UhuRaila amity a bridge too far
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In Shakespearean mythology, the central plot is always about kings not recognising they had hubris. William Shakespeare teaches that itâs foolhardy for a leader to imagine only they are always right. Itâs equally foolhardy for the leaderâs courtiers to accept that only the leader is right. Foolhardy too is the leader who only trusts the wisdom of courtiers. Thatâs why the new idiom popularised by branded sycophants that Raila Odinga is always right and never wrong, and when in doubt refer to the above is idiocy incorporated.
This is not an insult. Shakespearean wisdom helps us isolate those who genuinely believe the Uhuru Kenyatta-Raila armistice is good for the country from those charlatans who pop ulate the political scene.
For seven months, proxies of Uhuru and Raila rained uncivil invective on either leader. Those against Uhuru were spectacularly abusive. They left little civility for the rapprochement on the steps of Harambee House. We can reel off names, but letâs recap just a few. The video clips are there to prove it, so donât think of instructing some lawyer after yours truly.
Vihiga Senator George Khaniri, who sees wisdom in everything Raila imagines, swore on his motherâs grave that even if he were struck by lightning âIâll never recognise you Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as the President of the Republic of Kenyaâ. MP John Mbadi, the ever restless ODM chairman, and rough Chief Whip Junet Mohamed herded NASA troops in Parliament in boycotting the vetting of Cabinet nominees "fronted by an illegitimate Uhuruâ. Now out of the blue, Uhuru isnât just President Uhuru, but a wise leader to boot.
As Junet was hovering outside Harambee House, L eader of Majority Aden Duale, who now vividly recalls âRaila is a statesmanâ, added his husky voice against a "demonicâ Raila who should retire in defeat instead of burdening Kenyans with whining after every poll thrashing. Raphael Tuju, the sly Jubilee secretary general who nearly denounced his ethnicity over claims Uhuruâs presidency was illegitimate and who only visits his birthplace under heavy security, now lurches wild with praise of âRaila's visionâ.
Nothing exemplifies the lack of ethics for our neophyte politicians than recent comrades-in-arms turning broadsides on each other. Flatterers lack independent minds and are purveyors of fake news. As youâd expect, flatterers from both sides arenât interested in the worthiness of the âbridge too farâ document by the UhuRaila duo. Instead, theyâre falling over each other to be heard singing praises. A blow-by-blow analysis of the âbridge too farâ may just reveal their ignorance.
But the time for reckoning is nigh. No sooner will the ink on the armistice be dry than these idlers will begin mourning betrayal. This certainly happens if courtiers find the King has reserved choice pieces of choma for his family and only intestines are available to go around. Thereâll be a war cry when âbuilding bridges to a new Kenyan nationâ turns out to be handsome brick-and-mortar projects for a select few.
But other than chiding Kenyans against negating each other, what is in âbuilding bridges to a new Kenyan nationâ for Kenyans? Peace? Stability? And what happens to justice and economic prosperity? Are we this gullible or did we long lose the oomph in the struggle for justice, respect for rights and the rule of law? Must we die with the King too? Remember, âThe King is dead, long live the King?â
Sociologists will view âbuilding bridges to a new Kenyan nationâ as a fantasy, the kind of introductory notation to first-year archaeology students. I tâs more about the causality of family feuds in the primordial state of human kind than a modern treatise on what ails Kenya and how to overcome the adversity. The grudge between two families has become the tragedy of a nation. âBuilding bridges to a new Kenyan nationâ is rich in premonition and thin on reality; a waking nightmare for peacebuilding.
UhuRaila, pick the cherry fruits but watch out for the thrombosis of praise singers. When youâre spent, theyâll scatter like ants at the sign that youâre no longer paying for insincerity. History is replete with leaders who meant well but left execution to the madding crowd. History doesnât record the hypocrisy of the crowd but your mistaken belief in them and a litany of baying for the noose to be tightened around your necks.
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