President Uhuru may still be set to do this, or much more. Isn’t it good to still have hope, that there may be light at the end of the tunnel?

The president must be very careful about those in his corner right now. And he should even be more careful of the “support” he is receiving from sycophants of his erstwhile political nemesis. Aren’t they sadistically leading him the garden path? What irony! What paradox!

Those who speak how we are not friends to those who are ravenously extracting public coffers let them be. Looting has just turned into sadism. It is normal because greed and sycophancy are blind twins.

On the other hand, those spewing these unsolicited public “advisories” may be plunging into folly and enemies.

All said and done, Mr President is presently in an extremely unenviable space. In under 23 months, he must achieve, secure and even spur greatness. He is running late but it is still practically possible for the president to imbue inspiration, revive the economy and fortify the country. It is up to him and it is a privilege of duty and pride of legacy.

For us, we choose to still support our president as a patriotic duty. But first, let us say it as is, political scavengers and risk of being misunderstood or harmed, notwithstanding.

In the view and verdict of many, we are in perilous times. Unless a masterful hand steers the wheel to bring the ship back on course, doom lurks. Even hope preachers can easily admit that the State of the Nation is on the cliff, vulnerable to the brink of precipice.

And only one man has the mandate and the instruments to save us from impending disaster. Will he? Good Lord bless us, guide us and protect us.

-The writer is former MP for Mukurwe-ini.
Twitter: @wakabando


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