Fascinating to feminists, abhorrent to her opponents and player of the populist wave, Wahome seems to have mastered the game of controversy and this props her as a better candidate during the electioneering period. This is what got her the top seat at the Tangatanga’s Inua Mama Initiative.
People have questioned the sudden change of tune and the tactics she is using to question Uhuru, including the speech she gave during the burial of former Nairobi Mayor, Charles Rubia.
The economy remains the main plank of Deputy President William Samoei Ruto’s pivot to Mount Kenya in a scorched earth strategy to win the Presidency in 2022.
“The biggest existential (sic) threat to Kenya’s declining economy and democracy … is Uhuru Kenyatta,” Kandara MP Alice Wahome.
Undoubtedly, this is so far the boldest, most radicalized, systematic and scathing attack by the Ruto camp on President Uhuru Kenyatta. But the broadside also raises fundamental questions on the moral disposition, intellectual and professional capacity of segments of the current crop of Mount Kenya leaders to conceive and implement a redemptive vision of development.
The trouble with Kenya’s development is that it is everywhere under the sway and attack from idiots and tribalists who have either silenced the citizens or reduced them to cheering crowds.
The government-as-economic-threat idiom is about power in 2022, not the genuine emancipation of the citizens.
Three events set the larger context for this rhetorical blame-game on development.
First, is a social media war on the eve of the burial of the pro-democracy icon Charles Rubia in Murang’a County on December 30, 2019. The cyberwar started with a post carrying an unsightly image of the “status of toilets at Karigu-ini Primary School in Kandara Constituency, represented by Alice Wahome.” Wahome responded with a controversial ‘Wanjinga’ tweet which landed her in trouble and thrust to the fore the failure of Africa’s emergent elite to steer community development.
Second, are the domino and double-barreled impacts of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report on the 2022 succession politics. But the lightning rod came from a media interview by the former Jubilee Party vice-chairman David Murathe, who stated that Uhuru will remain in power after 2022 polls.
The gist of Murathe’s personal opinion was two-fold; once the new political dispensation envisaged in the BBI report comes into force, nothing will stop the President, as the leader of Jubilee, to vie for any post and head the government as the Executive Prime Minister as long as he wins the majority.
“The only thing the President can’t do is to run for Presidency,” he said.
Party leadership and a broad-based national coalition will potentially ensure that Kenyatta does not disappear into political oblivion but remain a political kingpin in the Mount Kenya region and at the national level after the 2022 polls. With this, Murathe sounded the death knell for the governing Kalenjin-Kikuyu détente, and spelt doom for Ruto’s ambition as heir to Kenyatta in the Mount Kenya politics.
Expectedly, Wahome, as the vocal voice of Ruto’s Mount Kenya brigade, came from Rubia’s burial, guns blazing.
Kenyatta should retire and go home upon the expiry of his term, she said, alleging that the President and Odinga were planning to use BBI to change the Constitution and cling onto power after 2022.
This debacle reveals that the road to 2022 will be marked by wars of charlatans, defined in politics as a public figure who acts in a disreputable, unethical, rogue-like or unscrupulous way to influence the direction of politics.
So far, Wahome has taken charlatan politics within the Jubilee Party to a whole new level.
Miguna Miguna, once a loyal charlatan for Odinga and now a self-proclaimed general of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and his fiercest critic, seems to be finding a new home in the radicalised wing of the Ruto camp.
Besides welcoming Wahome to “the Revolutionary camp”, the language she used has the uncanny finger marks of Miguna’s post-2017 revolutionary rhetoric, raising questions as to whether the Kenyan-Canadian lawyer is the new spinner-at-large for the Ruto camp.
Beyond charlatanism, the gospel of dependency on the government and handouts by political Santa Clauses cannot develop communities. The future of development rests with an empowered citizen.
Miguna Miguna who was first deported in February 2018, days after his arrest over his role in the mock swearing-in of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on January 30, 2018, will coincidentally jet in tomorrow, 7th January.
The self-declared National Resistance Movement (NRM) leader on Sunday posted photos of his trip at a Canadian airport. Also the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, under Dr. Fred Matiang’i, has affirmed lawyer Miguna Miguna’s entry into the country.
Through an official press statement, the department of immigration, under Matiang’i’s ministry, has said that it will comply with court orders issued on December 14, 2018, which prompted the government to ensure Miguna’s return into the country.