One day Duale will re­turn to ODM

He may one day get stranded or get ter­rorised by his cur­rent mas­ters in Ju­bilee

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - TI­MOTHY BOSIRE

Aden Duale, the Garissa Town­ship MP, who is my good friend since our days in the LDP through to ODM to this day in Par­lia­ment, should be told in no un­cer­tain terms that even syco­phancy needs some in­tel­li­gence.

His week­end com­men­tary, in a sec­tion of the press in de­fence of the now con­tro­ver­sial North­ern Col­lec­tor Tun­nel in Mu­rang’a county, is the stuff of reck­less syco­phancy.

The Ma­jor­ity leader’s main is­sue with op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga is that he is an anti-cor­rup­tion cru­sader and has re­lent­lessly whistle­blown many graft cases. Many of them have con­cerned Ju­bilee’s mega in­fra­struc­ture projects. Pre­dictably, he rushes to rec­om­mend Raila’s re­tire­ment from ac­tive pol­i­tics. And, to black­mail the Cord leader into si­lence, he in­vents a dirty al­le­ga­tion that Raila is bit­ter for los­ing out on some 10 per cent kick­back, claims he can’t sub­stan­ti­ate or prove.

“It is time for Raila to re­tire from pol­i­tics” is a reg­u­lar Ju­bilee cho­rus. It was their daily song in the first year in of­fice, when they were un­able to steady their boat on as­sum­ing power.

Con­se­quently, Ju­bilee suf­fers acute “Raila pho­bia”. Why so? Be­cause he is their wak­ing night­mare. He pow­er­fully threat­ens their main in­ter­ests which all re­volve around cor­rup­tion, abuse of hu­man rights, dic­ta­tor­ship and bad gov­er­nance. Ac­tu­ally, the main mes­sage in Duale’s com­men­tary was,“kindly let Ju­bilee sin in peace”. That is why when the op­po­si­tion re­vealed mas­sive theft of public cash through the stan­dard gauge rail­way, the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice , Eurobond, the Hustler’s Jet and the IEBC elec­toral frauds and now through the North­ern Col­lec­tor Tun­nel scan­dal, the govern­ment pan­icked to a point of threat­en­ing ar­rests, es­pe­cially on the NYS scan­dal.

When Raila sounded alarm bells over ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, po­lice bru­tal­ity, se­lec­tive is­suance of Iden­tity cards and dom­i­na­tion of top govern­ment jobs by two com­mu­ni­ties and the ex­clu­sion of other com­mu­ni­ties, the regime ran mad and un­leashed its army of syco­phants to hurl in­sults at the op­po­si­tion.

In Mu­rang’a, why did Wa­ter CS Eu­gene Wa­malwa re­sort to to­kenism to win back the county’s elected lead­ers with five dams, each cost­ing Sh50 mil­lion, to sup­port the con­tro­ver­sial project? Why didn’t he, in­stead, ex­plain to Kenyans all the con­cerns raised if all is above­board as claimed? On public par­tic­i­pa­tion, why were res­i­dents of down­stream coun­ties such as Tana River, Ki­tui and Garissa not in­volved? And why is this project top se­cret un­like other ma­jor projects which Ju­bilee lead­ers have been trum­pet­ing to win sup­port in 2017? Could the Pres­i­dent have been kept un­aware of this project — and why?

If this can hap­pen in his own back­yard what kind of coun­try is he lead­ing then?Duale and his ilk should not hood­wink Kenyans by drop­ping names of Kenya’s dis­tin­guished de­vel­op­ment part­ners such as the World Bank. We know of projects our wor­thy de­vel­op­ment part­ners funded in the past, but ended up messed up through cor­rup­tion and poor im­ple­men­ta­tion. The Turk­wel Gorge Power Project and Free Pri­mary Ed­u­ca­tion are ex­am­ples. Ju­bilee should an­swer ques­tions with­out harp­ing on the cred­i­bil­ity of in­no­cent in­ter­na­tional fi­nanciers who also fall vic­tim of cor­rup­tion car­tels.

He re­minds us of the bib­li­cal prodi­gal son.His political teacher is Raila, whom he ridicules ev­ery now and then. He should not sever re­la­tions with him and ODM. He may one day get stranded or get ter­rorised by his cur­rent mas­ters, which is a loom­ing pos­si­bil­ity, and see the need to re­turn home — ODM. He can learn some­thing from the Char­ity Char­ity Ngilu and Chi­rau Mwak­were ex­pe­ri­ences.

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