BY MOSES KURIA
Makau Mutua has made a grand entry as a fellow columnist in the Standard on Sunday newspaper. I take this early opportunity to welcome him to the hallowed columns. I do so with both hope and trepidation. Hope:- that every sinner has a future and every angel a past and therefore the good professor can use his transition to this column to redeem himself in the eyes of Kenyans. Trepidation:- because I shudder to imagine that the Dean of Law at New York State University at Buffalo may transfer his now crashed and discredited crystal ball to this paper otherwise fabled for sense and balance.
Looking back at Prof Mutua’s crystal balls, I would encourage him never to place a bet with anyone. In fact, if he had placed a wager on his predictions over the last few years, he would lose his deposit all the time. Since he lives in America, he would by now be filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.
Let’s sample some juices from the Oracle of the Crystal Balls.
“I have concluded that Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto will not run, and even if they do, they will not make it” – September 30, 2012. Fact: Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto were elected with over 50pc of the votes cast during the March 4, 2013 General Election. Crystal ball loses deposit.
“Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga has turned the Kikuyu youth against Mr Kenyatta.” June 17 2012.
“I am almost certain they will be eliminated from the presidential contest because of ICC.”
“My crystal balls tell me-take this to the bank-will be a two-horse race between Mr Odinga & Mr Musyoka.” Nov 6, 2011.
“This is a Sword of Damocles. Kenyatta is damaged goods whether or not charges against him are confirmed.” Nov 6 2011.
“In my book, Ms Karua is one of 3 top presidential candidates-others are Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka. Uhuru and Ruto are out” Fact: Mohammed Didda beat Martha Karua in the poll. Crystal ball loses deposit.
“Don’t ask me why Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are “finished”. Let’s stop kidding ourselves. Their supporters should move on
“Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto – are “out for the count”. Ocampo has dealt them a mortal blow. This is fact, not fiction.”
“Mr Kenyatta would be wise to seek to be Mr Odinga’s running mate, and become Vice-President under Mr Odinga.” -2010. Fact: I haven’t checked Mr Odinga’s last recorded location but at one time he vowed to sell mandazi in Kibera if he loses the election, which he did. Crystal ball loses deposit.
“Mr Odinga needs to convince Mr Kenyatta that Kenyans will not elect a Kikuyu for president in 2012.” June 2010.