By Jeremiah WAKAYA
NOTE: The voters are taking back the politics, here is such an attempt. Read.
As the country gears up to the 2017 General Election, a focus lens is now being put in all matters politics. Politicians are now fighting hard to conquer new grounds in a bid to solidify their support base. But even as politicians engage in a trade they only know best; which is rallying their tribal blocks to register en-mass, one such politician has come under sharp criticism from Kenyans on social media platforms for “falling below expectations” of those well fed from the pot of knowledge.
AN ETHNIC MOBILIZER?
Kiraitu Murungi; one time leader of the Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) popularly known as “mbas’’ or rather “the bus”, and now a strong mobilizer of the newly formed Jubilee Party has been blamed for fueling ethnic politics in what appeared to be a tweet directed at him. “Only in Africa will a Harvard alumni, top lawyer & human rights champ end up becoming full time ethnic mobiliser using a bus & now a matatu”, tweeted Mohamed Wehliye, who prides himself for being a “global citizen”.
Mohamed’s remarks would later be followed by dozens of replies with some Kenyans online appearing to have read and internalize the message behind his words. Except of course for a few folks. The tweet would therefore get #KOT entangled in a conversation that questioned the values Kiraitu stands for.
HARVARD WON’T CHANGE YOU
Ken Ojowa on twitter was one such Kenyan who thought that it was difficult to remove the forest in the minds of a group of domesticated monkeys in as much as you would want to civilize them. “I guess Harvard can’t outwit the village in us, can it?,” posed Ojowa. For Ojowa, the Harvard-schooled lawyer-cum-politician would never shy off from ethnic politics provided he found himself in an environment where ethnic politics is celebrated and ethnic lords; like other politicians have come to be known, enthroned.
“LEAVE KIRAITU ALONE”
Labeling Kiraitu “an ethnic mobilizer” would not have been welcomed by Michael Gitonga and a few others who sought to put the ‘hypocrisy’ of “sleazy lawyers’’ to silence. “…his (Kiraitu) foundation educating poor children beats the hypocrisy of sleazy lawyers,” tweeted Michael Gitonga in what appeared to be an onslaught directed at Ahmed Nasir; a popular city lawyer.
Others directed their attacks at the CORD brigade led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who has time and again been humorously depicted on social media as “the lord of poverty” and thought to be “ethnic”. “My people, register in big numbers that we can remove Jubilee from power”