I would not want to be in Uhuru’s shoes today even if it was possible. The man who had seen himself near to the presidency by heading a government in waiting, has sleepless nights after Biwott’s take over of Kanu with the blessing of Moi, Kibaki government and Kanu delegates that attended the elections and elevated Mr Nicholas Biwott to a ministerial level, now that he will enjoy allowances like ministers by being in charge of the opposition. Biwott is now leading a government in waiting and will be the presidential candidate for Kanu party.
If he loses, and Kibaki wins re-election, the two may decide to form a coalition government. Such a move locks out Raila Odinga out indefinitely just like his father was punished by Mzee Kenyatta and Moi.
Led by the party secretary-general, Josphine Ojiambo, Kanu leaders yesterday celebrated their registration in Nairobi!
President Kibaki’s government has now legitimised the Government of National Unity by allowing the registration of Mr Nicos (Nicholas) Biwott’s KANU, “The Total Man” that ousted Mr Uhuru Kenyatta as Kanu Chairman.
Biwott will now take over as the leader of the opposition in parliament and will be accorded the respect and opposition leader is entitled to, despite the way the party leadership coup was orchestrated.
While Uhuru is now pondering his next move in the cold, Biwott is now the rightfull leader of Kanu and will take over the GK vehicles and the security detail that Uhuru has been enjoying.
Uhuru, son of the Nation’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, is reported to in shock after being dethroned!
Uhuru and his colleagues were misled by Raila Odinga who wanted to use them to push Kanu into joining ODM-K where Raila has a lot of power.
Mr Henry Kosgey, a man Moi had given a blessing by telling the Kalenjins to listen to, disappointed the former president when joined Raila’s ODM-K together with Mr William Ruto. Now the two men must be wondering what to do next. Whether to make up with Biwott and be takne back to Kanu or form a new party.
The duo, including Uhuru say they are planning to go to court to challenge Biwott’s take over. They are forgetting that in Kenya the courts hardly overturn decissions that the government has fingered.
It is interesting to see that Biwott’s group has chosen a woman to be Kanu’s Secretary General. This will lift up Kanu because women will argue that the party has recognised the right of women to be leaders.
As Secretary-General, if the party win elections opening the road to State House, she will be one of the leaders to decide who becomes what in a new government line-up.
The media has now reported that, “Mr Kenyatta as rallied his troops to dismiss the take over and vowed not to quit the Official Opposition seat in Parliament. His group will also not relinquish their positions in the party.”
According to reports, “In the Westminster Parliamentary system inherited from the British, the Official Opposition is regarded as the government in waiting. In that role, Mr Biwott will have to name a Shadow Cabinet whose members will have the first right to respond to business initiated by the government. Flanked by 17 MPs at Parliament Buildings, Mr Kenyatta talked of a scheme by those in Government to destroy Kanu and kill the Opposition.”
Unuru and his group are now publicly complaining saying,”this does not come as a surprise to us. We were aware of this Government ploy to demobilise and destroy the Official Opposition. We dismiss it as complete utter nonsense;” adding that,”the registration of the Biwott group was a move by the President to give legitimacy to the Government of National Unity (GNU).”
By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN.