When pictures of a LUNCHTIME MEETING BETWEEN FORMER VICE PRESIDENTS KALONZO AND MUSALIA MUDAVADI circulated on social media yesterday, Kenyans were reminded of the able assistants who have deputized Kenyan leaders before. These are leaders who sacrificed their individual interests to serve their country and remain loyal to their Presidents.
We recalled how the late Saitoti even under immense pressure remained loyal to President Moi. He stood up in Kasarani and said,
“There comes a time when a nation is greater than an individual”
We recalled how, Mudavadi sacrificed all his political ambitions to remain Loyal to President Moi who had appointed him his deputy. We recalled how Kalonzo was called all sorts of names, including watermelon for standing firm behind Kibaki. These indeed were principled distinguished able assistants.
Today, we are living in totally different times. That an assistant of the current president has greater interests than the nation itself. Our economy is down, runaway corruption is inhibiting us, the youths have no jobs, and yet the deputy president is out to upstage, out run and overshadow his boss so as to inherit his seat.
Yesterday, the two leaders had a lunch date. H.E. Musalia Mudavadi indicated they talked on a wide range of national issues.
After the meeting, Kalonzo Msyoka had a public function, where he clearly took a similar view with Mudavadi on the matter of tokenism. He said and I quote;
“You can’t put money in the pockets of Kenyans by giving them wheelbarrows. How many wheelbarrows can you supply? That is tokenism and it is a very bad economic principle.
“It shows you these Tangatanga people have no ideas on principles”
Mudavadi, Former president Moi, Late Saitoti and Kalonzo Msyoka served their terms as vice presidents faithfully and remained loyal. That is what Uhuru Kenyatta is lacking. No wonder delivery on his big four agenda and other promises including stadiums has remained in limbo.
If WSR was principled enough to find the government he serves to be untenable with his vision he should resign and chart his own path for 2022.
Jaramogi resigned in 1966
Matiba resigned in 1988
Kibaki resigned in 1991
Nyachae resigned in 1999
But then again; If wishes were horses, beggars would ride! We have to put up with his shenanigans of wheelbarrows and hustling as we watch the country go down to the dogs, just to satisfy his greed and ambitions for 2022.
By Peter Amunga