Ill-fitting shoes, clipped wings and botched political comebacks
6 months ago, 30 Dec 11:14
Kenya’s 2017 protracted political season claimed a few scalps of previously vocal members of the political season. Wrong party choices, popular waves and a host of blunders and egos played a huge part in holding these former powerful individuals behind. This was the year that former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale bit more than he could chew. The rubble-rousing bull fighter started off the year in his usual garrulous fashion, making it clear that he would not be running for the senate seat any more and that his eyes were firmly set on unseating current Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Khalwale’s attempt at becoming governor fell flat as Oparanya, in spite of the bull fighter’s constant jostling in Kakamega, convincingly beat him in the August 8 polls. Khalwale’s involvement in NASA national politics did little to endear him to the electorate. With other non-elective political positions within the Opposition being fully shared, Khalwale might be staring at a hard and cold five years in political wilderness. But unlike many of his former colleagues at the legislature, the medical doctor has a career he can fall back to. The post-Kibaki years were not kind for Martha Karua and 2017 was sure to become the come back year for the no-nonsense veteran politician. All seemed to go according to plan until a spanner hit the works when Anne Waiguru decided to throw her hat into the ring for the Kirinyaga governorship. In a region where Jubilee support is almost fanatical, Karua was brave enough to go it with her party Narc Kenya. It will be interesting to see whether she has any more lives to re-invent herself in the ever-changing political scene. Dennis Waweru dreamt of occupying Nairobi’s top seat, too. A one time front-runner in the race to City Hall, Waweru is slowly discovering that although it is lonely at the top, life sure is lonelier at the bottom. Whispers that he was a favourite candidate for the Jubilee ticket wafted into his ears and he set out on an incredible campaign to get the nod from the party fathers. He never got even a wink. By the time he realised it, it was too late. The investment banker tried to scurry back to defend his Dagoretti South parliamentary seat but the electorate had not forgotten a speech he once infamously made, telling them he was destined for greater things such as the governorship. They gave him the boot. Still, he could get a State job. Ababu Namwamba flew too close to the sun and got burned. The wax, holding the feathers that made up his wings at a time when he was soaring high above many of his peers, slowly started to melt. And with that, the feathers came undone and he began his downward spiral into what seems like political oblivion. The young, flashy and eloquent former Budalangi MP looks set to be the next Eugene Wamalwa, shunned at home but eager to please the powers that be. However, unlike many ...
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