By Mike Okoth
I’ve seen my friend Hon Jim Bonnie somewhere earlier today sarcastically asking us to “cheer on” Kisumu Central MP Hon. Ken Obura and Mr. Ronald Osumba for being part of the “Government spectators” at the Hague.
I’ve always insisted that this Hague drama remains one of the most poorly managed political conundrums by the ODM party in general,and by Luos in particular.Though many will disagree,I strongly believe that William Samoei Ruto and Joshua ARAP SANG ARE INNOCENT,and that in their innocence,they are still bearing our(ODM and Luo) political cross of 2007/8 at the Hague.
Only insane Luos and insane ODM followers would wish the duo bad in their current troubles in the Netherlands.I don’t see any sense in allowing our disappointment from ICC’s failure to punish Uhuru Kenyatta and his Mt. Kenya associates for “allegedly” participating in the killing of our people in Naivasha and Nakuru in February 2008 to blur judgement into even anticipating doom for our 2007 comrades.We have to learn how to move on.
That Ken Obura and Ronnie Osumba are today hanging around the Hague court only reinforces my belief that we need young and fresh political leaders in Luoland-leaders who can look and focus more ahead and plan for the future,not those trapped in stinking political cobwebs of the past and enslaved by a political history we as a community would rather forget.
We deserve leaders who can focus on 2017 and not 2007,and who can plan for 2023 and not against 2013!We need leaders who can dream about using the future to cleanse the past and not vice versa.This is a mission I would be happy to see being pushed by our young people like Jim Bonnie.
It depresses when no distinct line can be drawn between the thinking and reasoning of the 20-something year old Jim Bonnie and others in that group,and the thinking and reasoning of people like Oburu Odinga,Rasanga and that ilk!It’s high time the young people of the Luo Nation like Hon. Jim Bonnie rose and rescued their future!We need a radical shift of out mindset.We must refuse to apologize for the past!
That’s why today I celebrate the youthful and decisive political “lizards” like Ken Obura who would rather dismantle and forego their budding political careers but gamble about our future,political or otherwise!I celebrate him because he appreciates the fact that the Hague cases are so dear to the hearts of the Kalenjin people who poured out on the streets in their thousands to secure the “Nusu mkate” Government for us in 2007,and a result for which their two sons are at the Hague today.
Hon Obura appreciates the fact that politics is so dynamic and so unpredictable,and that we may still need our former allies for future political battles. He appreciates the fact that unreasonable political enmity is a political nonsense that must not be watered and weeded through helpless myopia. Hon Ken Obura may lose it in the blind eyes of his political constituency,but history may some day judge him fairly as someone who saw far ahead and risked to tread the unbeaten path of the jungle towards some dream at the expense of the readily available comfort of the smooth tarmacked political highways that lead to nowhere.
A time may come in future when our politics shall have made a 360′ turn,and somebody or some people who never appeared to celebrate others’ tribulations will be needed to thaw up the political ice and bridge the political gap and Ken Obura and Ronnie will queue up for this role………………
The Hague cases have been political from the word go,and that’s why if I ever found myself putting on Silas Chepkeres Jakakimba’s shoes today,I would simply order Raila Odinga to dispatch on the next flight another batch of MPs from his ODM party to join the “Government spectators” at the Hague or just prepare some salt with which he’ll eat his raw political tomatoes in the next and future elections!