Opinion: Uhuru always seeks advice from Moi; Is that one of the reasons why Jubilee are so ruthless?
This here is more of the former master teaching its student. That is why we can see several of times in 2017 that Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent President of the Jubilee Party and former KANU Presidential Candidate are asking advice from Daniel Arap Moi. Moi was a dictator who ruled with an iron fist and with ruthless acts against his enemies. He had plans for the son of Jomo Kenyatta. Clearly, Moi is still influential, Uhuru have visited him in February and March 2017. Not only now in the midst of the busy schedule, he has always time for Moi and his advice. So expect him to always to back to the one that put him on. Even if it is bitter fruits and oppressive advice he is getting, as the ruthless activity Moi did when he was President. Looks like he is learning from him, when we see the levels of Police Brutality and gangs killings civilians of certain ethnic background in Kibera, Nairobi. This is worrying, as he could get more brutal advice, that could make the rift between NASA and Jubilee even futher. As people are awaiting the Supreme Court Justice ruling on the Election Petitions of the 26th October 2017.
Here is some previous articles on the succession of Kenyatta after Moi and lastly, rumors of what he discussed with Moi today.
Moi handpicked Uhuru in 2002:
“Mr Moi wants Uhuru Kenyatta, son of independence leader Jomo Kenyatta, to take his place. But although Mr Kenyatta is an educated man with impeccable pedigree, he is a political novice. The nomination has split the ruling party down the middle and raised suspicions across the country, even in Mr Kenyatta’s home town of Thika” (…) “For many, “Project Uhuru” smacks of power being handed from one self-interested dynasty to another. Mr Kenyatta is principally a businessman. He made his money from a vast empire ranging from safari camps to flower farms and the only time he stood for election, in 1997, he failed. But a year ago Mr Moi plucked him from the obscurity of a provincial party post, appointed him first an MP, then as minister and finally as presidential candidate. It could be a move he will regret” (Walsh, 2002)
“Before term limits forced Mr. Moi from office in 2002, he tried to position Uhuru Kenyatta, a son of Jomo, as his successor. Instead, voters chose an opposition leader, Mwai Kibaki. His decade-long tenure was tainted by allegations of police abuses, though he also tried to restore institutions wrecked by Mr. Moi. (The two had been allies, but had a falling out.) Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory is due in part to his running mate, Mr. Ruto — an odd alliance given that their factions were on opposing sides in the 2007 violence. A consummate chameleon, Mr. Ruto joined forces, in succession, with Mr. Moi, Mr. Odinga and Mr. Kibaki. He was this election’s kingmaker, happy to be wooed by both leading candidates” (Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 2013).
“Just days after the election, Kenya’s top man of letters, Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o, an avowed Leftist dissident detained by Uhuru Kenyatta’s father, made an insightful point in an article in the New York Times: “The real winner was a man who wasn’t on the ballot: Daniel arap Moi, the country’s leader from 1978 to 2002, who terrorized it for 24 years and destroyed all credible institutions, including political parties.” Kenyatta and Ruto were Moi’s political protégés, Ngugi noted. When multi-party politics was re-introduced in Kenya in 1991 against the wishes of Moi, he had turned to Ruto, then a young upstart wheeler-dealer but who quickly distinguished himself as a lieutenant for Youth for Kanu ’92, which conducted a campaign of violence and intimidation in the Rift Valley Province, home to Moi. Thousands of residents were forced to flee. Some returned, only to have to flee again around the next election, in 1997. The Rift Valley was also the epicenter of the 2007-8 violence, which displaced hundreds of thousands of people. As for Kenyatta, it was Moi who fished him out of political obscurity by nominating him to parliament. Kenyatta later served in Moi’s Cabinet, as did Ruto, and in 2002 Moi tried, but failed, to foist him on Kenyans as his successor. “The sycophancy and corruption of [Moi’s”> era are still ingrained in the political culture and are embodied by the rise of his allies in this election,” Ngugi observed” (Makori, 2015).
“Following this development, Uhuru Kenyatta has rushed to his political mentor, former president Daniel Arap Moi for counsel. Military choppers believed to have carried president Uhuru were seen in Kabarak today. According to our sources, there is also increased pressure by the Kenyan Government to control media coverage of the current events occurring in Kenya. This could not be further from the truth after NTV’s managing editor shared on his twitter handle the Kenya Governments effort to stop last Fridays NASA leaders, the Rt Hon. Raila Odinga home coming rally” (KDRTV Kenya News, 2017).
All of this can put things into perspective as the times the incumbent Kenyatta travels to him. There he will discuss and narrate possible strategies forward. Since the beginning of his political career has been under wings of Moi and Kenyatta seems to need his advice. Even if Ruto also been under his wings, Kenyatta prefers talking to him on his own. That is why they seemingly never travel together to Kabarak to discuss policy or strategies.
So the connection between Kenyatta and Moi is there, the proof of his temper and his attacks on institutions are understandable in that sense. Since he want the all power in his acts, instead of checks and balances of the courts. He want the IEBC to just follow his orders and the same with the Courts. The Police are following orders and the same are the army. Therefore, the ones who doesn’t is a problem and needs to fixed. Certainly, traits not of a statesman, but of a brewing dictator. Kenyatta is certainly learning Moi’s tricks. Even his former CS for Interior Joseph Nkaissery followed the traits of Moi with actions and district policies. Especially intimidation and splitting districts right before elections. The same was a known tactic of Moi, so the Kenyatta-Ruto government are continuing this legacy, not only in words and threats, but in their general activity. AS the NASA/CORD are trying to forge themselves and find peaceful means of transition.
We can hope the Supreme Court does the right thing tomorrow and nullify the 26th October Elections. If doing so, if the rumors are true about the talks today. There might soon be State of Emergency, as the Jubilee Administration and Cartels doesn’t want to loose power or lose a third election in a row. It is already humiliating as it is. If not it should be for Kenyatta, who again has to go to his predecessor for advice and recommendations. Even if Jubilee is the name, they are still modern-day KANU in power.
But it should be worrying that Moi still can interfere and use his ruthless mind into politics, as the havoc he created to stay in power. Are certainly traits you see of the leadership today, as innocent people dies and usually in Opposition Strongholds. Not where the Jubilee has “total” control and reside. That would be shocker and than more crisis signs would have posted by other than just opposition. Since the Police are blaming criminals and the opposition are blaming government. Nothing good is coming out of this, other than insecurity and more bloodshed for nothing else, than the pedestal and on top of that is Kenyatta. Peace.
KDRTV Kenya News – ‘Exposed: Why Uhuru Visited Retired President Moi At His Kabaral Home’ (19.11.2017) link: http://www.kdrtv.com/exposed-why-uhuru-visited-retired-president-moi-at-his-kabaral-home/
Makori, Henry – ‘Kenya: The return of tyranny’ (16.03.2015) link: https://www.pambazuka.org/governance/kenya-return-tyranny
Ngugi wa Thiong’o – ‘A Dictator’s Last Laugh’ (14.03.2013) link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/opinion/a-dictators-last-laugh.html
Walsh, Declan – ‘Moi is facing his greatest crisis since an attempted coup in 1982’ (12.10.2002) link:https://www.irishtimes.com/news/moi-is-facing-his-greatest-crisis-since-an-attempted-coup-in-1982-1.1099023