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President lying to Kenyans about the new Jubilee Party

21 December 2015, 08:06 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

The long-lasting feud and bad-blood between the Odingas and the Kenyattas did not begin yesterday, and so is the case with Kalenjin-Kikuyu ‘political marriage’.

It was Moi who saved the then endangered boat ferrying Kenyatta and his cronies in what was fast becoming an unpredictable sea hugely prone to political storms thanks to Odinga-led KADU. The KANU’s quest to embrace a central government system was met with stiff opposition from many KADU political bigwigs which was a de facto representative of the perceived minorities.

When Mzee Kenyatta and Jaramogi Odinga finally walked separate ways, prompting the latter to write the infamous book titled ‘Not Yet Uhuru,’ Moi would prove critical in the very ultimate survival of KANU and thus Kenyatta’s 14-year grip on power. The Moi’s ascendency to presidency was therefore not a surprise and neither was it a mere product of fate. It was by far ‘accidentally on purpose.’

The point is, President Uhuru Kenyatta is not being candid to Kenyans when he blatantly insinuates that the newly created Jubilee Party (a merger of TNA and URP) is a genuine attempt of uniting Kenyans.

The ugly truth is that Uhuru is finally becoming true to himself and the apparently alive shadow of his father. In other words, President Uhuru Kenyatta is dancing to the old tunes which served as a basis for adding impetus and girth to the fortress that protected the 34-year-rule of Kalenjin-Kikuyu political dynasty.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is weary of the forthcoming general elections and is sure by merging URP and TNA, the 2013 Kalenjin-Kikuyu formidable voting bloc will wither the storms of opposition (undeniably a coalition of tribal parties). More important, such a merger is aimed at ensuring that Kikuyus return the favor come 2022!

If my sentiments were to prove to be correct by any chance, then it will be very sad for the Head of State (mandated by the Kenya Constitution 2010 to act as a national symbol for unity) to be the one fronting dubious political machinations aimed at loosely curving the nation along tribal and ethnic lines.

Tribalism is still cited as a perennial pretext used every electioneering period in Kenya by various communities to ‘settle’ both imaginary and real ‘scores’ with those perceived to be ‘outsiders’. America’s Head of State, while touring Kenya, did indeed talk about this ‘Goliath’ that continues tearing Kenyans apart. If the Head of State is serious about ending tribalism, he should be talking with Raila and other opposition parties to consider forming an alternative party that will indeed unite all Kenyans!

It is no secret that the Kenyan electorates’ mindsets are still hinged on tribal affiliations when it comes to picking their political representatives. It is also now an open secret that despite being voted by other Kenyans, UhuRuto largely benefited from their respective tribal voting blocs. As much as I know we are to blame as a people, it is not right for our leaders to maintain the status quo by all means possible.

My point is, it is time we put our political leaders to task purely on merit and it is high time our politicians stopped relying on ‘tribalism’ as a stepping stone to the ladder of their political careers.

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