The greatest con of 2017 happened two weeks ago when the NASA principals gathered at Uhuru Park to make the ‘great reveal.’
While many were not surprised by the announcement and it was evident from the reaction of the crowd where some started leaving on the realisation that it was a con game.
Raila Odinga had once gain managed to consolidate all the attention on himself – despite having lost three previous times that he was a presidential candidate. He had conned all those who believed that they were co-principals and the thousands of their supporters.
Raila managed to ensure that the Opposition ticket for the upcoming August polls was his and belonged to his party. In other words, he managed to turn everyone orange, as there will be no NASA on the ballot but ODM.
Raila Odinga, will be the ODM presidential candidate and not NASA. This has disappointed a number of opposition followers who never saw the scam that had been engineered by Baba, after weeks of supposed negotiations among the opposition chiefs.
When Raila accused the national security agencies of creating mischief around the opposition unity talks, it is like he was trying to divert the attention to how he planned to dupe Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetengula and now Isaac Ruto.
This perhaps maybe the reason that despite having an agreement where they have been promised key positions, Ruto and Wetangula are still defending their seats in the August polls. They clearly to do not have faith in NASA or the ODM presidential nominee, Raila Odinga.
Raila has since the return of multiparty democracy in 1992, contested the elections on a different political vehicle each time. In 1992, it was Ford Kenya, then he moved to NDP in 1997 before joining LDP which was part of the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC).
In 2007, he had ODM, which he used to team up with Wiper to form CORD in 2013 and has used it again to form NASA. But it is instructive to note that the living thread in the last two elections has been ODM, and now again it is ODM.
In 2007, the greatest loser was Mudavadi though he went into the government as deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government that Raila forced. The greatest loser of the last election was Kalonzo and he is a casualty one more time as he goes into the ballot as an ODM member since he is the running mate of the ODM candidate.
The outclassed Kalonzo will not go asking people to vote for his Wiper party as it will not be on the ballot. On the other side, his equal number two, William Ruto, is comfortably in the Jubilee Party where he is not a principal but the deputy Party Leader.
Ruto, a smart politician who looks into the future even as he serves now, has helped build his former URP party into a juggernaut outfit called the Jubilee Party.
What we have learnt over the years that unlike Raila who has the political back room think tank machinery of the likes of James Orengo and Anyang Nyongo, Kalonzo seems to be clueless. He appears to rely on turncoat friends like Johnstone Muthama, Francis Nyenze and David Musila.
Nyenze was the first to disown the NASA line-up because he realized they had been played by ODM as Wiper but Kalonzo begged him to stay in line. But even after this, Musila and Muthama have already dumped Wiper and accused Kalonzo of mismanaging their party.
So, will Kalonzo now concentrate on fighting the internal fires that are burning his Wiper manyatta or will he focus on campaigning for the ODM presidential candidate?
Musalia, Kalonzo, Wetangula and Ruto must wake up to the realization that ODM is alive and strong and leaving political casualties in their wake. It was a total scam when Baba proclaimed that he was the first among equals.
Long live Raila he has duped his Opposition colleagues into oranges!
(The writer is a political and communications consultant. Twitter @MachelWaikenda)