Decoding The National Alliance (TNA) of Uhuru Kenyatta
Despite the pomp and fanfare witnessed at the launch of Uhuru Kenyatta’s new Party – “The National Alliance (TNA)” – the lavish event exposed three stark realities in Kenyan politics: the growing political emptiness of opportunist parties vying for power; the deepening political confusion in the run up to the next general elections and the inability of the Kenyan bourgeoisie to put forward a credible political alternative that could address the economic and social crisis in Kenya.
Most importantly, the launch confirmed the need for continued pursuit of a revolutionary outfit that could pose a serious challenge to the rotten capitalist system of government to pave the way for the reconstruction of the devastated Kenyan society where millions of poor people continue to suffer untold human suffering at the hands of the wealth-grabbing political elite represented by Uhuru Kenyatta and Company.
For millions of deprived Kenyans who are unable to put food on the table, the lavish launch of TNA was a hopeless exercise, if not, a sordid public display of how millions of stolen tax payers money can be wasted by the wealth grabbers on hopeless political pursuits to maintain the status quo.
After show-casing a bunch of well-fed, well-groomed and well-dressed youths “at the helm” of TNA’s leadership, and after these youths were bamboozled into choreographed expressions of personal political ambitions vis-à-vis the political and social crisis in Kenya, it was very depressing when the 28-year old TNA’s Chairman, Mr. Johnstone Sakaja, announced, in his inaugural speech, that the youthful Party apparatchiks who had just been paraded would not vie for Parliamentary seats under the banner of the new Party. This was the first serious signal that all was not well.
The dilemma that propels Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential bid
What this means is that these young marionettes, who were all profiled as key agents of a “generational change” in Kenyan politics, will remain perpetual spectators in TNA. This is because their political roles will be usurped by Uhuru Kenyatta’s clowns who have been competing among themselves to sell the unsellable ethnic ideals of the moribund “GEMA monster” whose phony leaders, led by the late John “Kimendeero” Michuki, unilaterally anointed Uhuru the “King” of the Kikuyu.
It was after this coronation that Uhuru announced at a GEMA meeting in Limuru (early this year), that he would soon make public his new political bandwagon that would promote the GEMA agenda of Kikuyu hegemony in Kenyan politics. This is the brief formative history of TNA. Since his anointment as leader of the Kikuyu, Uhuru has been sailing against the anti-Kikuyu wave in Kenya as he faces stiff opposition from a cross section of prominent Kikuyu personalities opposed to the perpetuation of tribalism by the waning GEMA establishment.
Progressive Kikuyus like: Reverend Timothy Njoya; former Attorney General Charles Njonjo; Spokesperson of “Kikuyus for Change” Ngunjiri Wambugu; MPs Gitobu Imanyara, Mithika Lunturi, and Alex Mburi; former MPs Wanyiri Kihoro and Paul Muite; former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga; billionaire Kikuyu businessman, Stanley Githunguri; musician Eric Wainaina; former Chairman of the Kenya Human Rights Commission Maina Kiai; Chairman of the Kenya Red Alliance (KRA), Martin Ngatia, Coordinator of the Sweden-based “Making a Difference” Joseph Munene together with Kikuyu Academics, Civil Society leaders, Church groups and a growing list of forward-thinking Kikuyus have all seen through the GEMA smokescreen and came out openly to oppose Kikuyu ruling class agenda of political domination of other ethnic groups in Kenya.
These progressives have consistently sent strong warning signals to their confused kindred against embracing a tribally chauvinistic, antagonistic and atavistic GEMA-conjured concept that only a Kikuyu is entitled to the seat of President of the Republic of Kenya.
Unfortunately, Uhuru Kenyatta, his family and cronies alike, have grabbed enormous wealth in Kenya such that in their narrow world-view, the preservation of this stolen wealth can only be guaranteed by a Kikuyu president. This dilemma is the sole propeller of Uhuru’s Presidential bid. The TNA scheme is simple. In this anti-democratic mission, the filthiness of the tactics and the absurdity of the strategy is of no significance.
Can the “new generation” be led by a suspected war criminal?
Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking to camouflage the GEMA agenda under the cloak of a more fashionable “politics of generational change” as a spring-board to State House and, in this strategy, the hastily constituted TNA ramshackle is the perfect construction for this catastrophic journey that has just began. In his typical naiveté, born out of spoon-feeding since childhood, Uhuru believes that with the politically attenuated leadership of the new party, TNA is the magic wand which will help mesmerize the Kenyan youth “en masse” to deliver him the Presidency.
In fact, if Uhuru does manage to gather a formidable following outside the known bracket of the lumpen Kikuyu youths who were mobilized to form a crowd for the Media outside KICC, it will be safe to conclude that Kenyan youths have become politically bastardized and depraved, if not, perverted and confused. This is because with his land grabbing family background, history of mega corruption scandals in government and alleged blood on his hands following the 2007 Post Election Violence, Uhuru Kenyatta is the last Presidential candidate any sane youth can vote for. His station is in the ICC, not State House. What is more?
TNA’s hastily assembled leadership is packed with “political babies” who have been “silenced in advance” through guaranteed pampering using the billions of Kenyan shillings Uhuru has been stealing from the Treasury as Finance minister since he abandoned his role as Leader of Official Opposition to enter into a dirty pre-election pact with octogenarian Mwai Kibaki who stole elections in 2007 before rewarding Uhuru with the DPM’s post and a Cabinet position to boot.
Unless the crisis of capitalism in Kenya has wiped out all intelligence of “progressive Kenyan youths” seeking a real “generational change” in Kenya’s political leadership, it is impossible to understand how a new breed of youthful leaders could construct a brand new political Party to vie for power, register it officially then hand it over on a platter to a suspected war criminal who has officially been indicted by the ICC to face charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague, a serious case built on evidence of a macabre massacre of more than 1,500 Kenyans in the name of installing a Kikuyu as Kenya’s president in 2007.
The situation is even more flabbergasting when the leader of the new Party has been confirmed as an intolerant, corrupt, and arrogant ethnic chauvinist who happens to be the son of a former iron-fisted dictator known to have been a top land grabber who frustrated, tracked down, arrested, silenced, imprisoned, detained, crippled, maimed and routinely assassinated his opponents in the process of converting Kenya into an autocratic one-Party State, all in the name of confining political power in Kenya within “The House of Mumbi”. Surely, is there any sane Kenyan who can still be hood-winked by Uhuru Kenyatta’s out-dated antiques into voting for him in any election, presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial, parliamentary or otherwise?
TNA launched without a Political program
In any political Party, the most valuable asset is not memories of a pompous launch using stolen money but a well pampered political Program. Although satellite connected information systems with huge screens at strategic counties were mounted to create the impression of a “massive national Party”; and despite its profile as a “high-tech” outfit using “state of the art” technology for communication, TNA has no website where its ideas could be scrutinized. The web address that was made available during the launch is not even worth visiting for any information about the Party because there is nothing.
This is after the Party spent an estimated Ksh 150-200 million on the launch. For a glimpse of the Party’s politics, one has to glean whatever is available from the speeches of marionette Johnstone Sakaja, the Party’s Chairperson, marionette Onyango Oloo, the Secretary General and the ICC suspect himself, Uhuru Kenyatta. Even then, one still draws a blank because the speeches were loaded with slogans about “generational change”, “forgetting the past”, “upholding justice for all” “creating an enabling environment”, “empowering the youth” etc. None of the key issues at the hearts of millions of Kenyans were touched. A few examples will suffice.
Dodging the big political questions
Specifically, no speaker addressed the thorny issue of landlessness in Kenya. This was not strange because Uhuru Kenyatta’s family is the biggest land grabber in the Republic. According to the Ndungu Report, the Kenyatta family collectively owns land the size of Nyanza province, home to almost 8 million people. Consequently, Uhuru Kenyatta is not in a position to fight land grabbing in Kenya or to address the issue of landlessness across the country.
