The ceaseless politics and politicking in Kenya of 2019 and 2020: We have been there before, very much so:

The ceaseless politics and politicking in Kenya of 2019 and 2020: We have been there before, very much so:

Broadly speaking, there is nothing we see in Kenya today in 2020 that has not happened before in Kenyan History, as we sadly continue to run down this country of ours, rather than develop it. Politics and politicking is not development, and development is not politics and politicking. The two are mutually exclusive of each other and incompatible, and we really need to choose one or the other, rather than continue to deceive ourselves that we are on the "right track."

Democracy too is not development and development is not democracy. Heaven is not "democratic" and neither are "elections and referendums" held regularly in Heaven, but Heaven created the earth and all living things on the earth in six days and rested on the seventh, and maybe we should pick a leaf from Heaven and how Heaven runs things. Maybe the only "benchmarks" needed in this country of ours right now, are the study and emulation of how Heaven manages it's affairs, in an effort to restore sanity and direction in this country of ours.

For how much longer can we go on like this or should we go on like this? Isn't it just a matter of time before something gives, or has it already starting giving for that matter? Are we already there? Has the time bomb already started exploding, we just do not want to admit it? Were the final hours of Sodom and Gomorrah similar to Kenya today in 2020 as we know it i.e. a sinking ship mocking the deep seas it is sailing in, mocking the sharks that await the moment of sinking, mocking ship builders, and mocking Heaven?

Today it is Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), "infighting" in the ruling Jubilee Party, "Kieleweke, Tangatanga, Tibim and Tialala."

In 2003 and 2004 as mentioned above, it was the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) arm of the then ruling National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) vs. the National Alliance Party of Kenya (NAK) arm of the then ruling National Rainbow Coalition (NARC).

At independence in 1963, it was the Kenya African National Union (KANU) vs. the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU).

From 1966 to 1969, it was the Kenya African National Union (KANU) vs. the Kenya Peoples Union (KPU).

Between 1992 and 2002 it was the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) of President Daniel T. arap Moi, versus a host of opponents, including the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (FORD) of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Kenneth Matiba, that split into two i.e. FORD-Asili of Kenneth Matiba, and FORD-Kenya of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, the Democratic Party (DP) of Mwai Kibaki, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) of Charity Ngilu and Prof. Anyang Nyong'o, SAFINA of Dr. Richard Leakey, the Islamic Party of Kenya (IPK) of Sheikh Khalid Balala, and the National Development Party (NDP) of Raila Amolo Odinga.

Sometime starting the mid-1990s onwards, there was also infighting in the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) i.e. "KANU A vs. KANU B," leading to a breakaway from KANU in 2002, of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) mentioned above.

Current Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta stayed in one of the KANU camps, alongside the likes of Musalia Mudavadi and current Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, while the other KANU camp i.e. the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), moved and joined ranks with the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) mentioned above. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) camp that left KANU, partly comprised Prof. George Saitoti, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moody Awori, Raila Odinga, Otieno Kajwang and Prof. Anyang Nyong'o.

In 2002 it was the Kenya African National Union (KANU) vs. the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC). The National Alliance Party of Kenya (NAK) arm of the ruling National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), led by then Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, formally split with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at the 2005 Constitutional Referendum won by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the remaining KANU splinter of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. At the time, Uhuru Kenyatta was the official head of the opposition in Kenya, with both Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto famously being tear gased by riot police as they tried to storm Uhuru Park Nairobi, prior to the 2005 Constitutional Referendum, to hold a political rally that Mwai Kibaki's Government had declared illegal.

There was a further split in the ruling National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), with Martha Karua moving to form NARC-Kenya, alongside the likes of Robinson Njeru Githae and Danson Mungatana.

However in October 2007, just two months before Kenya's December 2007 elections, President Mwai Kibaki set aside the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), instead launching the Party of National Unity (PNU). Martha Karua and NARC-Kenya rejoined President Mwai Kibaki in PNU. Uhuru Kenyatta who President Mwai Kibaki had tear gased two years earlier in 2005, also joined President Mwai Kibaki in PNU, along with his party KANU. What was largely the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), now transformed itself into the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). William Ruto did not follow Uhuru Kenyatta to PNU, and instead became one of the key figures in ODM.

There was a splinter in ODM i.e. Kalonzo Musyoka and ODM-Kenya.

Despite the split in ODM, ODM remained "revolutionary" more "revolutionary" than the Kenya African National Union (KANU) at independence in 1963.

What followed were the most shameful and most regrettable Kenyan elections of December 2007. All the three main participating parties i.e. PNU, ODM and ODM-Kenya stole massively at both the party nomination level and at the main elections, and it was a massively flawed election from start to finish.

Almost all of the candidates that prevailed at the 2007 elections were not a true reflection of the wishes of the Kenyan people, from the Presidential winner, to the Members of Parliament who won, to the Civic candidates who won, a scenario that played out similarly at the 2013 and 2017 elections that have followed since.

It was not the 2007 Presidential election alone that was openly stolen, the entire 2007 elections were stolen at all levels by all participants. It was a total miscarriage of the will of the Kenyan people, and strictly speaking, the 2007 elections should have been declared null and void in entirety, and repeated and redone at all levels nationwide i.e. party nominations, the presidential election, elections for parliament, and elections for civil seats.

Symbolically though, and only symbolically, ODM won the 2007 elections because they prevailed in six out of eight provinces in Kenya.

The 2007 elections resulted in a Coalition Government, what was referred to as the Grand National Coalition, that bickered and feuded much much more than it governed from 2008 to 2013. Nothing meaningful took place in Kenya from 2008 to 2013 actually.

For example, Martha Karua and NARC-Kenya once again parted ways with President Mwai Kibaki. Martha Karua and Danson Mungatana resigned from Government as Minister and Assistant Minister respectively, though Robinson Njeru Githae, cautiously, wisely and cleverly remained in Government as a Cabinet Minister, saying he "would vigorously campaign for change and expansion of the democratic space, from within Government."

So we have been there before in Kenya, very much so i.e. "Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), Kieleweke, Tangatanga, Tibim, Tialala, Handshake and 'infighting' in the ruling Jubilee Party."

At the 2010 Constitutional Referendum it was "Yes" vs. "No." "Yes" prevailed, and a new Kenyan Constitution came into being on 27th August 2010, a new Kenyan Constitution that has been in a crisis and in free fall for 10 years now, to the extent that Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has now been unveiled to reform the 2010 Constitution via a proposed referendum, which would be the third Constitutional Referendum since 2005. President Jomo Kenyatta and President Daniel T. arap Moi introduced constitutional amendments as and when necessary, not unnecessary wholescale Constitutional Referendums, like the regimes of President Mwai Kibaki and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In 2013, it was The National Alliance (TNA) versus the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

In 2017, it was the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) versus the National Super Alliance (NASA).

What will it be in 2022 and beyond? Are we playing with fire or has the fire already began?

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