Reject KKK vs Raila duel at Referendum

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With the New Year kicking off and the referendum just months away, you can expect our politicians to go into full electioneering mode.

If events of the past year are anything to go by, then you can expect the upcoming Constitution referendum to be turned into a political duel between the touted Kikuyu-Kamba-Kalenjin alliance and the Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

But that is something you and I must resist at all costs, if we are to take charge of our destiny.

Kenyans are known to make decisions then complain later that our politicians misled us.  The time to give our politicians a reality check will be at the referendum.  Let us make choices based on the provisions contained in the draft Constitution (which is due to be handed over to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitution Review this Friday).

I know the PSC comprises individuals with vested interests and this is where the KKK/Raila feud will begin to take shape.

If you doubt this, watch what will happen should the South Mugirango by-election take place before the referendum.   This is likely to be the first litmus test for the new-found political alliance of Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto and Kalonzo Musyoka (who all happen to owe their political fortunes to one Daniel Toroitich arap Moi).

Even though Mr Odinga has not made his views public on his preferred system of governance, you can expect his rivals to adopt the opposite stand for the mere sake of it.

From how the battle to save the Mau forest shaped up, we shouldn’t expect things to change.

Our politicians are full of empty rhetoric.  If an issue is not of benefit to them and their immediate families, then it is of little value.

That is why when violence breaks out, it is you and I who suffer the brunt.   You will never see them and their spouses or children out in the frontline.   You and I fight their battles as they toast over Glenfiddich or Chivas Regal.

Let’s say no to their influence at the referendum.  After that, we can enjoy some good football during the FIFA World Cup as we wait to teach them a further political lesson in 2012.

Happy New Year fellow Kenyans!

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  • Andy Jacobsen

    I hear you on this one. Even though I’m not Kenyan, I share in the frustration of your generation. It is a pity that politics can stand in the way of youthful people ascending into high office. I have advice for you and Mr Miller. It’s now NEVER. If he let’s this one go, we get stuck in the same rut. Please insist on this one. PLEASE. You will do many of your generation a huge favour. It is time to rid this country of political patronage.

  • Young Turk

    Miller should not give it up that easy. He and those who are pushing for his appointment should fight it out to the very end. For how long will we just give way for the Kaparo’s,Raila’s and the rest of the wazees. They should go home and look after cattle as Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi once advised former President Moi.

  • Amina Hassan

    Fight to the bitter end Mr Miller. Kenya needs fresh impetus. Do not fail us on this one!

  • Mutua Ndunda

    I get your point Michael. The youth in this country need to go back to the drawing board. We have been beaten on this one but there is a chance to make a difference. Lets get more young people in Parliament. That way, there will be no wazees to fight nominations like that of Mr Miller. Are you prepared to take up the mantle Michael and Co?

  • A.T

    He should let it go. He can fight another day. This is because by the time politicians are through with him, he wont have a name. and as a lawyer, he needs his name to attract clients.

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