Uhuru Kenyatta’s Balaam moment on the mountain.
“… the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, which you have ridden (since 2013) to this day? Have I been in the habit of treating you this way?” ~ Numbers 22:30.
It is no longer a secret that there is palpable disquiet among the people of Mt. Kenya region against President Uhuru Kenyatta (read dynasties) and his leadership since the March 2018 handshake with his political nemesis-turned-brother, Raila Odinga, whom he had variously disparaged as “kîmûndû kîgûrûki” during the bitterly contested 2013 and 2017a/b presidential campaigns.
Uhuru behind Kieleweke
The maligning of Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, through kieleweke monologues, seemingly with subtle approval of the president does not sit well with voters. The DP endeared himself to Mt. Kenya voters in 2013 and 2017 with his wit and indefatigable campaign for their son Uhuru Kenyatta.
What confounds many Mt. Kenyan voters, is the shameless turn around against the political geniality and kindliness of Dr. William Samoei Kipchirchir Arap Ruto. Obviously, against the cacophony of “hatuna deni,” quite a large percentage of the people feel they made a political promise. They are not obliged to be dragged into personal or family deals by the Odingas and the Kenyattas to settle their 1960s feuds.
That Dr. Ruto still commands a more solid following and respect in the region than the homeboy with feelings of entitlement must be sending political jitters to Uhuru Kenyatta. The “Ruto nî mwîci” narrative by talking heads like Ngunjiri Wambugu, is achieving quite the opposite.
Dr. Ruto represents the future of the region. Uhuru has been a great disappointment. The region’s fortunes have plummeted to an all-time low. The region cannot wait to get it over with him. “Uhuru nî gûtee” is a common catchphrase. Someone should advise this president that his anger is misdirected. He unilaterally authored his own destiny on March 9, 2018, forgetting to take the people along with him.
To allege that he was responsible for his own election is not only disingenuous but politically tactless. Everyone in the whole Republic knows on whose back this croaking frog thrice hitched the ride across the river. Dr. William Ruto’s.
The reality of the famous “punda amechoka” mantra as far as Mt. Kenya region is concerned is that the donkey is now courageously talking back. It doesn’t matter how much, the seemingly under the spell, Balaam Uhuru Kenyatta shouts, rants or whips the donkey towards the handshake. The donkey is categorical: “we ain’t boarding, your time is up, we are masters of our own destiny, kindly let us be!”
And speaking of Balaam in the Bible, do you know that he is a sorcerer who casts a spell or curse on the enemy/competitor for a fee? Hehe. Who is always referred to as mganga? Pray for Muigai Kenyatta, he is not well.