UHURU KENYATTA and WILLIAM RUTO’s Government – The KIKUYU/ KALENJIN question and RAILA ODINGA’s VIOLENCE
UHURU KENYATTA and WILLIAM RUTO’s Government – The KIKUYU/ KALENJIN question and RAILA ODINGA’s VIOLENCE
By Kenya Confidential
As Kenyans march towards March 4, General Election, it is important for them to reflect on their country’s statehood over the last 50 years. It is also important to evaluate the consequences of the governance provided by their political leaders.
At independence in 1963, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta from Kiambu, also known as “kabete gacune maitho ni mbaka” an euphemism of people with uncanny vision for business and political austerity, took over as Prime Minister under the Queen Elizabeth of England. One year later Kenya became a Republic under President Kenyatta. A majority of Kenyan voters know very little or nothing about Kenyatta’s government.
Briefly, as soon as Kenyatta took over power from the departing British colonialists, he adopted their laws to govern the country as a carbon copy of the British governor. This cut-and-paste governance meant that the Mau Mau freedom movement that forced the British government to its knees and eventual departure remained an “illegal terrorist organization”. That was the status of Mau Mau for 40 years until 2004.
Former Mau Mau fighters were ordered to surrender unconditionally and those who did not were hunted down by Kenyatta’s security forces and killed. The freedom fighters and their sympathizers lost their land most of which had forcibly been confiscated by the colonial government during the state of emergency 1952-1960.
The freedom fighters were criminalized and their families condemned to poverty as Kenyatta ganged up with anti-Mau Mau home guards, traitors and double dealers to grab fertile tracts of land and businesses from the departing colonialists. They acquired some of the land through the infamous constitutional “willing buyer, willing seller” dogma in which some of the white settlers were coerced to surrender their land and buyers were funded through the “Resettlement Fund”.
The fund was given by the British government to resettle and rehabilitate the Mau Mau fighters and their families who were the first internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in villages where they had been forced to by the colonial government in an effort to contain the Mau Mau insurgency. The selective distribution of the resettlement fund to Kenyatta loyalists made nonsense of the “willing seller, willing buyer” colonial settlers land acquisition.
As the chief administrator of the resettlement fund, Kenyatta turned out to be the chief beneficiary and claims that he “bought” the massive tracts of land owned by his family in the Rift Valley, Central, Coast and Eastern provinces is hogwash. Kenyatta’s land grabbing appetite saw him fall out with his first vice president Jaramogi Oginga Odinga as did the second Joseph Murumbi. Even his former “Kapenguria 6”co-detainees Kung’u Karumba, Bildard Kaggia and Achieng Oneko could not condone the gluttonous behavior exhibited by Dictator Kenyatta.
The only man who perfectly fitted into Kenyatta’s gravy train co-driver’s seat was one Kelenjin politician in the name of Daniel Toroitich arap Moi. The two ran Kenya as a Wild West no man’s land where most prime land and businesses were literally their exclusive right. By the time Kenyattadied in August 1978, discontent over the country’s governance under the Kanu single party rule was running high. The coincidence of Kiambu-Kalenjin tyranny over Kenyans is shocking.
Kenyans were ready for a new vibrant and visionary president if the country went to the polls after the constitutional three month period vice president Moi was supposed to act. The most obvious choice then was the then finance minister Mwai Kibaki. Kenyans hopes were dashed by a Kiambu leader in the name of Charles Mugane Njonjo, who was then the attorney general and lives as a typical example of a colonial edifice. Kiambu leaders had conducted oathing ceremony at Kenyatta’s Gatundu where it was sworn that presidential motorcade “will never cross River Chania” (itikaringa Chania).
The so-called Kiambu Mafia had declared that Kibaki, who stood out as the obvious Kenyatta successor after Tom Mboya was assassinated in 1969, would be blocked by all means and one of them was the oath swearing the presidential escort would not cross River Chania headed for Nyeri. That oath must have informed the events that guided Njonjo in the Kenyatta succession. It also reflected the deep hatred that existed between Kiambu, Murang’a and Nyeri Kikuyus.
Njonjo imposed Moi on Kenyans by having him sworn in as unelected president. A majority of Kenyan voters grew up with Moi as their president for 24 years. Moi faithfully watered the trees of tribalism and corruption that were planted by the Kenyatta regime and also planted his known as impunity. It was during the Moi era that the Rule of Law made nonsense to millions of Kenyans, justice was for sale and corruption was the official religion.
Moi would later dispose Njonjo like toilet tissue and put him into disgrace he has never recovered from. The Kikuyu lawyer-turned-politician has been trying to sell Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) presidential aspirant Raila Amolo Odinga, but even fellow Kiambu tycoons like Stanley Githunguri won’t buy him as he seeks Kiambu governorship on a Kanu ticket. Kanu is in the Amani Alliance led by United Democratic Forum (UDF) presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi.
Moi‘s presidency put the Kenyan Nation into a reverse gear that saw small Asian countries like Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia develop into economic giants while Kenya stagnated as a pariah state. It was the sheer determination by Kenyans that saw president Kibaki take over the government against a spirited multi-billion-shilling effort by Kiambu and Kalenjin politicians in the names of, you guessed right, Daniel Moi and Uhuru Kenyatta.
As the country goes to the polls on March 4, voters will be facing another challenging onslaught by Kiambu and Kalenjin politicians whose leadership and governance abilities are in question – Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. The two men are facing crimes against humanity at The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC). Both are desperate to escape from long jail terms by getting Kenyans to elect them to State House.
