Raila and Uhuru Handshake.

KIBANDASKI: Is The NASA Ship Sinking?

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“We give Russia our attention for a month and the country is falling apart. Sijui Oh! The sugar we’ve been taking in our tea during that cold World Cup season has copper and mercury. Mara Oh! All the arrested suspects behind the NYS scam have been released on a one million bail! Kiasi kiasi Oh! Students have started burning dormitories (let’s out a deep and angry sigh)! Though in all these happenings the one that really stands out for me is the NASA ship sinking one. You people know I was. Yes! Was is the word. It’s past tense because right now I am totally confused on which ship I am supposed to be in. As I was saying, you people know I was a staunch NASA supporter. My friends, I used to miss work so that I can attend the rallies. Then…..”

 

“Then the handshake happened!” I interrupted. Jaduong had been talking. Rather complaining about the current affairs of our motherland. “The handshake did throw us into a political and to some extent a social frenzy. NASA supporters are angry and feel short-changed. For the Jubilee supporters, we are a group of mixed people with mixed feelings. But in all this, Kenyans need to learn a very big lesson; we are alone. All alone. All the lost lives. Little children, teenagers, mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers…..Kenyans. All the chaos and destruction. All the neighbor to neighbor conflict and the thick cloud of fear that covered Kenya. All that has led to a handshake. This for me is disparaging.”

Raila and Uhuru Handshake.
Raila and Uhuru Handshake.

“Let me quote the Daily, and I quote:“ As founder of NASA, the one-time Vice President told The Daily he is obliged to keep the ship afloat: “I must meditate. I am driven by objectives we all agreed to pursue as NASA. These objectives didn’t terminate with elections. They live on and have become more pertinent given the harsh lives Kenyans are living. We’re therefore left with no option in NASA other than to be guided by our covenant to play our oversight role in and out of Parliament.” ” But to be honest friends, what I see is a man in denial. The NASA Principal Mr. Musalia Mudavadi is all that remains as pertains to NASA. He is a smooth and soft spoken man but I think he will also crack. Not long ago Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka also joined the handshake bandwagon. Mr. Bonnie Khalwale is out there spreading the campaign of a broken marriage. Only last month, for instance, Mr Wambua led a delegation of legislators from the Wiper party to meet DP Ruto. And Ford-Kenya’s deputy party leader, Dr Khalwale, is categorical that his party is ready to reach out to every political player except one Raila Amolo Odinga. Mark you Ford-Kenya is Mr Moses Wetangula’s party. Yet you people think the ship is not sinking. Basically NASA is left with three key principals, two on the government’s side and the other fighting to resuscitate the role of opposition. Mwaniki you’re too quiet. You were the ever non biased one. What is your take?” Baba Boi poked at Mwaniki.

 

“I do believe that NASA was a pre-election coalition whose prime goal was to win the 2017 elections. Such failed coalitions disband. But the peculiarity of Kenyan party politics is that coalitions tend to outlive the elections and endure in a quest to re-engineer themselves in the inter-election period in preparation for the next elections. What am I saying? If the handshake lasts longer and leads to the re-organisation of political alliances spearheaded by Uhuru, Raila and others, then NASA (and probably Jubilee as well) will certainly be abandoned as the political actors reposition themselves and form alternative coalitions. In short, my take is that NASA is doomed to die and any efforts to keep it alive will result in total futility. But yet again we have four more years to the next elections. A lot can happen in those years. Never under estimate Kenya’s politics. For me, these are just the post-theatrics of Kenya’s party politics. As the wise men said, ‘Vindu vichenjanga’.

NEMA Demoliotions
NEMA Demoliotions

“The ever insightful Mwaniki, we will watch out for the next season of Kenya’s Party Theatrics. But also Mr Mudavadi has a big point when he speaks about the role of opposition being overridden. Currently Kenya’s opposition is weak, non-functional and if the handshake lasts long, opposition will be just but a useless sector. And have you guys seen the work NEMA is doing? Superb!”

by Victor Githinji(victor is a writer, blogger and student at Strathmore university)

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