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BBI opponents share a common denominator thread

Monday, December 7th, 2020 00:00 |
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu with her Makueni counterpart Kivutha Kibwana (centre) and Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu during a BBI meeting at the Kitui Stadium. The Ukambani region declared its stance on the BBI report. Photo/PD/Phillip Kamakya

There is never a dull moment in Kenya, and even the puritans of yore who believed that there was an orderly way to live, albeit within the Anglican context, would agree that some of our politicians would make it big in the theatre of the absurd. 

The other day, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana was reading the Kamba nation’s resolution, he was in Naivasha together with the rest of the governors and today he is at the Supreme Court challenging a process he has been deeply engaged in.

Kenyans have this transient political memory, but the Governor’s is a faster metamorphosis than what a butterfly goes through. 

A political process is a consensus building process and in all these consultative processes one presupposes that there have been instances of give and take against the backdrop of public interest.

Therefore, when leaders who initially took positions that were supportive of the process later come out to attack the product of their consultative engagements, there can only be one explanation.

Their self-aggrandising interest were probably not met and it is not surprising that most of these political players have very high ambitions. 

Then there are groups morphing into civil society with some new found urgency to protect the interest of Kenyans.

Some seasoned political analysts argue that some of these folks thrive on the state of uncertainty and that a politically tenuous dispensation oils their organisations and funds their bank accounts.

No donor agency would be funding their civil engagements, capacity building and all that civil society cliché if the country is in peace, harmony and enjoys shared economic prosperity.

These analysts argue that some of these folks were mute when one good professor was busy drawing the map of Kenya and calling for the NASA strongholds to secede.

How that was a better approach compared to BBI is extremely difficult to understand, but it seems like they are still at it.  

The fact as we all know it, is that Kenyans wanted a way out of the post-election uncertainty that was having a toll on our economy and threatening our nationhood.

Kenyans were tired of the hard stance by some Jubilee MPs who were busy calling for the police budget to be increased to help them deal with NASA demonstrations. Kenyans were tired of the daily demonstrations and the loss of life. 

Kenyans were shocked that some leaders were calling for President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack down and abrogate himself the powers of a benevolent dictator.

Could it be that the president’s action in embracing the handshake threatened their privileged position and that the proposed constitutional changes will send them to political oblivion? 

In fact, it is not surprising that the proponents of secession and the very people who were calling on the government to crack down on peaceful demonstrators have found a common ground in opposing the BBI process and The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Should we conclude now that their objective has all along be anarchy in this country or we wait for the referendum to pass first?

Nevertheless, it is now clear that the machinations, the press conferences, and a content analysis of Tweets and social media messages point to two things.

One, a strategy to create the impression that the DP has successfully managed to get everything hustler nation into the BBI amendment bill.

He supports BBI without a successful impression of hustler ideal infused in the document, and his hustler train ends up nowhere.

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