Secondly, TNA did not articulate to Kenyans how it would confront tribalism because Uhuru Kenyatta is one of the top tribalists in the Republic. He has publicly associated with GEMA, an open tribal outfit whose key tenet is that Kenya belongs to the Kikuyu ethnic group. When he was Minister for Finance, Uhuru packed members of his Kikuyu ethnic group in every key financial institution to facilitate smooth looting of the economy. In fact, key government institutions are packed with Kikuyus “from top to bottom”, and in certain instances, Kikuyu language is the official language of communication! For TNA, the question of tribalism will continue to remain a no go area because the boss is, himself, the main criminal.
Thirdly, TNA went totally quiet on how the Party will tackle the issue of corruption because according to documentary evidence in the public domain, Uhuru Kenyatta remains one of the most corrupt politicians currently with access to state power. In advanced capitalist democracies such as Sweden, Uhuru can never be allowed to run for high office because no one would vote for him.
In one corruption case, the son of Jomo carted away Ksh 7 billion from the Treasury and got away with it by claiming that the entry of the missing funds was actually the result of a computer error. In a recent case that has been well documented by Mwalimu Mati of the Mass Group, over Ksh 400 billion could not be accounted for in the Treasury between 2009 and 2010, time when Uhuru was the Finance Minister. No one has questioned the son of Jomo because as a top Kikuyu in government, he is protected. Further, when the Kenyan shilling began to depreciate last year as a result of wanton looting of the economy, Uhuru simply refused to surface in Parliament when summoned to explain the crisis and he got away with it because Kibaki, a Kikuyu, was protecting him. The failure of TNA to come up with a Program that could explain how the Party would fight corruption was therefore not accidental.
To cut a long story short, TNA was totally quiet about the Party’s commitment to implementing the new Kenyan Constitution. Why? Because Uhuru Kenyatta, its leader, is probably the record holder when it comes to violating the new Constitution followed by William Ruto. Despite being an ICC indictee, Uhuru has refused to relinquish his post as DPM in total violation of the Constitution. Even as he launched TNA, he had not resigned from KANU and this was in utter violation of Political Parties Act in the new Constitution.
Under the guise of “Prayer meetings” following confirmation of charges at the ICC, Uhuru has been moving from county to county, spreading hate speeches as a way of inciting a new civil war in Kenya before he is locked at The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity. Committing TNA into implementing the new constitution means that the Party will have to make a commitment that it will surrender its leader to face trial at ICC, a prospect that is fundamentally “mission impossible”.
Instead of circulating its Program, Kenyans were treated to spontaneous chants of “I believe”, an empty and meaningless slogan which could have more relevance within the religious community when it is chanted repeatedly in a mesmeric moment of prayer as the faithful fathom about the eventual trip to heaven where they would enjoy life after death.
Can the real “I believe” prayer be chanted please?
If Kenyans must chant the “I believe” solgan, it ought to be during those moments when they assert their belief that when the right time comes justice will eventually prevail in Kenya. The narrative would go as follows:
I believe that one day, Uhuru Kenyatta will be carted away to The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity so that the souls of hundreds of Kenyans who lost their lives can eventually rest in peace; I believe that once Uhuru is carted away, and, on the basis of strong evidence available at the ICC, Uhuru will be found guilty of the alleged crimes and locked behind bars for 80 years, yes I believe…
I believe that one day, a government which can confiscate the massive land grabbed by the Kenyatta family will come to power to write the wrongs of the past; I believe that in the history of Kenya, thousands of landless Kenyans who have been evicted from their homes by the Kenyatta family will one day be settled on confiscated Kenyatta family land; I believe that the beneficiaries will include Kikuyu IDPs who have been languishing in filthy camps following the Uhuru-instigated PEV in 2007 yes I am a believer…
I believe that the huge business empire set up by the Uhuru family using stolen wealth from poor Kenyans will one day be recovered by the State to be used for building hospitals, dispensaries and schools across Kenya; I believe that workers living on starvation wages as they are exploited by the Kenyatta family will one day be compensated using resources confiscated from the Kenyatta family; I believe that the billions of Kenyan shillings stolen from the tax payer since the Presidency of Jomo Kenyatta will, one day, be tracked down and confiscated to bring to an end the Kenyatta family wealth-grabbing menace, yes I believe…