Just let Raila and Owalo prepare for 2017

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NGUNJIRI WAMBUGU

Over the last week, a lot of analysis has been shared over the Jubilee government’s first 100 days in office. Generally it has been quite easy to tell one’s political leaning from what they think about this first 100 days; those who support CORD have found little to celebrate; while those who support Jubilee have found little to fault.

As usual I chose to break ranks; despite being a supporter of CORD I do honestly think the first 100 days of the Jubilee government have been quite impressive. However I did also observe an interesting lapse in all the commentaries that have analyzed this period. No one has noted that the Jubilee government has also benefitted from the mistakes they did not make.

For example unlike President Kibaki’s inauguration speech in 2003, President Kenyatta did not make the mistake of an antagonistic inauguration speech. The presidency has also avoided anything that looks like a public sector witch-hunt against those who did not support them; the deputy president still has staff carried over from the former prime minister’s office and so far the diplomatic corps have not changed.

However they do need to up their communication skills. An example is the laptop issue where despite having one of the best public communication structures ever seen they just cannot seem to be able to explain how the laptops-for-children policy will benefit Kenyans.

They seem stuck on the notion that telling us the laptop idea is a campaign policy we will understand it to mean that they are politicians who ‘sema na tenda’ (say and do). Unfortunately half of Kenya did not support them politically so this just opens them up for resistance even those who see the sense in the policy, but oppose them politically.

Why not present the fact that children in school now will enter the job market after Vision 2030 has been achieved; when we ideally expect to an ICT hub in Africa? Why not show parents the difference between a child who grows up with access to ICT, compare him to one who does not; and point out the fact that the two will be competing for the same spaces in education access as well as jobs? Why not showcase how each school that will benefit from the laptop program will affect its own infrastructure, and that of the community around it?

The Jubilee government must also walk the talk on their promise to tolerate political opposition. They must remember that Kenya is a multi-party democracy, which also means that we will continue to be plagued by political campaigns that never stop; because when one party is in power the others spend the next five years undermining them and positioning themselves to beat them, and take over at the next elections, and the cycle repeats itself.

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  • hmmm

    Mr. Wambugu, it’s true that the Jubilee gov’t is floundering on the laptops project. why they are not doing a better job of it is beyond me, especially given their self proclaimed “digital” advantage. but i hesitate to agree with you on the issue with RAO’s aide being questioned by CID. it’s not that i agree with CID – how can I, I haven’t seen the evidence. and we do have to be vigilant so that people are allowed to disagree with and even oppose the government freely.

    But my hesitation comes from comments made by CORD officials themselves. Musyoka and Orengo are on the record talking about an “uprising”. Raila has single handedly reduced the credibility of the supreme court – yet it was he who didn’t submit evidence on time. And let’s not forget that Raila has in the past been responsible for organizing at least one coup. So while I’m completely in support of his right to attack Jubilee, I get very uncomfortable when he starts attacking constitutionally mandated institutions, and then holds 15 press conferences and rallies in unstable areas like Kibera. As for his complaints about IEBC, yes, things didn’t go well. But there’s a constructive way to level criticism at them instead of going around saying that they are a part of Jubilee. It makes people look at him askew. He can be right, but he tends to be foolish in how he goes around proclaiming his rightness, which turns a lot of people off.

    as for the jubilee gov’t, we are watching them to ensure that they not only deliver on their promises, but that they do it fairly and constitutionally.

  • shalom

    Surely why would someone who wants to rule this nation think of distablising it? the happenings here deepen the divide further…

  • marloow

    What’s that saying again:

    The fruit does not fall far from the tree?

    We are seeing the germination of Kenyatta Pere/Arap Moi’s spawns. The current president or “Uhuru Project” and his deputy nee YK92 were both mentored by individuals who perfected the use of state machineries to intimidate, harass and assassinate opponents.
    The mistreatment of Raila by “enthusiastic airport employees” was Exhibit 1. Mr. Owalo’s repeated summons by CID is Exhibit 2.
    Consequences anyone??

  • Carey

    despite being a supporter of CORD I do honestly think the first 100 days of the Jubilee government have been quite impressive. …………………………………..REALLY,We should take this to the bank/?

  • Carey

    he presidency has also avoided anything that looks like a public sector witch-hunt against those who did not support them; the deputy president still has staff carried over from the former prime minister’s office and so far the diplomatic corps have not changed…………………..You believe this,i bet the NSSF sacking escaped you and you know no one who worked at the PM’s offices;with regard to the diplomats its the COST of removing them that as delayed the onslaught….just wait and see how many of them will be renewed

  • Oliver Ochieng Ouko

    A good piece of script Wambugu but your statements lacks proper research: They have been a lot of witch-hunts that seems to have eluded your political radar. Keep in touch and i will give you the facts bare and plain. Anyway a good piece of work bro.

  • Elevated Politik

    jean kamau replaces Elkana Odembo in NY, Kevin Thuo replaces Wenwa Akinyi in LA, Ann Mbugua replaces Mr Nabukwesi in Otawa……

    • Mwikali Wambua

      Aha…..maybe they are youthful and digital. Hahahahaha.

  • ahmed hanad

    Why Raila wambugu in 2017, did the women of Luoland stop giving birth to leaders after Raila was born. Is ODM a dynasty. Raila started his career in 1982 as a coup plotter as Mugabe was becoming president of ZIM. Funny how the two stubborn leaders cling to power without shame.

    Raila has rigged Luo elections just like Mugabe has rigged ZIM elections. But the power struggle has also began in Cord and ODM in particular. The youth are also scheming on how they can wrestle power from the some political dinausiers who have become octagenerians, old, tired, retired but refusing to leave leadership to the youth. These are Raila, Anyang Nyongo, Kajwang.

    Wambugu should be tipping the youth of Kisumu on how to retire the old guards.This will ensure that the youth who have supported one dictator from 1982 to the present, have alternative leadership. Afterall what is democracy if the youth are forced to elect one man from 1997, 2002, 2007, 2013 and the same man want to be on ballot in 2017.

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