Uhuru has not told Kenyan voters why he cannot face justice like his father who braved 10-year long trial, jail term and detention before he vied and won the presidency in 1963. The senior Kenyatta was arrested in 1952, tried, jailed and detained until 1962 when he was freed.
But like his father Uhuru wants to deny the victims of 2007-2008 pre-and-post-election violence justice by ganging up with an indicted chief suspect, the same way Kenyatta ganged up with home guards to rob Mau Mau fighters and their families a piece of the independence cake. Kenya appears to he hurtling towards a despondent fate with destiny – its disgraceful, scandalous and discreditable history could repeat itself in the coming years.
Uhuru and Ruto are part of the three sides of Kenya’s turbulent political coin – one side beingKenyatta and Moi, the flip side Moi and Njonjo and the fringe side Uhuru and Ruto. Ruto is a political creature created by none other than Moi himself.There can be no doubt that Kenya will be headed for another term of reverse gear degeneration especially when the consequences threatened by the West and their partners take effect should Uhuru and Ruto take over.
The sad part of the coin is that the Kiambu and Kalenjin players involved in the past enriched themselves into billionaires without a drop of sweat. None of them, not Kenyatta (if he resurrected), not Moi (still eating from public coffers) or their sycophants can justify their ill-gotten wealth.
These are people who never asked themselves what they could do for the country to move it forward but always sought to get as much as they could from their motherland at the expense of the rest of the citizens.Moi is best remembered for his failed long train of Nyayo projects, which cost billions of shilling to rehabilitate during the Kibaki era..
They Kiambu-Kalenjin looters grabbed massive amounts of land, forests and beach plots. They superintended over the slaughter of our natural heritage including elephants for ivory and looted national wealth in public coffers and natural resources. Their greed has been insatiable and uncontrollable while Kenyans watch like impotent, helpless and blind-folded fools – a ritual they will dutifully repeat to perpetuate the status quo on March 4th.
have tainted land related history. Uhuru
by virtual of inheritance and Ruto
by sheer corruption. Ruto
is currently defending his alleged “purchase” of a farm whose Asian owner was displaced in 1992 so-called land clashes. The court hearing the dispute was told all transaction documents relating to the 100-acre parcel were forgeries including the title issued to the alleged owner when she was 8 years. Ruto
and corrupt land deals are inseparable. Read -http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Ruto-hatched-plot-to-grab-100-acre-land-court-told–/-/1056/1699094/-/18yn15/-/index.html
Kenyans must ponder over the question of why Kiambu and Kalenjin politicians hate their motherland to the extent of treating her as their exclusive self-aggrandizement play ground and cash cow to the detriment of the general good for all citizens with equal claim to their God-given space to enjoy their country’s wealth. Kenya is headed towards disaster.
Kenyan young voters must be informed in no uncertain terms, while the old ones must be reminded that it was during the Kenyatta and Moi era (with some Luo seasoning) that no national targets were ever met despite lofty election manifestos every five years Kanu was in power 1963-2003. Not the eradication of ignorance, disease and poverty. Not the Session Paper No 1 on African Socialism. Not the Kenyanisation of commerce and industry. Not water for all households by the year 1980. And certainly, not the peace, love and unity in Kenya fake Nyayo philosophy despite the free Nyayo milk.
The only real development realized since Kenya attained independence 50 years ago has been in the last ten years of Kibaki presidency. For the first time Kenya has world class infrastructural development in super highways. It also has a new train station since the last one was built over 100 years ago by the British.
Much more could have been achieved had it not been for the rude interruption by ODM presidential candidate Raila’s mass action in 2008. The country, you and me, are paying heavily for theconsequences of Raila’s mass action and Kenyan voters must also decide whether they should reward him with the presidency.
Following the blood-letting mayhem, the Constitution was amended to create an office of the Prime Minister for Raila. He was made the supervisor and coordinator of all ministries but five years down the road he leaves behind a more discordant government than he found. He now blames the same government he was coordinating and supervising of failing to deliver because he shared “half bread”.
The actual cost of the consequences of the bloody Raila’s mass action include, but are not limited to the following:-
1. Creation of unnec
essary multi-billion-shilling Office of Prime Minister to appease Raila
, which Kenyans abolished in the New Constitution.
2. Acquisition of unnec
essary Shell-BP House at exorbitant cost of refurbishment to accommodate Raila
3. A bloated cabinet of 42 ministers for 40 million Kenyans who are paid billions of shillings compared with China’s cabinet of 40 for 1.3 billion people.
4. Creation of numerous multi-million-shilling guzzling commissions.
5. Death of more then 1,500 innocent Kenyans.
6. Raping and maiming of thousands of Kenyans.
7. Billions of shillings in economic sabotage including destruction of property and uprooting of rail line.
8. Displacement of 650,000 thousand families for no fault of theirs, some of whom are still languishing in IDP camps as Raila, Uhuru, Ruto take joyrides in helicopters campaigning for State House and polluting the environment at over a million shillings a day.
9. Multi-billion-shilling squandering in purchases of highly inflated parcels of land originally grabbed from the public during Kenyatta and Moi era.
10. Multi-million-shilling International Criminal Court cases and many others that have not been instituted against the perpetrators of the heinous violence.
It appears that Raila is prepared to drive the Kenya Nation down the same destructive highway once again with false claims of election rigging the same way he did in 2007. During 2007 election campaign, it was ODM’s policy, directed by Raila, that it releases a lie every day to keep its brand name in the news. He did not care the damage he did to the electoral process since his intention was to disgrace the entire exercise if he lost. He achieved his goal. He is doing the same thing all over again and may not hesitate to call for mass action if defeated. Is he worth the presidency?