CORD need to bring a simple message, What if to voters

In less than two weeks to the historical election of March 4,2013, The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) need to harness its message to the simplest form. Something which every farmer, consumer and the so-called Kenya’s working middle class   can relate to. Instead of talking about status quo and reforms, a thing which every Kenyan by now know is Raila Odingas forte, Cord must begin to excite, perturb and poke at the conscience of every voter with a simple question; what if?

What if by some foolish way, Uhuru Kenyatta wins the election, and refuse to attend his criminal case as an inductee at The Hague? Have farmers considered the possibilities that

their very own produce will not find any market to sell to, outside this country when sanctions are imposed on Kenya? Tea, coffee, pyrethrum, flower, wheat, sugar, Miraa, and everything

that get exported to earn Kenya the much needed foreign currency will be extinct, Chinese have not yet learnt how to enjoy bilateral trade relationships with any country. Farmers in Central

Province, Rift valley, Mt.Kenya region, will be the hardest hit the most for their very livelihoods depend on these markets. What about workers who are employed in the Tourism Industry, in hotels, travel agency, cottages, lodges, bars? Transportation industry

Na zingine kadhalika.

I have not even mentioned the blue-collar jobs that would be lost when the multinational companies decide to shut down various stations of their respective branches and relocate to some neighboring countries. The millions of jobs that would be lost and the multiplier effect it would have are simply devastating to families who rely on these earnings to make ends meet. In other word Kenya would come to a screech without a doubt. Are Kikuyus prepared to take these risks in the name of having one of their own become president? CORD should go to Central Kenya and ask the residents there these direct questions and let them live with the consequences of their actions. Raila should do the same in Rift Valley and let Kalenjin farmers understand what awaits their produce and life incase they chose to exalt and swallow every lie that has come out from the mouths of these “kusema na kutenda” conjoined twins of impunity.

Beside Land issues, this should be the message at every stop from here on until Election Day. Let every Kenyan interrogate their own conscience with the choices they are about to make on the 4th of March 2013.

Shock As CCK Shuts Down Six RMS Transmitters, Targets Eleven More

This morning Kenyans are waking up to shocking news that the Communication Commission of Kenya has shut down six transmitters belonging to Royal Media Services, by far the biggest broadcast media house in East Africa, owned by CORD Summit Chairman S.K. Macharia.

Citizen TV has grown to be the number one TV station across Kenya and Eastern Africa with its local mix of programming as well as Nollywood movies and Latin America telenovelas. The RMS group also runs a number of popular vernacular FM stations led by Kiswahili Citizen Radio which has the widest reach of any radio station besides national broadcaster KBC national service.

Apparently the “self-allocated” RMS transmitters have been in operation since 2008 when Mwai Kibaki was installed president following acrimonious elections in 2007, an election which Mr. S.K. Macharia and RMS solidly campaigned for Mwai Kibaki and Party of National Unity. Kibaki is due to hand over government in a few weeks and Raila Odinga is the front runner to succeed him.

It is instructive to note that in December 2012, Mr. Macharia was quoted as openly declaring his support for Raila Odinga to be president of Kenya, and he chairs a group of well connected businessmen and private sector personalities who have worked behind the scene to form the Coalition of Reform and Democracy which Odinga has the presidential ticket and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has the running mate ticket.

The shutting down of the transmitters come hot on the heels of an unprecedented staff migration from Macharia’s RMS to Uhuru Kenyatta’s Meidamax/K24. Last week at least 20 key members of staff resigned from RMS to join K24 in what observers say could easily have crippled most broadcasting houses if not RMS. Most of these staff have been poached on promises of better remuneration.

Clearly, there is a sustained political war going on in the airwaves.

Here is the CCK’s full statement on shutting down of RMS transmitters.

Mudavadi’s and KANU’s (mis-) fortunes

We have been talking in general about the different coalitions, and how they came about as well as the key players either individuals or parties.

I would however like to just narrow focus for a little bit on two entities:- Mudavadi and KANU

Before i proceed lets watch this. Also pay attention in the last minutes of the clip and see how Ngunyi in his usual eloquent self, continues to market and sell snow to guys living in Greenland. Its phenomenal

Now, from the foregoing there are several scenarios to ponder

a) Were these two entities (remember although they are in the same pit, they probably arrived there seperately) so completely desperate, that when the carrot was dangled (or was it straw), they simply had no choice and grabbed at it with both hands and feet and everything else?

If this is indeed the case, how did they arrive at the bottom of this pit? Was it by making poor decisions along the way, or was it due to some extremely clever ploy by political geniuses who thoroughly beat them into a corner

b) Or perhaps on the other hand, are these two entities, a project or projects of the oligarchy to re-invent themselves and having found that there exists a gap (ICC and / or tribal inclination) in the TNA/URP axis are exploiting it by injecting themselves into the matrix knowing very well that there are mutual benefits to be derived. They may hate each other, but without UDF, TNA is central province leaning and URP is RV leaning, making them two tribal outfits having experienced presidency, do not want to let go.

c) Was Mudavadi and/or KANU over-rated in their importance and somehow people made a mistake and invested in their fortunes only to realise too late the folly, and are now in desperate late comeback moves?

Am sure there are many other scenarios to ponder

One thing is however clear, where it is now, the engineers that designed this carriage got the design all wrong.

They each have a carriage and two heads that must be connected

Each head can only face one direction and its opposite to the other head. If you put the two heads next to each other, they head butt each other and leave the carriage intact or cannot see each other and one gets played. if on opposite sides of the carriage, they pull in different directions.

The carriage here is their supporters and the two heads are (for presidency) uhuru and mudavadi, and (for the political parties) URP and KANU in rift valley

What a quandary, what a nightmare.

As the events unfold, and as supporters of the coalition come to terms with what they are faced with, we shall in due course determine whether this was a brilliant work of a scheming strategist, or simply the blunder of the century.

Stay tuned

The Daily Nation At It Again With Their Usual Propaganda!

Please just read the following newspaper articles all of which emanate from the so called national newspaper in Kenya going by the name ‘The Daily Nation’ in one day! Have your own say!!

Here we go :

 

48 hours to seal the winning deal

Party supporters in frenzy ahead of rallies

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/48-hours-to-seal-the-winning-deal/-/1064/1634616/-/ess8gv/-/index.html

 

How ICC and Raila created ‘coalition of the accused’

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/How-ICC-and-Raila-created-coalition-of-the-accused/-/1064/1634576/-/olektlz/-/index.html

TNA-URP deal seen as solution to perennial ethnic clashes

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/TNA-URP-deal-seen-as-solution-to-ethnic-clashes/-/1064/1634570/-/v10t8e/-/index.html

Will Kalonzo entry swing the vote for Raila?

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Will-Kalonzo-entry-swing-the-vote-for-Raila/-/1064/1634580/-/svwrc7/-/index.html