If you thought the reason a section of Luo youths have now ganged up against Nairobi Governor Dr.Evans Kidero is because he’s failed in his duties as the governor of Nairobi,then you better think again.
The war against Dr.Evans Kidero HAS NOTHING to do with his performance.It’s all about politics-his perceived disloyalty to a certain politician and perceived cordial working relationship with another is the main reason,driven of course by sheer jealousy and fuelled by succession politics in Luo-Nyanza.
There’s this select group of Luo politicians who’ve always worked so hard,albeit inadvertently most of the time,to subvert Raila Odinga’s political interests and curtail his presidential ambitions on one hand,while simultaneously advancing their own selfish sociopolitical interests on the other.The funny thing is that even Raila himself who has been in politics for over 40years, doesn’t seem to know this .If this in itself is not mediocrity, then I need to know what is.
I have to admit however,that members of this select group are not stupid,at least in as far as their political self preservation tactics go.The bitter fact is that these guys have realized the mess, and are seeing Raila’s chances of becoming Kenya’s president going up in smoke,almost literally.That’s why some of them who have hitherto been great fans of street battles in Nairobi “defending Baba/Kenya”, are now rushing back to the village to become governors, others running up and down to win themselves political seats while Baba is still here and many more are almost assured of retaining their various seats having shouted and sang long enough in “solidarity with Baba”.
Now this exactly where Kidero’s troubles,and indeed that of te few other liberal politicians from that region who never took part in the singing, dancing and shouting at Baba’s political farewell party, begin.They are outsiders who were never their to participate in Baba’s political downfall, they must not benefit from the same!It’s a well choreographed game plan that only politically sober minds can dissect and see .Kidero and his ilk must not reap where they did not sow.Yes,Kidero and his ilk must fall!
This has now been neatly packaged as failure and mediocrity which “Luos must not condone just because Kikuyus are known to stand with their own through thick and thin,through failure and success”.They are saying this cannot be “Luo exceptionalism”.That “our historic ‘moral authority’ to lecture others come from the self-evident truth that competence and excellence are the other names of the luo on top of Odhiambo Kidero, Rasanga Amoth, Okoth Obado, Nyanungo Ranguma,Awiti Jamawego etc etc”.
What competence and excellence are there in Kisumu,Homa Bay and Siaya where the Luo supreme authority forcefully planted a governor,for example? Are we only to demand for excellence and competence from the foreign lands like Nairobi when our backyard is in a total mess from mediocrity,ineptitude and incompetence?Are we only to condemn corruption and demand for morality in foreign lands when our own backyard is sinking from the heavy weight of the same?Are we only to demand for performance in foreign lands even when there’s nothing worth showing for the almost 100bn. Kshs. already pumped into the four Luo-Nyanza counties these past 3-4years?
When Kikuyus are still buying off our fish at throw away prices from our poor fishermen, to go and process in Thika for exportation because our four “competent” and “excellent” governors somehow, cannot even combine efforts to establish even a single fish processing plant in Kisumu?Is that it?I ask this because since the advent of devolution, I’ve seen or even heard these architects of “Kidero must fall for having failed to perform” and their disciples attempt to demand for performance and accountability from Awiti and Rasanga for example.They are actually rooting and scheming for their re-election.Reason? They are loyal to the powers that be.
We should therefore just be brave enough and admit that most if not all of our internal wars have nothing to do with the performance of the various victims but rather their failure to worship certain individuals instead of mixing up things…..