Kenya Christian Professonals Forum: Press Statement on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), Economy and the Political Intolerance in the Country (27.02.2021)

Kenya: Building Bridges Initiative National Secretariat – Team BBI – Press Statement (24.02.2021)

Opinion: Kalonzo strikes back at Odinga

Just as the preparations for the 2022 elections are re-appearing as an ever present gift that keeps giving in the Republic. It is just 2 days after Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Raila Odinga called the Co-Principals “disloyal” and “untrustworthy” as they didn’t show up at his Swearing-In ceremony in January 2018. However, he betrayed the same ideals by doing the handshake in March 2018. When he discontinued and left the National Super Alliance (NASA) to restructure himself with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

That is why today’s Press Statement and Presser from Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) leader Stephen Kalonzo Mysoka is interesting. Kalonzo is a man who has the ability to join any ship and able to find a shelter. That is what he does and that is why his been called a “watermelon”. Still, his retort to ODM and Odinga is on point. Proving his capacity and maybe the reason why Kenyatta made him an envoy as well. Since, he know this man has a history and able to tell a story. That is what he did today.

Odinga and ODM might not like this. Because, Odinga want to be the branded righteous ‘Baba’. The ‘Father’ and the next in line. His the one who never became President, but his the one who should be default. That storyline has been played out for years and that’s why he sworn himself as ‘People’s President’. Still, what should be mentioned is how Odinga have breached the 2013 MOU of CORD. How he jumped the line with the NASA Presidential Candidate and now ushering himself as the next-up after Kenyatta in 2022. That is why his trying to brand Kalonzo and others as ‘disloyal’.

However, they we’re wrong in January 2018, but Odinga was disloyal in March 2018 himself. That is something Odinga and ODM will never say. Because, that undermines the ideals and the supposed “golden standard” he has himself.

Kalonzo still strikes back with something grander than that: “It is common knowledge that Hon. Odinga has been betraying political allies with abandon, right from his association with the National Development Party and KANU in 2001, right through to the Pentagon in 2007/2008, to CORD, and now, NASA. It is this mistrust and dishonesty that is depriving Hon. Odinga of his national outlook and support. Before the 2013 General Election, Hon. Odinga beat his chest as a disappointed Hon. William Ruto walked away from him, only for the 2013 results to reveal that Hon. Ruto had actually ran away with the Kalenjin voting block!” (WDM, 24.02.2021).

If you thought that was bad enough, he slings one harder one:

Bottomline: Things will never be the same for Hon. Odinga. At the moment, he has earned the moniker of “Mr. Dishonest”. Additionally, he has cast himself as an extremely self-centered man who will get into power by hook or crook. He is a man who is extremely untrustworthy — a man who cannot keep promises. How can Kenyans trust such a man to be their President? For a man who cannot keep his word while in Opposition, how will he keep it while in power as President? Who will trust him?” (WDM, 24.02.2021).

Here he says it with a straight face. There is no underlining message. The memo is in the open. Just as he shows back to further than 2013. Kalonzo went back to 2001. That is 20 years of defaulting alliances of Odinga. Clearly, there is a reason for all of this. Just as there is a reason for changing camps for Kalonzo. Kalonzo have history of switching teams himself. However, he was loyal to CORD and NASA. To deny that is dumb now. Even as he lied and dropped out one day. But we have seen what happened to Miguna Miguna and proves how damaging it was to other. Nevertheless, Odinga betrayed that oath only to favour the BBI. This is why I get Kalonzo. Even if he is a melon and a switcher himself. His points are reasonable and shows a pattern.

Kalonzo have been part of KANU, NARC, CORD and NASA. So, he has switched sides when it has been beneficial for him. He has seen Odinga and worked with him as well. They got history together. Now, that Odinga and ODM went for the Co-Principals. This was a genuine response from him . Give credit where credit is due. This was a decent response and Odinga better think of another way forward. Because, his position is at play and he wants to be King. It is just a matter of how he finesses himself ahead. Now, his ditching NASA/CORD allies, which is because of his enriching agreement with Jubilee. That is how it seems.

