Yesterday saw two top presidential aspirants, URPs William Ruto and TNAs Uhuru Kenyatta form a pre-election alliance in a political rally at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. The deal came just weeks after speculations went through the country that the two had sealed a deal to work together. Accusations which URPs William Ruto had come out strongly to denounce but came out in the open yesterday. In this deal, Uhuru Kenyatta is going to vie for the presidency while William Ruto will be his running mate.
Even as this new deal was sealed yesterday, question still linger in the minds of Kenyans as to whether this could be the alliance to beat come the next elections. With some pacts labeling it as a coalition of suspects, in view of the fact that the two have cases still pending at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague after being linked to the 2007-2008 post election violence . Some forces are also labeling it as a tribal alliance, something which both Uhuru and Ruto have come out strongly to dismiss.
Watching the two leaders and Mps allied to them yesterday at Afraha stadium announce the alliance and selling themselves. I keep wondering if the two did enough to convince Kenyans that they have what it takes to be the leaders of our country come next year. Both of them exuded confidence that they are going to win the presidency saying that no courts can block their ambitions. Already, there is another case in court against the two and other leaders with integrity questions to be blocked from vying for the various seats come the next elections after the first one was dismissed.
While this was happening, the Prime minister and his ODM entourage was in Mombasa Tononoka grounds. Speculations are also going round that he could be sealing a deal with the Vice president and Wiper party leader Kalanzo Musyoka to form an alliance. Already, the Vice president has come out to dismiss this. However, our eyes are open to see if just like Ruto did, he is going to enter into an alliance with the ODM even after dismissing the rumors. This is one thing that Kenyans should be watching, our current leaders cannot be trusted and we should vet them carefully before voting them in.
The kind of politics being played by all these aspirants is the “it’s our time to eat” kind of politics, where some leaders are out to block other leaders from vying for the top seat because they come from a certain community. This was evident at the Tononoka rally in Mombasa where nearly every leader who stood up to speak during the ODM rally said that they were not ready to be led by another leader from Central or Rift Valley. They all said that for close to 25 years the country had been led by two communities and they needed someone new. I am just wondering of this is the notion being shared by every Kenyan out there.
Our country is very important, and as the late Prof. George Saitoti once said, there comes a time when the country is more important than an individual or an individual community. This is what we should be putting in our minds as we prepare for the elections. The ongoing political campaigns should give us a very good ground for us to vet these leaders regardless of their tribe. We should not let our country to be dictated by hungry leaders. No one has the right to choose a leader for us, the decision lies with us as the electorate.
As the deadline for the se leaders form coalitions approaches, we are keenly watching to see more in the political cycle. Meanwhile Kenyans should watch out for tribal or ethnic alliances and instead go for issue based alliances.
Nixon Kanali, Nairobi