Archive | June, 2014

RAILA ODINGA’S CALL FOR DIALOGUE AND PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA’S RESPONSE PURELY A CONTEST OF EGOS AND DYNASTIES

19 Jun

By Javas Bigambo

Earlier today I teamed up with Ben Mulwa and Brian Weke on a critical TV morning show on K24, to deliberate on the state of national security, and how our politicians are shaping Kenya. For my argument, I advanced three hypotheses which I derive from the state of our politics as a nation. First, we are witnessing a desperate to depict performance. Both government and CORD want to appear to be effective in the eyes of their supporters and rivals.
Second, what we are witnessing is a deep contest of dynasties (the Odinga and Kenyatta political dynasties) and politicians & tribes are merely being used as catalysts. Lastly, we are witnessing a muscle flex for political supremacy. These three factors are making a joke of national security, and using tribalism and their party supporters as arrows in their political quavers. CORD and Jubilee leaders need to search their hearts and spare us their ego championship contests.

Former President Jomo Kenyatta with his son President Uhuru Kenyatta

Former President Jomo Kenyatta with his son President Uhuru Kenyatta

Former Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and his son Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga

Former Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and his son Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga


Kenyans want a progressive country, guided by sound leadership. But it is the ordinary citizens who must demand order, sacrifice, leadership and development from their elected leaders. It is beyond pity that Kenyans are trading insults and going for each other’s jugular merely instigated by tribal animosity. IN the end, with the passage of time, upon personal reflection, it is obvious we will wonder regretfully “why were we really so hateful against each other?”. Why be on the war path ethnic group against ethnic group in a contest of dynasties that we scarcely understand?
So as we blame politicians, let us too search our hearts, and know which path we resolve to follow. It is in our power.

NATIONAL SECURITY: PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA, YOU STILL CAN BE THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT

17 Jun

Javas Bigambo
I wouldn’t give anything, even a needle, to be a sycophant. That is why I have no appetite to be aligned to whatever coalition, day or night. I have read thoughtless statements by Kenyans from different political persuasions on the Mpeketoni attack, and I cannot help to think how trivial, constricted, tunnel-minded and juvenile fellows can be. Is it genius to appreciate that terrorists have no party, religion or class? Is it so painful to be objective? The fact that we seem irredeemably divided internally, terrorists don’t need strategy to destroy us. It is necessary to have a security management therapy in place. Who really are the custodians of our national security? In a way, the State’s hypocrisy is hitting a despicable over drive. There is obvious government incompetence here.

Ghastly image of the Mpeketoni attack (in Lamu County) on the night of 15th June 2014.

Ghastly image of the Mpeketoni attack (in Lamu County) on the night of 15th June 2014.


The Internal Coordination (Internal Security) Cabinet Secretary ignorantly blaming political opponents isn’t making Kenya safe. It is not intelligent. As long as there is a government in place, Kenyans will always look up to government for national security, not the opposition. As long as Kenyans are paying taxes they will ask more from the government, not excuses. Pouring hundreds of police and military guys after 50 innocents are dead is not any assuring. You want to convince me Mr. President? Show up with the Westgate report and act on it urgently! You want to convince me Mr. President? Stop media adverts and just show us how our borders are being secured. You want to convince me Mr. President? Let the security docket be manned by someone more intelligent, wise and with humble conscience. You want to convince me Mr. President? Stop playing political cards and just step up to be THE PRESIDENT.

RAILA ODINGA: CORD’S CALL FOR DIALOGUE VITAL BUT NON-STRATEGIC

13 Jun

Javas Bigambo
I come not from a pastoralist community, neither am I a hunter. But time and observation have taught me that the best hunters are strategic, and would not easily announce to the prey what options they have. I say it in a manner so plain. It is proper that the government listens to CORD leaders without hesitation. It is proper that leaders of a young democracy that Kenya is, get to dialogue in the interest of the country.
What is not proper is for CORD to give the government of the day ultimatums. What is not proper is for the Jubilee government to make public office appointments that stink of tribalism to the high heavens. What is not proper is for operatives of the Jubilee establishment to create an impression that the greatest beneficiaries of this Jubilee government must necessarily be of Kikuyu and Kalenjin ethnic extractions. Further, it is not proper for CORD to seem inclined to lead the call for national dialogue down the road of political heat, upheavals and imbalance that may not quite lead Kenya forward. More on these reflections see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbD_O5RenXI