For a long time now, the Kamba nation’s political fortunes have been bound to its leaders’ loyalty to the president.
Paul Ngei’s and Mulu Mutisya’s loyalty to Jomo Kenyatta was legendary. While Mutisya survived the loyalty test and continued being Moi’s anchorman in Ukambani, Ngei fell by the wayside.
For more than three decades, the Kamba fortunes depended on Mutisya’s loyalty to Moi. He passed the mantle to Kalonzo Musyoka. But politics of patronage began to crumble in the early 1990s with the advent of multiparty politics and came to a crushing end with the Kibaki presidency.
Unfortunately, nobody informed Kalonzo Musyoka of this development. His loyalty was briefly transferred to Kibaki, and for the past two decades, to Raila Odinga. Kalonzo’s loyalty is a relic of KANU era patronage. However, unlike Ngei and Mulu Mutisya, Kalonzo hopes to be president.
It is 2017 and Kalonzo still believes in blind loyalty and patronage. This is why the Kamba nation needs to ditch him and get new leadership. Kalonzo’s blind loyalty to Raila is misguided. It shows that he does not understand politics. First, Raila is Kalonzo’s political competitor. So why would he think that Raila would advance his career? Second, for more than two decades Raila could not make himself president.
How does Kalonzo expect Raila to do it this time round? Third, it is inconceivable that Raila’s unyielding 40-year quest for political power, punctuated by eight years of detentions and four presidential bids, have just been to serve a solitary term, then surrender power to a ‘watermelon’. Since Kalonzo is not a fool, let us assume that he does not understand politics and if he does, then he has decided to forget important lessons.
Kalonzo should read Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, then he will know that loyalty is overrated. Loyalty only works among the Mafia and the underworld. Only the ambitious become presidents. Raila has never allowed loyalty to come between him and his ambition. Raila’s loyalty to President Moi lasted only a few weeks.
To Kibaki, it lasted only two years, to Ford Kenya, not even a minute. When it became clear that Wamalwa Kijana was going to be Ford-K’s presidential candidate, Raila abandoned his father’s party to found his own. Dr Joshua Kivuva.