I was elated at news that Cecil Guyana Miller’s name had been sent to Parliament for approval as chairman of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission.
I saw this as the start of the much needed change in public appointments. Miller is part of my generation to the core. He’s a successful lawyer and has just clocked 39.
Much as I want him to secure this appointment, it is my hope that he will listen to my little piece of advice. “Let this one go.”
Much as we need a new face on Kenya’s electoral reform path, there is a lot that stands in your way Mr Miller.
Do not agree to be pawn in the murky political battle between the Orange Democratic Movement and the Party of National Unity.
I am informed (and I believe reliably so) that ODM will not let this one pass. They will do all within their might to ensure that you do not ascend to this office. This includes unleashing all skeletons that exist – bona fide and phoney ones – from your closet.
Much as I thought your time (and mine) had come, it appears not just yet. I’m told the job of chairman of the IIEC is meant for a mzee. They need a mzee who will play ball. There is too much at stake come 2012.
I suggest you retreat to Miller and Co. advocates and continue doing what you do best in the courts. I watched you in admiration argue a case for one of your clients at the Goldenberg Commission of Inquiry and do not doubt for one moment your capability to handle the task of IIEC chairman. But at this point in time, my vote does not count (not just yet anyway).
It is sad that the onslaught in Parliament against you is led by none other than those of your generation. The same people whom you thought would back you to the hilt. The wazees who think you stand in their way have employed those same youthful leaders to cut you down to size.
Do not dignify this onslaught by agreeing to see your good name besmirched by the so-called honourable members of the August House. If they were honourable, they would not malign your good name knowing too well you cannot defend yourself on the floor of Parliament.
Beat them at their own game and back out of this fight. Kenya’s politicians only back that which suits them. If it does not, then there is everything wrong with it. They have no intention of giving credibility to electoral or constitution reform.
Get out of this while you still have some self-esteem left, Mr Miller.