Kalonzo doesn’t shred any tears, but has his knives out. Peace.

Opinion: Car Grants over the Constitution

Today, the various of counties is voting on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Report and ensuring the verdict for a possible referendum. That happens after the Members of County Assemblies (MCA) are promised a two million shillings car-grant at their disposal. That is promised to further their resolve and ability to serve their representative function, but we know the drill of this. This is a pay-off and a literal kick-back to get them to vote in favour of the BBI.

It is a sweetener and incentive to get a car-grant. People would not deny that. To get free money or a free car plus allowances and possible higher wages. Is all a sweet deal. That without doing anything for it. Then showing up at the County Assembly and vote for a bill in favour of the government.

BBI is for the dynasties and the elites. The BBI isn’t to better the Republic. The ones who believes that is foolish, as the changes of the Constitution is to give more power to the Executive Branch and ensure some more perks for the closest associates. That is the reality of it all.

Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta can act differently. They can say it is for the betterment, but that is still not the case. This is just a scheme and a safety-net for them. Also, to achieve the due process they want. It is their bargain and not something the public asked for.

The BBI is the bastard-child of these two. It is the one that will be synonymous with both. The handshake and the arrangement thereafter. This is the deal and what they had to offer. It shows their concern and what they are willing to do.

None of them can say anything else. This is the sort of play they push. They are responsible and it is their endgame. These folks can act a fool, but we shouldn’t get caught by the hype. The reality is the bleak aftermath of the BBI. That the one in power will absorb much more and have a bigger advantage. This is something they will not state, but the proof is in the pudding.

The BBI isn’t a deal for the masses. No, it is for the next President and his Court. It s for the next government and next person to rule supreme. The one who get the throne after Kenyatta. Will eat good and enjoy the spoils the BBI created. It will give more leeway.

Not that its nearly impossible. Since, Kenyatta with the BBI and handshake muffled, silenced and bought his opposition. They cannot go after him and must support him, as they are contained by the BBI. It has been a blessing, as Odinga have been the ‘cleaner’ and the defender of the state. While supposed to be an ‘opposition’ leader. It has been a golden era that way for him. Nobody will get the same satisfaction in the future. However, Kenyatta and his Jubilee fixed it.

Now that its steamrolling in the Counties. The next is the referendum itself. Which will be different, but the IEBC is ready to deliver. Just like it has done with other elections. Don’t be shocked if chickens, goats and kittens votes for the BBI. There always be a friendly ghost in Caspar to seal the deal. The general public don’t even have to support it. They still have the algorithms from the Fresh Presidential Elections to use in their advantage.

So, well… Super Tuesday is a positive day for ODM and Jubilee. Let see how this plays out but expect it to be in favour of the regime. That is how things are going. Nothing else stopping them and that is the truth. Peace.

Opinion: Odinga outsmarted his Co-Principals three times [!!!]

Last but not least, this Coalition agreement is not simply a political vehicle, “a mbus” which we politicians will disembark on as soon as we assume office. Kenyans can bear us witness that we have kept the CORD coalition in good working order, holding the Jubilee administration’s feet to the fire relentlessly and incessantly” (ODM – STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL SUPER ALLIANCE AT THE UNVEILING OF THE COALITION AGREEMENT

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) “co-founder” off together with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The semi-opposition leader and “Unofficial” Prime Minister since the Handshake. A man who outfoxed his other National Super Alliance Co-Principals Stephen Kalonzo Mysoka (Wiper Democratic Movement – WDM), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress – ANC) and Moses Wetan’gula (former Forum for the Restoration of Democracy–Kenya – FORD-Kenya).

The way Odinga has been able to trick himself to the top of the opposition was first sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the 7th December 2013 with Kalonzo and Wetangula. Where he had agreed with their alliance of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to share the Presidency.

