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June 25, 2018

IEBC is Kenya’s Trojan horse

The story of the Trojan horse is told in Greek mythology. First mentioned in the Odyssey, it describes how Greek soldiers took the city of Troy after a fruitless 10-year siege by hiding in a giant horse supposedly left as an offering to the goddess Athena. A clever ruse, indeed.

A similar or equivalent political situation appears to be playing out in Kenya after the nullification of the Presidential election after a successful petition by NASA. In a curious development, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission set a date for a fresh election on October 17 and disqualified all other candidates, save for President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA’s Raila Odinga.

On cursory examination, this action reveals an innocent and perhaps naïve administrative action on the part of the IEBC. A critical evaluation, however, shows a completely different cup of tea!

The seemingly simple administrative action handed opposition supremo Raila immense political power(s) and commensurately reduced Uhuru’s by boxing him into a corner. NASA can now demand anything they require from Jubilee after being handed carte blanche powers.

Uhuru, after losing the election petition, is now incumbent President with very limited powers. If he were allowed to make a single wish currently, he would desperately request an early election in order to validate his presidency and restore the powers that come with that status.

Raila on the other hand is keenly aware and cognisant of Uhuru’s dilemma and is now ‘digging in’. He is holding on to his newfound power tenaciously, as a dog does with a newfound bone. He has now sent out his ‘wish list’ to Jubilee, which includes the reformation of the IEBC.

Jubilee infantrymen Aden Duale and others have been busy throwing choice invectives at the opposition leader.

This, however, is an absurd exercise. Everyone knows Jubilee desperately needs an election and Raila is not about to hand it to them. NASA therefore has Jubilee by the nuts! When in such a situation Jubilee is well-advised to stop digging, otherwise, they will be very, very sore. But will they listen?

Indeed Raila has the power to boycott the election and sit pretty. After 60 days from the nullification of the election, there would be a constitutional crisis in which he can demand a shared caretaker government.

One can’t help wondering why the IEBC gave NASA a blank cheque. Had they left the other candidates in the race, then Jubilee would have had latitude. They could have ignored the opposition leader and gone into an election, which would have probably favoured an Uhuru Kenyatta candidacy. Is the IEBC, which has all but delivered Uhuru into Raila’s hands, the new Trojan horse?

As Jubilee was pondering the dire situation, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati fired a ‘12-point love letter’ to CEO Ezra Chiloba, the contents of which were devastating to the Jubilee cause. Chebukati emasculated them [IEBC] in broad daylight.

What was the import of this? Was he just attempting to save his hide by giving Chiloba a suicide pass? Or was there a broader intention? Mind you, Chebukati is an intelligent man!

NASA swiftly picked up on Chebukati’s memo and claimed to have been vindicated in regard to their claims in the election petition, leaving Jubilee with more egg on its face. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

In the interim Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto have taken to vilifying the Supreme Court ,and in particular Chief Justice David Maraga. Their choice of insults thrown at the Court amounts to contempt.

That a President (incumbent) and his deputy can spend weeks harassing and intimidating members of the highest court in the land is juvenile and a catastrophe of gargantuan proportions.

Our leadership has sunk to a new low. Shame on both of you!


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