First Odinga to stand as a Presidential Flag-bearer in 2013. In 2017 it was supposed to Kalonzo and by 2022 it was Wetan’gula’s turn. However, we knew this deal wasn’t to be honoured. The ODM and Odinga used his means and changed CORD as well and made a new alliance ahead of 2017. That is why the Flag-bearer case changed…

The creation of National Super Alliance (NASA) was convenient for Baba. He got away from the CORD MoU and could use the new alliance as a launch-pad for yet another try to for the Presidency. Raila was still the biggest man in the opposition and had huge popularity. Therefore, Odinga could become the man again. Because of the addition of Mudavadi and ANC. This in turn changed the original agreement of being Kalonzo’s time to shine. So, that Odinga could be the head of another outfit.

Now ahead of 2022 the battle-lines are turning. Just like they did ahead of 2017. Odinga is clearly aiming for the main role again. This time he can use the dismay and the bad behaviour of the Co-Principals to dismiss them. As they didn’t show-up for him when he needed them most at his Swearing-In ceremony. However, Odinga haven’t helped or served any help for Miguna Miguna who actually was there and was deported for his role that day.

Kalonzo have made himself useful for the government. Odinga have become the “Codename the Cleaner” and the “fixer” of the former Co-Principals. Raila can act in outrage for what happened in early 2018. However, he know perfectly well that he played the political game and got the greatest cards. That after giving up the Road Canaan and the NASA Manifesto itself. Just ditching the whole plan and taking everything for ODM.

Yes, Odinga could feel betrayed by the Co-Principals for not showing up that one day. Nevertheless, he betrayed the CORD MoU and NASA with the Handshake to create the BBI. Not like Odinga is an angle in this and they are the devils. Yes, they are all wrong on some, but that has all been done for selfish interests at one point or another.

The act of not showing up was in fear of what would happen to them. The handshake was buying peace and getting leverage with the state. That is why the ODM has more roles, committees and all the benefits of being associated with Kenyatta. This is why the ODM and KANU entanglement have made more friction within Jubilee than ever before. That is why DP Ruto is creating his own ‘Hustler Nation’ and Political Party as well.

It is all a reaction to the decisions made after the Fresh Presidential Elections. That Odinga and Kenyatta took that handshake. Yes, the Co-Principals did Odinga wrong and deserves to be shattered for that. However, not long after … Odinga betrayed that same oath where he said:

I, Raila Amolo Odinga, in full realisation of the high calling assume the office of The People’s President of the Republic of Kenya, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the people and the Republic of Kenya; that I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Kenya, as by law established and all other laws of the Republic as adopted by the People of Kenya; I will protect and uphold sovereignty and dignity of the People of Kenya. So help me God” – Raila Odinga on the 30th January 2018 at Uhuru Park.

For someone who is supposed to protect and defend the Constitution… the BBI is a referendum the political dynasties is asking for, but no the general public. This is just done to serve a few men and create offices for the career politicians. That’s why with the BBI he betrayed the oath he made. It was only by 9th March 2018 that he violated his own oath and started the joint-venture with Kenyatta.

So, now that his dismissing and throwing the Co-Principals under the bus. It is the third election and ahead of that. He does it to ensure his the highest ranking leader. That is the gist of it. He got his way in 2013. Able to change the alliance and stand again. Now, he can use the “betrayal” card and call them disposable. Yes, his not wrong there either. Wetan’gula have lost most of his “power” since the last election. Mudavadi isn’t much either. Kalonzo could easily join a KANU-Jubilee coalition to get relevance.

That is why Odinga doesn’t need these gentlemen. However, he has had them as a team, but this handshake, BBI and betrayals in the city have affected them all. It can be used in all sorts of arguments and play. So, if Odinga goes hard on it. They can easily say his betraying his own oath. That he never honoured the CORD MoU of 2013 and didn’t even care about the NASA Coalition Agreement of 2017 either. As he used this political platform to get a political vehicle with the BBI. This is why Odinga should be careful how he goes after his Co-Principals. Even as an outsider like me can find enough troublesome acts.

Odinga or Baba, the ODM can bury the NASA now, as they have moved-on. However, it only shows that he cannot be trusted. As he will bury his allies for political gains and will not honour agreements himself, unless he earns something out of it quickly.

That is why people should not only blame the Co-Principals of the Opposition coalition, but look at the front-figure and what he did too. As he wasn’t alone in this, but has built a persona bigger than life. This is why he needs to be accountable as well. Not only Kalonzo, Mudavadi or Wetan’gula. They deserve to be mocked, ridiculed and questioned for actions, but so should Odinga as well. He wasn’t alone… he did as a part of team and he needs to answer himself.

When he oppose to endorse anyone else. That isn’t shocking. He didn’t want to do that in 2013 and 2017. So, why should he do that in 2022? That doesn’t make sense. When he doesn’t value CORD MoU. We should have known he was in it for himself only and nobody else. Peace.

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Opinion: Kenyatta’s bedfellows give him sleepless nights

It is now soon the final term of President Uhuru Kenyatta. You would think he would try to finish the Big Four and mighty pledges promised through two campaigns. However, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bought him peace, but it has also undressed the political elite. That is what has happened and it has vitalized the 2022 elections.

Kenyatta is showing that he has ushered in new bedfellows, which is now undermining him. They are not directly doing it, but the whole ordeal and execution of it is clearly hurting the President. Together with Raila Odinga he made this happen. The whole handshake and BBI. They are in this together and have had scheme now. That have overpowered the rest of the state organization and government policies. This is why the other pledges and matters seems to cease to exist.

Kenyatta have also made a deal with KANU. Also going into a coalition with Gideon Moi. This was certainly a move of powerful. While he offered a Envoy role to Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. In that regard paying of another party. So, that he had three parties plus his own in his hands. The President had ODM, KANu and WDM. They were all loyal bedmates.

While he did all this. He forgot his Deputy-President William Ruto. The one he was supposed to sleep with and be a tender partner too. The President was to work with a collective effort together. These two had campaigned for each other twice. They had been on the battlefield together and brought this government in as a coalition and a united party. Now, years later and close to the next election. These two seems like scorn exes who was betrayed by their lover.

Kenyatta should be happy his term is soon over. He is supposed to settle and ensure his legacy. Even as terrible as that may… he isn’t doing anyone any favours by dismissing his own DP. These two are from the same government and same party. Still, they seems to be miles apart and that someone has been deceitful.

Over all these years, if someone should be shielded and work together it should have been Kenyatta and Ruto. In ordinary fashion these should be buddy buds and partners in crime. Kenyatta and Ruto should resolve their terms. They should use the last final year to deliver the Big Four and everything else. However, the BBI have overshadowed that and its Grand Corruption scandals too. It just like all the bedfellows have stopped keeping the government accountable and only focus on the BBI.

It is the politicking of Kenyatta that got him here. He has made his bed and he got to sleep in it. It is special that he is blaming Ruto. They have been bedfellows for years and he has added others too. That is why the waters been so distorted and created all the issues. The BBI have just unravelled everything and the main goals. That is why Kenyatta is targeting his DP instead of looking into what he promised earlier. It is like he went on campaigning for BBI, but no one really ever did. That was just a creation to salvage and buy peace, but it became so much more.

They are preparing for 2022 but its only making them all naked. Their deceit and deceptions are in the open. A state that is tanked, having huge loans and grand corruption scandals over the years. Kenyatta’s latest triad in Sagana is just proving this. If he wanted to prove leadership and results. The way he went about isn’t that. It is more like his doing what he can to infinite in the circles of power.

Maybe Kenyatta hopes this BBI can salvage his legacy. However, it is only showing how torn and wrecked the elite is. When they have to do this and go against their own. The BBI is only proving the misgivings of elites and their entitlement for a new referendum. That is why he has to warn about cunning politicians… when Kenyatta is one of them himself.

President Kenyatta have made all these relationships and alliances. Just because he is done and isn’t de-attaching himself. Doesn’t mean his all right. That is very cunning himself. Yes, I am not a fan of Ruto, but Kenyatta isn’t that great either. He only seems to be in it to profit himself and not for government services.

It seem like Kenyatta is having sleepless nights. He soon ending this nightmare, but that will last for another year or until the BBI is law. Peace.

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